Stolen Hall of Fame ring returned to rightful owner


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 25 at 7:22 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Fern Creek High School teacher got a special delivery from the US Postal Service. A stolen Hall of Fame ring has been found and returned two years after the theft.

It's a delivery Bob Bronger never expected, but on Monday. the U.S. Postal Service hand delivered a special package containing a sentimental ring.

It was a Hall of Fame ring Bob was given in 2009 after more than thirty years of coaching in Louisville. It was stolen from his home in 2011.

Alissa Zanetti with the U.S. Postal Service says she found it in the lost and found box at Gardiner Lane Post Office on Friday. Zanetti says it was in a package that was not packaged properly.

She knew it was special and googled Bob's named inscribed inside and found him.

"I was in my hand and I was like I can't believe this man's ring is in my hand. It was stolen out of his house. How did it get lost in the mail? I don't know," Zanetti said.

Bob was awarded the ring when he retired  after 34 years of coaching  football at Holy Cross, South Oldham, Valley and Fern Creek. It was stolen along with a lot of other jewelry in 2011.

"Getting this ring is amazing cause I never thought I'd see this ring again," Bronger said.

This is not the first time that Bob has had a stolen item returned to him. In 2011, His Marshall Football ring was also stolen. That too found its way back to him.

Bob played football at Marshall after a plane crash claimed the lives of 75 players. That ring was found at  local pawn shop and returned to him last summer.