A Super Bowl ring is a ring designed for the National Football League (NFL) team that wins the Super Bowl. As of 2010, there have been 44 different ring designs awarded to professional football teams. In addition, to date, 28 of the 43 rings were designed by Jostens, a company that makes, "yearbooks, class rings, graduation products and products for athletic champions and their fans," according to the Jostens' website.
Who Receives a Super Bowl Ring
One-hundred fifty Super Bowl rings are paid for by the NFL and awarded to the active members of the winning Super Bowl team, as well as the coaching staff. Injured or retired players, as well as other members of the staff, can receive a ring if the owner so chooses. Technically, anyone who the owner wishes to give a ring to can receive one. The team can make a request for more than 150 rings, but they will have to pay for any additional rings over the first 150.
The first NFL Super Bowl ring was awarded after the first Super Bowl, in which the Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, 35 to 10. After the game, the Packers were rewarded with the very first Super Bowl ring. It was a yellow gold piece, with a round diamond in the center. A black outline around the outer edge of the ring accented the yellow lettering which read, "Green Bay Packers World Champions 1966."
Occasionally, someone on the winning team will sell a Super Bowl ring. Often, this is done in an auction, with the proceeds going to a charity. The rings can go for anywhere between $50,000 to over $1 million. Factors that influence the price of a ring include: who owned the ring, the age of the ring, the popularity of the specific Super Bowl game, and the ring's estimated value. Some companies also offer replicas of Super Bowl rings, which anyone can purchase for a fee.
Super Bowl rings most often include the name of the winning team and the Super Bowl roman numerals. Sometimes the ring will also include the game's score, the winning team's logo and the number of wins the team had during the season. Super Bowl rings are noted for being heavy and large. If the team has won multiple Super Bowls, then the ring will also contain large diamonds denoting the number of Super Bowl wins the team has won.
The heaviest Super Bowl ring as of 2010 was awarded to the New England Patriots in 2005, after they defeated the Philadelphia Eagles. The ring weighed in at 4.06 ounces or 115 grams . The largest Super Bowl ring ever made was for the Chicago Bears' William (Refrigerator) Perry. His ring finger required a size 23. The average male finger is between a 10 and 12.
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