A Super Ring: Trivia You Can Share This Sunday
It is always exciting to see the beautiful and artistic jewelry available at Beards, and as we are closing in on Valentine’s Day, and wedding season is right around the corner, there are some real masterpiece items available. However, we realize that not everyone is focusing on diamond and engagement rings this week – some people are preparing for the BIG GAME! With that in mind, we thought you might enjoy learning a bit about the history of Super Bowl rings.
The first Super Bowl ring was created for the Green Bay Packers who won the first Super Bowl in 1967. Vince Lombardi helped design it.
For the past 46 years, winning teams have worked to make their ring stand out above the others. Most rings are created out of white or yellow gold, with diamonds, but the Packers made theirs out of platinum for Super Bowl XLV.
The Super Bowl winner receives 150 rings, which go to players, coaches, trainers, executives, and staff. Teams select the company that will make their ring, generally receiving bids from Jostens, Balfour, and Tiffany’s.
NFL teams are limited to spending no more than $7,000 per ring. But, the rings bring in far more than that when sold. Some have gone for $50,000 to over $1 million.
The Patriots ring from Super Bowl XXXIX has the most diamonds, 124, and 4.06 ounces – the heaviest ring so far.
The largest sized ring went to Chicago Bear’s William “The Refrigerator” Perry, at a size 25 – about the size of a half dollar.
Neal Dahlen has the most Super Bowl rings – 7. He received five with the 49ers, and two with the Broncos.
The losing team in the Super Bowl also receives jewelry, usually a ring, but it can only cost half as much as the winning team’s ring. For Super Bowl III, Jets 16 v. Colts 7, the Baltimore Colts were given a watch instead of a ring, as were the Steelers for Super Bowl XLV (Packers 31 v. Steelers 25).
A complete display of every winning Super Bowl ring is at the NFL headquarters in New York City, and replicas are on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.