David “Deacon” Jones’ National Football League Hall of Fame Ring: Lost, Found, and Returned

In 2012, David “Deacon” Jones lost his heavy gold National Football League Hall of Fame ring. He and his wife, Elizabeth, ransacked their house but they could not find it. In June 2013, he died without ever finding the ring. Guillermo Gallardo, age 55, found the ring while in a J.C. Penney’s shopping for work pants. He knew whose ring it was because “Deacon Jones” was engraved inside the ring. He turned the ring in to the Orange Police Department, who contacted Deacon Jones’ widow and arranged for Mr. Gallardo to give the ring to her. Ms. Jones told him, “I’m very seldom at a loss for words, but I don’t know what to say to thank you for this.” Mr. Gallardo replied, “There’s nothing to say. Just to see the smile on your face is worth it.” The ring had a ring guard on it — apparently to attempt to keep the ring from slipping off the finger of whoever had been wearing it for the last couple of years. Apparently, the ring guard did not work and the ring slipped off when the wearer was inspecting the same work pants that Mr. Gallardo inspected in the J.C. Penney’s. Ms. Jones said, “Somebody has been wearing it for a couple of years, and God is punishing them — or my husband is.”

For More Information: Joey Ramirez, “Good Samaritan returns NFL Hall of Fame ring to widow.” Orange County Register (California).  17 July 2014

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/jones-629209-ring-gallardo.html

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