11:45 AM PT -- 3/5 This story has a good ending ... the New York Giants tells us they will allow Tiffany & Co. to make a replacement Super Bowl 46 ring for Weatherford.
Remember, the former Giants punter has insurance on the missing ring ... but isn't allowed to get a replacement without the green light from NYG ownership.
According to the team, that ain't a problem ... 'cause the G-Men tell us they're actively working on getting in touch with Steve, and are down to make him a replacement.
4:33 PM PT -- TMZ Sports talked to Weatherford about his stolen Super Bowl 46 ring ... and the way Steve's handling the entire ordeal is shocking!
Still, the SB champ is hopeful Giants co-owner John Mara will give the go-ahead to make a new ring ... but if not, Steve ain't sweatin' it.
SW also has a theory about who stole the bling ... and he lays it all out for us.
Really crappy situation for ex-NFL punter Steve Weatherford ... his 2012 NY Giants Super Bowl ring has been STOLEN ... and now he's asking his fans to hawk eBay for the bling.
"Recently, a string of car break ins happened in my neighborhood; all in one night, 8 cars were broken into," Steve said on IG.
"I gave my ring to my wife the night before after speaking at an event, she put it in her purse, she left her ring her purse (in the car) and...."
But the good part?? Steve has insurance ... so he went to the jewelry store and got a "replacement" ... which was a big-ass diamond for his wife!!
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Obviously, a SB ring has sentimental value, so Weatherford's now asking Giants co-owner John Mara to help him out by giving Tiffany & Co. the green light to make him a new ring to give to his son one day.
The 37-year-old is asking people to hit him up if they see his SB XLVI ring on eBay ... and has a message for the potential culprit.