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The Super Bowl ring is an award in the National Football League given to the winners of the league's annual World 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.[1]

DetailsEdit

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 70 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, despite not having been on the winning roster.[2][3] Sometimes a team will give rings to fans as part of a charity raffle.[4] Teams can distribute any number of rings, but must pay for any over the 70-ring limit.

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[5] contained more than 100 diamonds

Value and resaleEdit

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.[6] 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.[7] Tight end Shannon Sharpe, meanwhile, gave his first Super Bowl ring to his brother Sterling, who had his career cut short by injury.[8]

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.[citation needed]

Most Super Bowl rings Edit

  • Seven: One individual
    • Neal Dahlen[9][10]: five with San Francisco (Staff and Player Personnel) and two with Denver (General Manager)

Players with Super Bowl & Grey Cup Rings Edit

A select few have competed in both the NFL and Canada’s equivalent CFL winning rings in both leagues.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. [1]
  2. Heard in the press box (in Pittsburgh)
  3. Former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason gets a Super Bowl ring at an emotional party
  4. New Orleans Saints raffle Super Bowl ring for Gulf spill charities
  5. [2]
  6. "Steelers Super Bowl Rings Sold In Online Auction". WTAE-TV. July 21, 2008. http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/sports/16948627/detail.html?rss=pit&psp=sports. Retrieved 2009-02-27.
  7. "Je'Rod Cherry Super Bowl XXXVI Ring Raffle. This ring is currently in the possession of a sports collector in Ottawa,Canada.". Celebrities for Charities. https://www.celebritiesforcharity.org/raffles/RaffleID_SuperBowlRing.cfm. Retrieved 2009-02-27.
  8. "Super Bowl ring 'a symbol of excellence'". ESPN. http://static.espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs01/columns/garber_greg/1319763.html. Retrieved 2010-03-25.
  9. Lord of the rings
  10. "7 Super Bowl rings for a Coloradan". 9NEWS. http://www.9news.com/sports/article.aspx?storyid=179988&catid=295. Retrieved 2011-02-07.
  11. "Long-time scout Bill Nunn is a man who made a difference". Pittsburgh Steelers. February 27, 2007. http://news.steelers.com/article/74104/. Retrieved 2009-02-27.
  12. Bouchette, Ed (February 20, 2010). "Steelers scout Nunn receives honor". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10051/1037345-66.stm. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
  13. http://news.steelers.com/article/103483/
  14. http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?story_id=8672
  15. http://www.packers.com/news-and-events/article_spofford/article-1/One-man-has-all-four-rings/fdeae1be-3d3e-4ffb-87f7-1ec70f4a7c10

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