Former Tide football player reunited with prized possessions

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A member of the Tide's 1979 championship team is celebrating another victory tonight after two of his prized commemorative rings are back on his fingers.

Steve Mott's championship ring and his "315 ring" are two of his most prized possessions. The "315 ring" marks Coach Bear Bryant's 315th win. Mott says he is relieved to have them back, and he thanks police for their hard work.

After Pelham Police Department arrested some burglary suspects, the investigation led them to Coin Castle West Pawn Shop in Bessemer. There, they found Mott's rings. Lieutenant Scott Tucker adds he's happy officers were able to help.

"It's wonderful to be able to return stuff to folks, especially items like this that have memories behind them," said Lt. Tucker, "It is special all the way around."

While Mott went on to play professional football for the Detroit Lions, he says he will always cherish his days at Alabama, and the rings are important reminders of that time in his life.

"Just to be apart of it was real special. you can't describe it," said Mott, "It is always fun to be a part of a great team."

Mott and other members of the 1979 championship team will be celebrating their 30th reunion this weekend. They will be honored during halftime of the Alabama game on Saturday.