Lost football title ring returned after 23 years

December 27, 2011 7:58:04 AM PST
An Arlington teacher has been reunited with a ring marking his football championship at Abilene's McMurry University more than two decades after he lost it.

A Fort Worth man bought a desk at a thrift store and found the ring in a drawer. David Garcia contacted the university, which tracked down alumnus Kelly Bonner, a defensive end on the team that won the 1983 Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association title. Bonner forgot the ring was in the ashtray of his truck when in 1988 he traded it in. Garcia told the Abilene Reporter-News he was motivated to find the owner because his son was on a championship high school football team. Bonner says he got teary-eyed and he didn't realize how much it meant to him until it was returned.

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