Fuzzy Thurston Forced to Sell Super Bowl II Ring
Frederick "Fuzzy" Thurston was a vital part of the Green Bay Packers' first two Super Bowl wins. Things are not as great for Thurston now, as trouble with the federal government has led to the forced sale of his Super Bowl II Championship ring, as well as other memorabilia from his playing days. The government also plans to sell his Super Bowl I ring but it has not been located.
The problems for Thurston arose from a chain of restaurants that he co-owned following his football career. Although federal taxes were withheld from employees' paychecks, the money never made it to the IRS. In 1984, Thurston was ordered to pay approximately $190,000 but interest has continued to build. The amount now stands at $1.7 million. A court order has been issued for sale of his championship rings, a gold watch and other memorabilia. Proceeds from the sales will go toward the money owed by Thurston in back taxes.
The auction containing Thurston's ring is slated to take place at the National in Chicago on August 4th. Other items, including the former lineman's 1960 Packers helmet and two footballs signed by the 1960 Green Bay team and Coach Lombardi, will be sold in the Fall Heritage Sports Auction, which will end on November 11th.
Thurston was an offensive lineman who played for the Green Bay Packers from 1959 through 1967. Originally drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in 1958, he was a member of six World Champion teams during his playing career, including wins in the first two Super Bowls as a Packer. Thurston was a two-time All-Pro with Green Bay and was elected to the Packers Hall of Fame in 1975.