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July 16, 2015

Donnie Shell selling his Panthers' NFC title ring

Donnie Shell won four Super Bowl rings as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers' legendary "Steel Curtain" defense in the 1970s.

Shell didn't win a Super Bowl ring during his 15 years in the Carolina Panthers' front office, but he received a ring after the Panthers won the NFC in 2003.

And it can be yours for about $4,000 or so.

Shell's NFC championship ring is among the items for sale as part of Lelands.com's vintage sports auction. The 14-karat while gold ring, featuring 18 diamonds in the shape of a football around a blue stone and Panthers logo, had a high bid of $3,993 as of Thursday afternoon.

The auction ends at 9 p.m. Friday.

Josh Evans, founder and chairman of Lelands, said Shell is donating the proceeds to an undisclosed charity.

Evans said Shell, the Panthers' director of player development before retiring in 2009, wasn't willing to part with his Steelers' rings.

"It was the best worst option," Evans said of Shell's Panthers ring. "We went through the list. He's got the rings from the Steelers and those were 'No way.' This was the thing we thought ... he wrestled with it, though. It wasn't an easy process."

Shell, 62, was the Steelers' strong safety and went to five consecutive Pro Bowls from 1978-82. The three-time, All-Pro selection retired in 1987 with 51 career interceptions.

Attempts to reach Shell, who runs a consulting firm in Rock Hill, were unsuccessful. Evans said Shell did not want him to disclose the charity that will benefit from the sale of the ring.

--Joseph Person

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Posted by Observer Sports on July 16, 2015 at 04:32 PM | Permalink

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