'Priceless' ring pawned

PABLO FERNANDEZ -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:04 AM ET

Although the Grey Cup ring up for grabs at a city pawn shop is reportedly selling for $8,500, the item is actually priceless, said the president of the company that forged it.

The ring allegedly belongs to one of the most successful Calgary Stampeders of all time -- Fred Childress.

The 6-ft.-4, 345-lb. offensive lineman won two Grey Cups with the red and white -- 1998 and 2001.

The ring at the Pawnshop Superstore, located at 3520 17 Ave. S.E., is the 2001 ring commemorating the Stamps' victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The championship ring is made of 10 karat gold, weighs nearly 70 grams and is encrusted with diamonds, said Miran Armutlu, president and CEO of Intergold Ltd., the company that makes the pieces.

Although the materials alone would reel in a hefty price, one can't put a pricetag on such an item, he said.

"It's priceless," said Armutlu.

"How many kids play football, how many end up playing professionally and how many of them end up winning the Grey Cup?

"That's why we create these pieces, because they are priceless."

Childress could not be reached yesterday, as he is attending to a family emergency back home in Arkansas, Sun sources said.

The large lineman blazed an enviable trail while with the Stamps, from 1996 to 2003.

He was named to the West Division all-star team six times, he's been named All-Canadian and the CFL's most outstanding lineman.


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