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.