CHAMPAIGN - Former Illinois football MVP Bill Tate says memorabilia from his performances in the 1952 and 1964 Rose Bowls have been stolen from his home.
Tate, who now lives in Omaha, Nebraska, says the rings and watches he earned were taken earlier this month while he was walking his dogs. The 83-year-old also says that he was out of his home for about 20 minutes.
Tate earned the items during his MVP performance during the 1952 Rose Bowl, and for his work as an assistant coach in the 1964 Rose Bowl.
According to Tate, the local police department and Omaha residents have been a big help, but he doesn't believe that the jewelry will ever be returned.