Theft Steals Rose Bowl Memories from Illinois Football Hero

illiniCHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The rings and watches former Illinois football player Bill Tate received after the 1952 and ’64 Rose Bowls mean a lot to him.

They’re reminders of his MVP performance for Illinois in a 40-7 win over Stanford in the first game and work as an assistant coach in the second.

But Tate tells The News-Gazette in Champaign the memorabilia was stolen earlier this month from his home in Omaha, Nebraska, while he took his dogs for a walk.

The 83-year-old Tate says he was gone for about 20 minutes. He suspects whoever took the jewelry was watching his house.

Tate says police and others in Omaha have been a big help. But he suspects he’ll never get the jewelry back.

Given the chance he says he’d go after whoever took it.

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