Super Bowl ring

Super Bowl ring

The Steelers Super Bowl XL ring
Joe Theismann's Super Bowl Ring (right)

The Super Bowl ring is an award in the National Football League given to the winners of the league's annual championship game, the Super Bowl. Since only one Vince Lombardi Trophy is awarded to the team (ownership) itself, the Super Bowl ring offers a collectible memento for the actual players and team members to keep for themselves to symbolize the victory.

Contents

  • Details 1
  • Value and resale 2
  • Most Super Bowl rings 3
  • Players with Super Bowl and Grey Cup Rings 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Details

These rings are typically made of yellow or white gold with diamonds. They usually include the team name, team logo, and Super Bowl number (usually indicated in Roman numerals). The NFL pays for the cost of 150 rings to the winning team, at roughly $5,000 apiece, depending upon the fluctuating cost of gold and diamonds. The winning team can typically present rings to whomever they choose, including usually, but not limited to: players (active roster or injured), coaches, trainers, executives, personnel, and general staff. Some teams have also been known to give rings to former players and coaches that were on the team at some point during the season, despite not having been on the winning roster for the Super Bowl itself.[1][2] Sometimes a team will give rings to fans as part of a charity raffle.[3] Teams can distribute any number of rings, but must pay for any over the 150-ring limit. A recent trend over the last 15–20 years has been lesser rings awarded to front office staff. These are commonly called "B" and "C" level rings and are smaller and contain fewer diamonds or contain faux diamonds. The first instance of this was the Redskins Super Bowl XVII ring when many in the front office received rings that were not solid gold and contained cubic zirconia stones (which resemble diamonds). When Tampa Bay won Super Bowl XXXVII, the players and coaches received rings with a diamond-centered Lombardi trophy. Some staff received rings with a metal Lombardi trophy and real diamonds surrounding the trophy and the "C" level ring did not contain any diamonds.

Many rings feature diamonds in the shape of the Vince Lombardi Trophy or a football. Some feature diamonds or gold in the shape of a team logo. Others illustrate the number of Super Bowls that franchise has won. Also, the rings are customized with the player's name and uniform number.

The Green Bay Packers Super Bowl XLV ring[4] contained more than 100 diamonds. The Packer logo, in the center of the ring, made up 13 diamonds, one for each title the team has won, dating back to 1929. In a break from tradition, this is the first super bowl ring to be made of platinum, not gold.

Value and resale

Replicas of the rings for various years are popular collectibles, along with genuine rings. Dave Meggett is known to have placed his ring for sale on eBay. Two Super Bowl rings from the 1970 Steelers sold on eBay for over $32,000 apiece in mid-2008.[5] Patriots safety Je'Rod Cherry raffled his ring from Super Bowl XXXVI in November 2008 to benefit several charities working to help children in Africa and Asia.[6] Tight end Shannon Sharpe, meanwhile, gave his first Super Bowl ring to his brother Sterling, who had his career cut short by injury.[7]

In 2011, a Super Bowl ring belonging to Steve Wright, a lineman for the Green Bay Packers in the 1960s, sold for over $73,000 at auction. Three Super Bowl rings belonging to former Raiders' great Ray Guy brought over $96,000 at auction. In 2012, Lawrence Taylor's son sold his father's Super Bowl ring from 1990 for more than $250,000.

Most Super Bowl rings

  • Seven: One person
    • Neal Dahlen:[8][9] five with San Francisco (Staff and Player Personnel) and two with Denver (General Manager)
  • Four: at least 38 players, many coaches and staff
    • The first player to win four Super Bowl rings was tight-end Marv Fleming, who got a pair with the Green Bay Packers in 1966 and 1967, and another pair with the Miami Dolphins in 1972 and 1973.
    • Twenty-two players earned four rings with the Steelers in the 1970s: Louis Riecke, Woody Widenhofer and (as noted above) Chuck Noll and Dick Hoak. The list of Steelers front office staff receiving four rings during that era includes Director of Player Personnel Dick Haley.
    • Tom Flores: First person to have rings as a player (Kansas City Chiefs), assistant coach and head coach (Oakland Raiders)
    • Joe Montana, Keena Turner, Jesse Sapolu, Eric Wright, Mike Wilson, and Ronnie Lott each won four Super Bowl rings with the 49ers.
    • Kicker Adam Vinatieri won three with the Patriots and one with the Colts. Along with Tom Brady (below), he has the most rings of any active player (as of the end of the 2014-15 season).
    • Ted Hendricks won one with the Baltimore Colts and three with the Raiders
    • Bill Romanowski won two with the 49ers and two with the Denver Broncos
    • Coach Charlie Weis won one with the Giants and three with the Patriots
    • Matt Millen has four rings while playing for four different cities and three different teams, one with Oakland, one with Los Angeles, one with San Francisco, and one with Washington (only player to earn a ring with four different teams)
    • Sherman Lewis won three as running backs coach with San Francisco and one as offensive coordinator with Green Bay.
    • Willie Davis[14] Won all four rings with the Green Bay Packers. Two as a player, one as a member of the team's board of directors, and one as an emeritus director. He is the only person to possess all four of Green Bay's Super Bowl rings. It should be noted that Davis also won rings as a member of the 1961, 1962 and 1965 NFL Championship Green Bay Packer teams, bringing his unofficial championship ring count to seven, as the first three were awarded prior to the creation of the Super Bowl.
    • Mike Pope won all four of his Super Bowl rings as the long time Tight End coach for the New York Giants
    • Ken Norton, Jr. was the first member of 3 Super Bowl-winning teams in a row as a player, and gained a 4th ring as the Linebacker coach for the 2013 Seattle Seahawks.
    • Tom Brady has won four Super Bowl rings as the starting quarterback of the New England Patriots. Along with the above-mentioned Vinatieri, he has the most rings of any active player (as of the end of the 2014-15 season).
    • Ivan Fears has won four with the New England Patriots his first as wide receivers coach and the remaining as running backs coach.
    • Josh McDaniels has won four with the New England Patriots his first as personnel assistant, second as defensive coaching assistant, third as quarterbacks coach and forth as offensive coordinator.

Players with Super Bowl and Grey Cup Rings

A select few have won championships in both the NFL and Canada’s equivalent Canadian Football League (CFL).

See also

References

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External links

  • Images of the first 45 Super Bowl Rings at ESPN.com
  • Images of all of the Super Bowl Rings, photos of presentation boxes & conference rings at sports-rings.com