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Hall of Famer Jim Brown Says ’64 Title Ring Stolen

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AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 9: Jim Brown speaks during a press conference after speaking on a panel with Bill Russell and Dr. Harry Edwards on the second day of the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library April 9, 2014 in Austin, Texas. The summit is marking the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act legislation, with U.S. President Barack Obama making the keynote speech on April 10. (Photo by Ricardo B. Brazziell-Pool/Getty Images)

AUSTIN, TX – APRIL 9: Jim Brown speaks during a press conference after speaking on a panel with Bill Russell and Dr. Harry Edwards on the second day of the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library April 9, 2014 in Austin, Texas. The summit is marking the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act legislation, with U.S. President Barack Obama making the keynote speech on April 10. (Photo by Ricardo B. Brazziell-Pool/Getty Images)

TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer

CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown says his 1964 NFL championship ring being auctioned online was stolen from him.

Brown’s ring is up for bidding on http://www.lelands.com until July 25. As of Monday, the highest bid was for $33,275. Brown tells cleveland.com that a claim by the auction company that he authenticated the ring is “a lie.” Brown says he was unaware the ring was being auctioned off.

Brown, who works as a Browns special adviser, says the ring was stolen from him more than 40 years ago.

A phone message from the AP seeking comment from Lelands was not immediately returned.

One of the greatest players in NFL history, Brown rushed for 12,312 yards in nine seasons. In ’64, he rushed for 1,446 yards and scored seven touchdowns as the Browns won the title — the last for any major Cleveland sports franchise.

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