Rings Fit for Kings of the NFL
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Before it was rebranded, the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia was world famous for being the home of the wrestling ring for Paul Heyman's Extreme Championship Wrestling.
On Thursday night, there were a number of different rings handed out as the Philadelphia Eagles received their Super Bowl LII championship rings, commemorating the organization’s first Lombardi Trophy.
The ring itself is made of 10-karat white gold and features 219 diamonds and 17 genuine green sapphires with a total weight of 9.15 carats.
The rare rough green sapphires were secured to match the official team colors and the ring top features the Eagle head logo, set atop the Vince Lombardi Trophy and custom-cut, genuine green baguette sapphires surrounded by intricate, pavé-set diamonds.
Fifty-two pavé-set diamonds are set within the Eagle head, signifying Super Bowl LII. The bottom portion of the base of the trophy features 13 pavé-set diamonds representing the 13 regular season victories in 2017 that tied the franchise record. The top of the trophy is adorned with three diamonds, representing not only the number of times the Eagles were deemed underdogs, but also the number of post-season victories it took to be crowned NFL champions.
A large marquise-cut diamond is featured at the top of the Lombardi Trophy to represent the first Super Bowl Championship in franchise history. To round out the ring top, the words “WORLD CHAMPIONS” adorn the top and bottom edges.
The bezel of the ring features a waterfall of 127 diamonds, paying tribute to one of the most memorable moments in franchise history – “The Philly Special” – the trick play that resulted in a touchdown on 4th-and-goal from the 1-yard line in Super Bowl LII. The 127 diamonds represent the combined jersey numbers of three key players involved in the play – Corey Clement (30), Trey Burton (88) and Nick Foles (9).
Four round, genuine green sapphires adorn the corners of the base of the ring and symbolize the team’s four NFL Championships – three World Championships (1948, 1949, 1960) and one Super Bowl Championship (2017).
The left side of the ring features the player’s name set above an end zone view silhouette of Lincoln Financial Field and the player’s number is studded with pavé-set diamonds and set in the middle of the football field.
The right side of the ring features the score from Super Bowl LII (PHI 41 – NE 33) and one of the team’s “WE ALL WE GOT, WE ALL WE NEED” narrative is set above the Super Bowl LII logo. The word “FAMILY” sits below the logo and serves as a reminder of the team’s commitment and dedication to each other.
In honor of Eagles fans the words from the team’s fight song, “FLY EAGLES FLY” are written on the bottom of the outer band. The top of the inside arbor of the ring is inscribed with the scores from the team’s three postseason victories and an image of an underdog mask.
The bottom of the inside arbor is inscribed with each player’s signature – the first-time championship rings have ever featured engraved signatures.