John Schmitt's Super Bowl ring, lost four decades ago off Waikiki Beach, will soon be returned to the former New York Jets center.

KGMB-TV in Honolulu reports that a Hawaii family wants to return the ring to Schmitt, who earned it when the Jets upset the Baltimore Colts in the 1969 Super Bowl.

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Schmitt says it's a miracle that it's been found. The ring slipped off his finger in 1971 while he was taking surf lessons. A Waikiki lifeguard found the ring decades ago and it was in the family's possession until his estate went to relatives who want to return it to Schmitt.

Schmitt is offering to fly the family to New York so he can thank them personally for returning the ring. -- AP