La. Senate sergeant-at-arms' Super Bowl rings stolen

Updated: December 10, 2005, 12:38 AM ET
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Burglars kicked in a former NFL player's door and stole his rings from Super Bowls I and IV.

Frank Pitts, a Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver from 1965-71, is now a sergeant-at-arms for the Louisiana Senate. When he heard about the theft, he said, "I had to stop a minute. I said, `My goodness!"

Pitts, 62, an Atlanta native who was drafted out of Southern University, said he and his wife, Dianne, believe the burglars hit late Thursday morning.

"She told me they literally kicked the hinge off the back door," he said.

He said the rings had been in the second drawer of his bedroom dresser, which was dumped on his bed. Burglars also took a television set from the den, "trashed" another bedroom but passed on other football keepsakes in the living room, Pitts said.

Pitts said he often wore a Super Bowl ring on each pinky, but left them home Thursday because his fingers were slightly swollen.

He said the Super Bowl IV ring, from the Chiefs' 23-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans' Tulane Stadium in 1970, is valued at $15,000 to $20,000. The ring from Super Bowl I, which the Chiefs lost to the Green Bay Packers, is worth $8,000 to $9,000.

Pitts was the Chiefs' fourth-round draft choice in 1965. After six years in Kansas City, he played for the Cleveland Browns, the Oakland Raiders and the Atlanta Falcons.

His later jobs included coaching positions at Southern University and East Ascension High School. Pitts has been a sergeant-at-arms for the Senate for the past two years.

The Super Bowl IV ring includes his name and jersey number 25.

"I still find it strange that someone would want them," Pitts said.

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