An auction for Robert Kraft's Super Bowl LI ring is sitting at $1.025 million with the initial deadline coming at 9 p.m. on Thursday.
The Patriots owner is now down to just four championship rings following the auction, as Russian President Vladimir Putin famously stole Kraft's Super Bowl XXXIX ring in 2005. And we came back, and we won.
Bidding for the ring began at $75,000 but crossed the $1 million (£820,000) mark with over nine days remaining in the auction.More news: Palestinians Stop Sharing Intelligence With CIA Over West Bank Land Grab Plans
"I thought about what's going on in this time, and I wanted to give something of extreme value in support of our healthcare workers", Kraft said.
The 78-year-old Kraft - who also came up big for New York City when he donated 300,000 masks to city frontline workers in early April - told ESPN why he chose this particular Super Bowl ring.
The auction was part of the All-In Challenge, an effort to aid multiple charities fighting food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic, including Feeding America, Meals On Wheels, World Central Kitchen, and No Kid Hungry.More news: Netflix Will Now Automatically Cancel Inactive Subscriptions
National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell hands the Lombardi Trophy to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft after defeating the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017, in Houston, Texas. It also has "We Are All Patriots 2-3-02" and "Greatest Comeback Ever" inscribed.
The victor of the auction will receive the ring and will also get to fly out to Gillette Stadium to meet the Patriots owner. A two-yard touchdown run by running back James White later gave the Patriots a 34-28 overtime victory.
As of Thursday night, the All-In Challenge had raised more than $45.5 million for coronavirus relief.More news: Climate Change Is Turning Parts of Antarctica Green, But It's Not Grass