Ring job

Jason Tucker found out over the weekend that his 2003 Grey Cup ring was stolen. (Edmonton Sun...

Jason Tucker found out over the weekend that his 2003 Grey Cup ring was stolen. (Edmonton Sun File/Darryl Dyck)

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:11 AM ET

Jason Tucker had a sick feeling yesterday - but it had nothing to do with the after-effects of getting his bell rung at Taylor Field in Regina.

After taking a vicious hit to the head on Saturday afternoon in the first preseason game of the year, Tucker returned to Edmonton and realized Sunday morning that his 2003 Grey Cup ring had been stolen.

Appraised at $12,000, the uninsured ring was stashed deep in the console inside his 2000 Ford Excursion, which was parked at the team's training camp hotel.

"I walked out (of the hotel yesterday) and saw that my console was up and I knew what was gone ... I didn't have to look," said the all-star receiver.

SENTIMENTAL VALUE

Although the 2005 Grey Cup ring is more expensive, the 2003 ring carries much more sentimental value.

"That was my first championship ring ever ... and I won MVP (in the game)," he said.

"That has more sentimental value than anything."

And he believes his expensive automobile with Texas plates - which has been parked at the hotel for two weeks - was targeted by whoever made the heist early Sunday morning.

"It had to be," said Tucker, who didn't lose anything else in the robbery, as his golf clubs and CDs were left behind.

But he does realize some of the responsibility for the high-profile theft belongs on his shoulders.

And his wife certainly reminded him yesterday morning.

Thinking his ring would never get stolen, he regularly left the huge gold piece of jewellery in his truck.

Tucker also knows he should have got his door locks repaired.

"I know my front (driver) door sometimes locks, but sometimes it doesn't," he explained.

"Even sometimes it appears locked, but when you pull the handle, it will open up."

In this case, it appears the door was unlocked.

Regardless, his teammates feel his pain.

"That sucks," said defensive end Tim Fleiszer.

"I am kind of paranoid (about getting my rings taken).

"I tend to split them up and keep them in different cities.

"I hide them in places you wouldn't tend to think of and I change it up.

"They're priceless. I have got (mine) insured.

"It's worth it."

Head coach Danny Maciocia had the best line that summarized Tucker's dreadful weekend.

"He got ringed and ringed again," said Maciocia before getting serious.

"It is unbelievable.

"Think about it, what are (the thieves) going to do with it, wear it?

"Anybody who recognizes the ring will know it's Jason Tucker's ring."

The ring has Tucker's name and No. 83 engraved.

PRINTS LIFTED

The Edmonton Police Service has opened a file on the missing ring and has taken fingerprints from items in the truck.

And while the cops hope to find a suspect, Tucker has a message for whoever holds the ring.

"Just give it back," he said.

"It means more to me than it means to you.

"Turn it into police - say you found it."

But on the bright side, Tucker is making the plea without any concussion symptoms from the wallop he received from Saskatchewan Roughrider defensive back Omarr Morgan in the first quarter Saturday. The only after-effects he has are two stitches on his chin and a big white bandage.

He knows life could be worse.

"I could be laying in the hospital," he stated.


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