Lance Alworth to get stolen ring back

ENCINITAS, Calif. -- Pro Football Hall of Famer Lance Alworth is getting back his Super Bowl ring, 21 years after it was stolen.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday the 1971 ring, which he received as a member of the Super Bowl VI champion Dallas Cowboys, was scheduled to be sold Nov. 20 at an auction house in Laguna Niguel with an opening bid of $44,000. The ring was reported stolen in 1992 from a San Diego bar that displayed sports memorabilia.

Investigators say Alworth received a phone call last month demanding $40,000 for the ring. The former wide receiver for the San Diego Chargers and the Cowboys contacted authorities.

No arrests have been made.

Alworth, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1978, caught two passes for 28 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys' 24-3 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VI.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.