Paysinger says he left a window open to air out his home on March 17 -- when two guys broke into the house and started rummaging through his stuff.
The 31-year-old -- who retired in 2017 -- says the crooks took all sorts of valuables including purses, computers and one REALLY important piece of jewelry ... the Super Bowl ring.
"I took it out recently for an elementary school Career Day and was lazy on returning to its secure location," Paysinger says.
The good news ... Paysinger had a Nest security camera in the home that captured the alleged thieves. You can see them going through the home with a flashlight while wearing gloves to hide fingerprints.
The bad news ... Paysinger says he had accidentally stopped paying to insure the ring just one month before the burglary because he changed credit cards and didn't update his autopay.
Now, Paysinger says he's desperate to get back his ring -- and promises if anyone comes forward with the item, he won't go to police.
"My Super Bowl ring should serve as a cherished family heirloom not an unfortunate event."
"If you’re reading this or if anyone knows the two young men in the video, please be assured there are no consequences tied to this post. This isn’t bait, there are no cops involved and nothing will happen to you by giving back my ring; keep the other s**t."
"All I want is peace of mind and to understand your circumstance in hopes that it will spell the next family from our experience."