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CLEVELAND (AP) - Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown says his 1964 NFL championship ring being auctioned online was stolen from him.

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Brown's ring is up for bidding on www.lelands.com until July 25. As of Monday, the highest bid was for $33,275. Brown tells cleveland.com that a claim by the auction company that he authenticated the ring is ''a lie.'' Brown says he was unaware the ring was being auctioned off.

Brown, who works as a Browns special adviser, says the ring was stolen from him more than 40 years ago.

A phone message from the AP seeking comment from Lelands was not immediately returned.

One of the greatest players in NFL history, Brown rushed for 12,312 yards in nine seasons. In `64, he rushed for 1,446 yards and scored seven touchdowns as the Browns won the title - the last for any major Cleveland sports franchise.

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