Athletes play their entire career to say they’re the best – either individually or as a team. And if you’re lucky enough to be part of that, you’re awarded a ring as an accomplishment for your achievements. A very expensive ring.
Players/coaches and team officials often do get different rings, the player/coaches rings being far more valuable but that’s not to say the ring of a team staffer isn’t lucrative – not in the least bit.
Still, when you have a Super Bowl ring, everybody wants to get a glimpse and when you’re a gracious party guest like Baltimore Ravens receptionist Toni Lekas, you let people see it when they ask. What you don’t do though is let it out of your sight, which is a mistake Lekas made.
I’ll let Ravens.com fill in the blanks:
On Aug. 3, Ravens Receptionist Toni Lekas and her boyfriend, Chuck Lykes, were at a boat party on the river. Toni brought her ring because when you’ve got one, the ring is actually the intended invite and surely the guest of honor. Toni went to leave the party at about 8 p.m. and asked to have her ring back. Chuck said a friend was on his way to come see the ring and asked if he could give it back the next day. Admittedly against her better judgment, Toni left it. It was a windy night and as the group tried to dock the boat, it kept pulling away. Somebody called for Chuck, who was about to put the ring away below deck, to grab a rope. As Chuck pulled the rope, it hooked on the ring on his pinky finger. When the rope tugged, it pulled the ring off. It flew into the dark night.
Talk about panic. Chunk, according to the story, leaped into the water and immediately began feeling around for the sinking ring but it was too late. The ring had already sunk to the bottom of the nine foot deep harbor in pitch black.
By the time morning would arrive, who knows where the tides would have taken it. Thankfully, Lekas did have the ring insured and she was able to get a replacement, but, yikes.