The New England Patriots received their Super Bowl XLIX championship rings during a ceremony at the residence of team owner Robert Kraft on June 14.
The New England Patriots have received their Super Bowl XLIX championship rings.
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According to a press release issued on the Patriots' official website on June 14, the Patriots received their Super Bowl rings during a ceremony at owner Robert Kraft's residence. This is the Patriots' fourth Super Bowl title under Kraft's leadership.
This also marked the third time the Krafts hosted a Super Bowl ring ceremony at their house. For most of the 2014 Patriots, it was their first time to win a Vince Lombardi Trophy. They beat the Seattle Seahawks, 28-24, in Super Bowl XLIX, per Patriots.com.
When Kraft addressed the team, he said the Super Bowl rings represent everything the the Patriots went through to win their fourth title:
"I have been blessed to host four Super Bowl ring ceremonies, and just like the rings we present, we have tried to make each ceremony a little bigger and a little better than the one before.
"Football is the consummate team sport. These championship rings represent all that the team endured and overcame together. The players on this team will forever be bound by the memories this ring represents.
"The presentation of the rings is one of my favorite moments. I love watching the expressions on the faces of each of our players and the range of emotions they experience when they see the ring for the first time and the pride they all have when they put it on. Tonight's celebration is really a culmination of a job well done."
The ceremony featured a cocktail reception and dinner. The rings were given to each Patriots player and staff member as a dessert following their entree. Kraft promised them a "rich" and "sweet" treat which was delivered to them by members of the military, per Patriots.com.
The rings, which are made of white gold, were made by Jostens. The bearer's name is engraved on one side together with the years the Patriots won the Super Bowl (2001, 2003, 2004 and 2014). The player's number is encrusted in diamonds is situated above the Gillette Stadium logo, per the Patriots' official website.
The other side of the ring has the Super Bowl XLIX logo is flanked by the game's score (28-24) and the Patriots' final record (15-4). The score and final record are reminders of what can be achieved if the team sticks to its "Do Your Job" mentality, which is engraved on the top on that side of the ring, per Patriots.com.
While the inside of the ring features a quote from Kraft ("We are all Patriots"), the top of the Super Bowl XLIX ring features the team's logo outlined by 44 diamonds. On one side of the ring is the world "World" while "Champions" adorns the other side. A total of 143 diamonds on the top side makes the ring sparkle like no other, per the team's official website.
The Patriots' Super Bowl rings from 2003 and 2004 featured 104 and 124 diamonds, respectively. The 2014 edition features 205 diamonds, making it the largest Super Bowl ring ever.
Patriots safety Devin McCourty praised Kraft for going out of his way to get rings as invaluable as the Patriots' Super Bowl XLIX version. He also told SiriusXM NFL Radio's Bruce Murray and Rich Gannon on Monday (via ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss) about the atmosphere during the ceremony at Kraft's residence last weekend:
"Mr. Kraft definitely went beyond all measures for this ring. It was just crazy seeing Tom (Brady) having all four of his on and looking at the ring compared to his other three.
"Great atmosphere leading up to getting the ring and everyone not knowing what it looked like; and finally opening it. Right after that moment a huge party broke out and everyone just had fun together one last time before moving on."
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady attended the ceremony with all four Super Bowl championship rings. Some former players who signed with other teams were also on hand, particularly Houston Texans nose tackle Vince Wilfork, per Reiss.
New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, who suited up for the Patriots' Super Bowl XLIX championship team, couldn't make it because of a previous commitment. He asked his mother, Diana Askew, to receive his ring on his behalf, per ESPN's Rich Cimini.
However, Askew never made it to Kraft's house after the Patriots informed her on June 13 the invitation was non-transferable. The team wanted to make the event a players-only one, and Cimini stresses it remains unclear if Askew knew about this beforehand and if she was offended.
Askew eventually received her son's Super Bowl XLIX ring at the team's office on June 15, per ESPN.
Revis suited up for New England for just one season. He returned to the Jets -- a team the Patriots have had some conflicts with -- during the offseason. After he did so, New England filed a tampering charge against the Jets, forcing the latter's owner, Woody Johnson, to pay a $100,000 fine, per Cimini.
Several weeks ago, Revis got in on the act. When asked about the "DeflateGate" issue, he told ESPN the Patriots "have a history of doing stuff."
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