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    Default The Strange Tale of OJ's Two Heisman Trophies

    Happened across this longer form piece on ESPN today. Interesting read.

    https://www.espn.com/college-footbal...isman-trophies

    Today, he is nearly 60 years old and has remained adamant that he was not one of the thieves who burgled Heritage Hall. However, Starks confessed that not long after Heisman No. 2 disappeared from USC, it was in his possession. He says a friend stole it and was keeping it in South Central L.A., only minutes from the USC campus. That friend kept the trophy buried in his backyard so no one could find it, but according to Starks, his pal was much more cavalier with the jersey, routinely wearing it around the house as he took people, including Starks, out back to see the buried treasure.

    Starks says he bought Heisman No. 2 from the friend for $600 and a used car. Then, while the Simpson murder trial was shifting into high gear downtown, he tried to sell the convicted football star's most famous award. There were no buyers. So, he took a different tack, calling USC to see if there was a reward being offered for the trophy's return. The person who answered the phone at Heritage Hall said there wasn't. So, Starks was stuck with it.


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    Turns out one of the Heisman trophies was sold to a Reno, Nevada, gentleman:

    Tom Kriessman, the Philadelphia sheet-metal wholesaler who purchased that trophy at auction for $255,000, reneged his previous account published as part of an ESPN story on the subject and says the trophy is now in the hands of 53-year-old Rick Reviglio, president and general manager of a successful construction wholesale supplier and one of Reno's highest-profile citizens. Reviglio and Kriessman say Simpson's trophy was purchased in secret nearly one year ago and is now on display as the centerpiece of Reviglio's expansive, private, sports memorabilia collection.
    Those who have seen Reviglio's collection describe that "secure environment" as a personal, custom-built sports museum covering several thousand square feet and including artifacts such as the chair thrown by Bobby Knight in 1985, a stick used by a USA Hockey player to score against the USSR in the 1980 "Miracle On Ice" game and a baseball signed by a pope.
    Reviglio is a 1988 graduate of St. Mary's College

    STORY LINK: https://www.espn.com/college-footbal...ector-year-ago

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