Pittsburgh Steelers great Rod Woodson is selling nearly his entire collection of memorabilia, including his rings, trophies and jerseys.
The collection being auctioned by California-based SCP Auctions has more than 70 items from the legendary safety's career, including his Hall of Fame ring, two AFC Championship rings, his Super Bowl XXXVII game-used Raiders jersey, his game-worn Purdue jersey from the 1984 Peach Bowl and four Pro Bowl uniforms.
"I'm not a very vain type of person," Woodson said Monday as he was heading to his new job as assistant defensive backs coach for the Raiders. "I don't need to see what I accomplished. I have a beautiful wife and kids, and they're more important to me than anything I had in the sporting world."
Twelve years ago, Woodson said he moved from Pennsylvania to California into a house about a third of the size. Almost all of his memorabilia has been sitting in boxes since then.
"I'd actually rather have items from my kids' life sitting in my office than anything of mine," said Woodson, a father of three girls and two boys, the youngest a freshman in high school. "When the last of my kids gets out of the house, we're probably going to downsize again."
Woodson was a collector and there are items from other people that he will keep, but he says the only big-ticket items that won't go into the auction will be his Super Bowl XXXV ring and the personal bust of him that mirrors the one that sits in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
SCP, whose auction begins April 8, has estimated that Woodson's Hall of Fame ring could sell for about $40,000, while his 1995 AFC title ring (Steelers) and 2002 AFC title ring (Raiders) are estimated to be worth $35,000 and $30,000, respectively. His 75th Anniversary All-Time NFL Team trophy, which is autographed by Woodson, is expected to go for about $6,000.
Woodson, who spent more than a decade as a broadcaster after his retirement in 2003, said finances played no role in his decision to sell.
He played 17 years in the NFL with the Steelers, 49ers, Raiders and Ravens. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009.