Championship Patriots Receive Rings at Ceremony
FOXBOROUGH - After winning championships, many teams opt to receive their commemorative rings during on-field ceremonies before games in the following season. And while that tends to be the tradition, it's not the case for the New England Patriots, who have opted for years to receive their Super Bowl championship rings at a private ceremony. Now that the Patriots winning the Super Bowl has become something of an annual tradition, it is always fun to see the team gather together to show off their new jewelry during the off-season. The official Patriots Instagram shared images of the ceremony last night.
To see Bill Belichick with eight rings, Tom Brady with six, and the recently retired Rob Gronkowski with three is such a fantastic sight and it is one of the best ways of illustrating how utterly dominant the Patriots have been over the course of two decades.
The ceremony definitely seemed like a pleasant one as the Patriots congregated after a practice to remember the season that was. Current Patriots and those who have left for other teams joined up to celebrate the 2018 season. They'll have another chance to do that when the banner is unfurled at Gillette Stadium when the new season rolls around.
As for the rings themselves, they are the biggest ones the team has had yet, but when a franchise is defined by an embarrassment of riches, making the rings equally rich seems only appropriate. These championship rings feature include 422 diamonds that total 9.85 carats, including some in the shape of the six Lombardi trophies and words written in white gold. Each ring features the 13-3 Super Bowl LIII score, as well as the team's motto during the 2018 playoffs, "Still Here." The ring also has twenty sapphires to symbolize the twenty AFC East titles and each player has his name and number encrusted in diamonds.
The rings are gaudy and glorious, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks that they'd look even better with a seventh ring from this upcoming season!