The Giants defensive end had vowed to buy LT’s ring and return it to him if he was able to reach 500,000 followers on Twitter. Umenyiora fell far short of his goal. His account, @osiumenyiora, had just over 55,000 followers by the Saturday night deadline.
When Umenyiora saw the final sale price, he tweeted out a good-natured expression of relief. “Yikes! I guess the 450,000 let me off the hook!”
Why didn’t he buy the ring in the first place? Umenyiora said it was because he didn’t know Taylor personally. “If im going to spend that kind of money, it will be because people love him and show it,” he tweeted.
The ring was put up for auction by Taylor’s son, TJ. The Hall of Fame linebacker said he had no prior knowledge of the sale but supported his son’s decision. “He’s fine with whatever TJ decided,” a Taylor rep said in a statement.
SPC auctions didn’t announce the winning name. The high bid was $192,001 and came after a flurry of late-night action. When the buyer’s commission was added, the price rose to $230,401.20. That’s more than triple the price that the online auctioneer had expected.