Sport and fashion have become ever more intertwined down the years, with there an apparent desire to both look and feel good when it comes to gracing any given stage in the professional arena. There is, however, one accessory that stands out above all others.
We are not dealing in luminous orange boots or Wilt Chamberlain-esque headbands here, we are of course talking about the fabled Super Bowl ring. Only a select few get the chance to adorn their digits with such diamond-encrusted mementos, making them some of the most sought-after pieces of jewelry on the planet.
First look at the Chiefs’ Super Bowl LIV ring 🤩
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— NFL (@NFL) September 1, 2020
Orders for 2023 will soon be placed, with the latest Super Bowl betting odds siding with the market-leading -133 Philadelphia Eagles just ahead of the +110 Kansas City Chiefs heading into the self-proclaimed ‘greatest show on turf’ that is due to be staged at State Farm Stadium on February 12.
The victors in Arizona will get their hands on the famous Vince Lombardi Trophy, but it is individual rewards that will deliver a lasting reminder to those who conquered the world of what they achieved on an occasion that represents the pinnacle of many playing and coaching careers.
How many rings are made, though, and who gets them? Well, Super Bowl winners are restricted to ordering 150 rings, with the NFL contributing $5,000 to the construction and production of each item. Anything beyond that and teams need to start dipping into their own pockets.
All 53 members of a triumphant roster will be awarded a ring, along with the coaching staff, owners and high-ranking employees. It is not unusual for players on the practice squad and injured reserve list to be recognized as well if they are considered to have played a part, however small, in collective success being savored – with decisions there made inside any victorious camp.
Once all of these extras are totted up, with owners often feeling particularly generous and flush on the back of a Super Bowl win, order numbers can stack up quickly. Chris Poitras, the VP of Jostens – who have made 35 sets of rings in the past – has said: “Anywhere from 300 to 900 rings are produced, depending on the size of the organization and how many the owners decide they want to give.”
That is some serious bling, while it must also be noted that each set of rings is made to the specific design of the winning team – making them unique in their own special way.
Tom Brady rockin’ all 7 rings. 💍 😮
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— theScore (@theScore) July 23, 2021
Some players – here’s looking at you Mr Tom Brady – have turned the collection of Super Bowl rings into an art form and boast enough of them to decorate at least one full hand. For many, though, landing the most prestigious prize in American football is a once-in-a-lifetime achievement.
For that reason, and with there few accolades to rival what is now a sporting institution, it is almost impossible to put a value on what championship-winning rings are worth. There may be plenty of them around, several hundred in some cases, but they really are the ultimate accessory and will remain priceless in the eyes of many who are fortunate enough to take ownership of them.