Lost Super Bowl ring to be returned after 40 years

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HONOLULU (AP) -- A Super Bowl ring lost four decades ago off Waikiki will soon be returned to former New York Jets center John Schmitt.

KGMB-TV in Honolulu (http://bit.ly/qJVZih ) reports that a Hawaii family wants to return the ring to Schmitt, who earned the ring when the Jets upset the Baltimore Colts in the 1969 Super Bowl.

Schmitt says it's a miracle that it's been found.

The ring slipped off Schmitt's finger in 1971 while he was taking surf lessons.

A Waikiki lifeguard found the ring decades ago and it was in the family's possession until his estate went to relatives who want to return it to Schmitt.

Schmitt is offering to fly the family to New York so he can thank them in person when his ring is returned.

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Information from: KGMB-TV, http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/