On Wednesday night May 16, 2012 the New York Giants unveiled their Super Bowl XLVI rings. The ring was created by Tiffany & Co. with the input from the Giants ownership, general manager Jerry Reese, head coach Tom Coughlin, and the team captains Eli Manning, Justin Tuck, and Zak DeOssie.
The rings are made of 14-karat white gold and are covered in diamonds. On the top of the rings there are 4 Lombardi Trophies to represent all 4 of the Giants Super Bowl wins from 1986, 1990, 2007, and 2011. On the top of each trophy is a marquis diamond to represent the football part of the Lombardi Trophies. These trophies are also placed around the New York Giants logo that is filled with diamonds on top of some blue coloring. The players felt it was important to include their color in the ring to make it unique. Eli Manning said, “The blue makes it a little different. We wanted some blue–the Giants are Big Blue. We definitely wanted to get a little blue to spark it up a little bit.” There is also more blue, 37 blue sapphires, that circle around the top part of the rings, and just below the sapphires are the words “New York Giants 2011 World Champions.”
On one side of the ring is the player’s last name and the words “New York Football Giants” around the player’s number. Then below the number is the year the Giants were established, 1925, and the year of the Giants first two super bowl wins, 1986 and 1990. On the other side is the team’s name above the score of the super bowl game against the New England Patriots 21-17, and the Lombardi Trophy in the middle. Below the score is “Super Bowl XLVI” and the NFL logo with the other two years of the Giants super bowl wins, 2007 and 2011.
On the inside of the ring the words “Finished” and “All In” are engraved. These are the two inspirational phrases the team refered to during the 2011 season. “Finish” was a word that Coach Coughlin first used in training camp just before the season started and it stuck with the team. Coach Coughlin said, “The word ‘finish’ in there really captures a lot of emotion for me and a lot of focus that we took from Day One in camp after what was obviously not a very pleasant offseason. But the fact that our players can quote to you what this means to them and how they were reinforced by this over and over, I think that says a lot. I’ll always look upon that.” The phrase “All In” came to the team later in the season from a Union City Teacher’s speech that was heard by a few of the player.
The whole New York Giants organization are very happy with the way the ring turned out. This team worked hard to create a ring that is inspirational, unique, and …well amazing. Tuck said, “We wanted it to represent the four trophies and have that feeling that you made the best ring that you could have made. I think we captured that.”
The ceremony took place at Tiffany & Co. for the second time in 4 years. During the ceremony the team reunited and reminisced about the year, including Dave Tollefson, Devin Thomas, Jonathan Goff, and Kareem McKenzie who joined other teams in the offseason or are current free agents. All the players see their ring as a reminder of all they accomplished in the 2011 season and look forward to it motivating them to do it again. Talking about his team, the Giants, player Justin Tuck said, “Our thing now is we want to be a dynasty. We want to make it a dynasty.”
During the ceremony many of the players mentioned the word “dynasty”. But Manning knows that if a player is going to say that word they need to also accept the work that goes with it and be dedicated to accomplish such a goal. The team believes they are and see the ring as motivation and a reminder of what it took to get to where they are now. During the ceremony Antrel Rolle said, “With us, and personally myself, having this feeling right now, it can definitely make me push the edge and the envelope a little bit and try to get everyone on the same page at an earlier point in time and not have such a roller-coaster season.”
Rolle also added, “This is a great piece of hardware on our hand right now, but we can always have more rings. Just ask Michael Jordan.”
Tuck said, “I think the second ring makes you that much more hungrier. Because you get there the first time, you are in awe. You are like, ‘Oh God, this might not ever happen again.’ And then you win a second one and you are like, ‘Hey, maybe we can do something here.'”
The Giants are talking about a big commitment and a lot of hard work, but that is an amazing ring and I am sure the feeling they felt during the ceremony was indescribable. I look forward to seeing how many of them really back up their words and walk the walk.