When Larry and Kay Morris were financially destitute in the 1990s, she tried to sell everything she could — antiques, jewelry, household items of value.
But she would not sell her husband's ring from the 1963 championship Bears. That meant too much to them.
Some former players, such as Roosevelt Taylor and Bob Kilcullen, still wear them every day.
Mike Ditka stopped wearing his and he wears the 1985 Super Bowl championship ring instead. "That ring looks like a high school class ring almost," Ditka said. "There isn't a lot to it. It was a minimal cost to Mr. Halas, believe me."
The ring features a small diamond set in an image of Wrigley Field.
Ed O'Bradovich got tired of seeing former Packer Paul Hornung flash his glitzier championship rings, so O'Bradovich dressed his up with more diamonds. And he wears it still.
O'Bradovich's ring isn't the only one that has been altered. When Bob Wetoska's weight dropped to 210 from 275, he had his ring downsized.
Wetoska also had to have his diamond replaced after he dropped the ring and the original diamond was chipped.
After Roger Davis was traded to the Rams, his ring was stolen out of his locker.
Richie Petitbon keeps his in a safe deposit box, along with three other championship rings from his coaching career.
Doug Atkins isn't sure where his is, but "it's around here somewhere."
A number of the 1963 Bears have passed along their rings to their sons.
Larry Glueck gave it to his son John when John graduated from law school.
After wearing his ring for nearly 50 years, Ronnie Bull gave his ring to his son Randy. "I wanted to watch my son wear it, to see him have the greatest pleasure I had to wear it, while I was alive," Ronnie Bull said. "I didn't want to wait until I was dead for him to have it."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun