Friday, June 7, 2013
Ravens celebrate, reminisce at ring bash
By Jamison Hensley
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Ravens took one of their final off-season salutes Friday night as players received their Super Bowl championship rings during an opulent private ceremony inside the Ravens' field house.
It was a time to reminisce, celebrate and pay tribute to an unforgettable championship run that featured big plays by quarterback Joe Flacco and clutch stops by the defense.
Owner Steve Bisciotti opened the event by toasting late owner Art Modell, saying "without him, we wouldn't be here." Then the players opened packages sitting in front of them on the table that held their rings.
What was their first impression?
The Ravens' Super Bowl ring features 243 diamonds.
“Blood diamonds. All that blood for these diamonds," linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "The journey was long but it was worth it. It was worth it. But I will tell you this, I damn sure want to feel like this again.”
The Super Bowl ring is fashioned in white and yellow gold with 243 round-cut diamonds. The estimated value is between $5,000 and $10,000.
In the center of the ring is the purple logo, the profile of the Ravens head, which is outlined with 40 round-cut diamonds sitting atop a custom-cut amethyst (purple) stone. Behind the log are two Lombardi Trophies (signifying the Ravens' titles in 2000 and 2012).
One side of the ring features the wearer's last name and the Ravens' crest, with the words "Play Like A Raven" around it. On the other side, there is the Lombardi Trophy sitting in front of the Superdome, where the Ravens won the title.
The inside of the ring has the phrase "The Team, The Team, The Team," which was once of coach John Harbaugh's memorable phrases from his introductory press conference. It also has the scores of the four playoff games along with the opponents' logos.
The ring was designed with the help of Flacco and linebacker Ray Lewis.
Asked if he was always going to wear the ring, Flacco said, "It's kind of unwearable. When I go home and when I see people for the first time, I'm sure they're going to have some interest in seeing it. Or at least I'm going to have some interest in showing it off to them. It's pretty special. You don't come across these things too often. So, I'm going to definitely want to show it off a little bit."
Lewis, who announced his retirement before the Ravens' Super Bowl run, wore his 2000 Super Bowl ring on his right hand and his 2012 one on his left hand.
"When you're in our business, to have two of them on my right hand now is the ultimate," Lewis said. "There's no better way to go out. I can hold this the rest of my life and know I went out a champ."
This also a culmination of the Ravens' Super Bowl celebration. After parting ways with seven starters this offseason, the Ravens know the significance of Friday night's party.
"We had our parade, had our opportunity to meet the president and now you get to see your own personal hardware," said wide receiver Torrey Smith, who couldn't stop looking at his ring while talking to reporters. "You had a chance to hold the Lombardi, and now you get the rings and you realize that you've done it. It really symbolizes that this is the last time we're all going to be together as a team. It's definitely a special moment."