All You Needed to Know About Super Bowl Rings…and Maybe a Little More

Since I walked away with two championship rings in college, I have a soft spot in my heart for big, gaudy, diamond-encrusted, knuckle behemoths that no person in their right mind would wear in public.

Sports athletes deservedly don’t have the best reputation in our culture right now. There’s no way I could write that an oversize ring has significant meaning to a bunch of multimillionaires who just happened to beat some other multimillionaires at a game that can be played by children across the globe and retain any kind of credibility.

However, the players aren’t the only ones who get cool rings. On professional and amateur teams, there’s a support staff that gets rewarded for doing laundry, tending to injuries real and imagined, producing practice and game film, dealing with the media—even making peanut and butter and jelly sandwiches. (I defy anyone to make one faster or tastier than me.)

So in the spirit of praising those who wash hundreds of jockstraps a year—as well as the companies that design and manufacture the jewelry that ends up on the well-worn finger of a crotchety equipment manager or the eBay page of a broke player—here are some fun facts about Super Bowl rings from the last 46 years. I decided to let editorial assistant Stephanie Schaefer join in the fun despite the fact that she’s a New England Patriots fan.

6 Super Facts About Super Bowl Rings

  • A Super Bowl ring that was lost for 40 years was returned to New York Jets center John Schmitt in 2011. 

Dan & Steph’s Favorite Super Bowl Rings

The legacy of Bill Belichick & Co. is as lasting and timeless as a diamond. Actually, 124 diamonds. This ring from 2005 has the most diamonds out of all 46 rings, which is only fitting for a sparkling team like the Pats. —Stephanie Schaefer

18–1! 18–1! Sorry, Steph, I know it’s a sore subject that the New York Giants ruined the New England Patriots’ perfect season in 2007. But even you can appreciate Tiffany & Co. making a Super Bowl ring for its hometown team. One great blue to another. —Daniel Ford

For more fun facts on Super Bowl rings, check out: sports.espn.go.com/nfl/rings.

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