INDIANAPOLIS — Mike Jansen walked into Ripley’s Auctions Wednesday morning and left behind the rings he wore with pride, Indianapolis colts A Super Bowl ring and an AFC championship ring from the Peyton Manning era. Those shiny, diamond-encrusted little relics of an incredible period in his life. time that worsened.
There were no tears shed at 2764 E. 55th Place, where Ripley Auctions does its business, taking items customers drop by, putting them up for bid and turning them into cold hard cash. There were definitely memories, and a split second of indecision, Jansen said. But that quickly dissipated because, in Jansen’s heart, those rings were now forever dulled.
Jansen was launched by the colts In September as the pre-season kicked off, after 24 seasons as a ballpark announcer, the gig he won in 1998 during the open call audition against more than 300 contenders. It was an amazing trip that took him from the RCA Dome to Lucas Oil Stadium, one that took him through the Manning and Andrew Luck eras, two appearances in the Colts Super Bowl and one ring.
There was no explanation from the team as to why Jansen did not work. Just that the Colts were “moving on.” They named the Colts.com writer JJ Stankevitz replaces Jansen for the remainder of the 2022-23 season.
“As company policy, we do not publicly discuss the reasons for termination,” Colts Chief Operating Officer Pete Ward said He told IndyStar last month. “We have the utmost respect for Mike and really appreciate his contributions over the years. But this is the business of entertainment and tough decisions have to be made sometimes.”
Tough decisions, Jansen had his own decisions about those episodes. Having them around didn’t sit well as the days and weeks went by after his sacking. Jansen began to think of all he had brought to the team and those rings seemed to do nothing but remind him of those times, the days when he wore them with pride.
There were nights when Jansen and his wife, Beth, went out. “Put the ring on,” she would tell him with a smile. It’s always been a great conversation starter, and a big heavy symbol on his finger for what it stands for — the Colts nation,” Jansen said.
In the early years, people would see the rink and ask Jansen if he was a player. Then, over time, they will ask if it is used To become a player and then, as the years go by, they’ll ask if he’s a coach. No, Jansen didn’t tell them any of those. But he was the guy fans heard on the field with his deep, shrill voice and his signature call, “Colts fans, he’s third ddddddd down.”
“Often, I felt like an ambassador for the Colts,” Jansen said. “It was awesome.”
In September, however, the Colts decided to part ways with Jansen. Those rings, he said, no longer seemed to be symbols of victory, but symbols of loss.
“I no longer have these feelings of pride with my rings”
The The end of Jansen’s brilliant careerHe never missed a minute, an hour, a quarter, a half, a single game for more than 200 contests in 24 seasons, starting the week of August 15th.
Jansen always made sure he was on the field three hours before kick-off. He made sure he did his “liquid administration” so he didn’t need a restroom break. He made sure, he thought, that he was the irreplaceable Colts announcer.
Jansen was embarking on his 25th season as the Colts’ public address announcer in August, but he was on a sinusitis tail and had a long rattle. When Jansen arrived at the Lucas Oil for the Lions preseason game on August 20, the rough trill was still there. Jansen said he wasn’t too concerned.
“I’ve had a similar defeat at one time or another in my 24 seasons and I got through a good game,” Jansen said. “I had no idea my voice would come out in the second quarter.”
But his voice was already lost, and Stankowitz was brought in as a substitute in the second half. Jansen stayed with Stankevitz, coaching him on proper calls and drafting for the final two quarters.
This would be the last time Jansen was in the booth at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Jansen said his dismissal on September 6 was brief. “Pete (Ward) said they want to make a change and that’s what they want and he has to go with it,” Jansen said. “He thanked me for my time with the Colts and the phone call ended.”
Thus ended Jansen’s love of ponies.
“Since leaving with the Colts was so abrupt and not for a really good reason, I no longer have those feelings of pride with my rings,” Jansen said.
But Jansen asked himself what to do with them. Then remember that former Colts player Gary Brackett has his own Super Bowl ring, AFC Championship ring, and other memorabilia. For sale by auction Earlier this year with Ripley.
Jansen, after peeling the Colts decal off the back of his SUV, decided to rid himself of other, more valuable Colts memorabilia.
“A lot of people have tried to talk me out of it, saying, ‘No, don’t do it,’ or ‘Wait a year,’” Jansen said. “I appreciate their ideas but my mind has made the decision.”
Jansen’s rings will be auctioned on February 4, the week before the Super Bowl. Jansen will give a portion of the proceeds from the sale to Bishop Chatard’s football program.
“I hope it’s a die-hard Colts fan who finds value in the rings I’ve been missing,” Jansen said.
This article originally appeared on the Indianapolis Star: Super Bowl ring: Fired Colts stadium announcer Mike Jansen ring auction