Finding the Light in Dark Times

Regarding the current social climate of our country, I pray that we soon heed the wise words of Dr. Martin Luther King who said, “We must learn to live together as brothers and sisters, or we will perish together as fools.”

As we struggle through the dark clouds of the global pandemic and the current civil unrest, many of us have experienced random rays of sunlight that have brightened our days. I would like to share with you one such experience that happened to me recently. After my 1980 SWC Championship ring was stolen more than 35 years ago, an old friend contacted me with thrilling news that she found the ring buried in some old boxes in her father’s storage. You can imagine the jubilation I felt upon hearing that news. I was so excited about it that I posted the discovery on my Facebook page which included photos of the newly found ring. Several people who read my post wanted to know the backstory and circumstances in which the ring was stolen and then found. I promised to share the story in the next Letterwinners Update, so here it is:

In the summer of 1985, I was in Dallas having dinner with my sports agent when my brand new Chevy Blazer was stolen from the restaurant’s parking lot. I was planning to drive to the Steelers training camp in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, early the next morning, so my truck was loaded with most all of my personal belongings, including the championship ring. Two days later, the police found my truck, but it had been stripped down to the frame, and all of my personal items were gone.

Through the years, the journey of the ring is unknown. I assumed I would never see it again. How it ended up in someone’s storage is a mystery, but I guess that’s not really important. What’s most important is that my ring has been found, it looks great, and it is now in safe hands. 

That is where this ends, except there is a fun little twist to the story. The person who found the ring is my old friend, Tracy Teaff, daughter of legendary former Baylor head football coach, Grant Teaff… and it was in his storage where she found the ring. Unfortunately, it is still unknown how it arrived there. Nonetheless, as fate would have it, all’s well that ends well. Thank you Tracy Teaff for being in the right place at the right time.

Sic ’em!

Walter Abercrombie
Executive Director, Baylor “B” Association


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