Former Michigan State coach George Perles and his wife were recently victims of a terrible burglary, as someone broke into their home and stole Perles’ 14 bowl rings along with a bracelet of Mrs. Perles that commemorated all 14 bowls. RJ Wolcott of the Detroit Free Press reported the theft.
The burglary occurred when Perles and his wife were attending Michigan State’s game against Oregon a couple of weeks ago. The thieves also made off with some other jewelry, including some Rolex watches. Perles’ four Super Bowl rings, which he earned as an assistant for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970s, were fortunately safe as they are all in a safe deposit box.
Perles, now an MSU trustee, offered more details to Wolcott.
They took out all the closet drawers and dumped them out,” he said. “Nothing else was touched.”
“It’s the sentimental reason why I’m so interested in getting them back,” Perles said. “There’s a lot of good times, lots of big games in those 14 different rings.”
Perles coached at Michigan State from 1983-1994 and went 68-67-4 (53-42-2 Big Ten) over that stretch, winning two conference titles. In 1987, he led the Spartans to a Rose Bowl victory over USC.
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