Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Giants unveil the ring
By Ohm Youngmisuk
New York Giants
The New York Giants receive their rings tonight at Tiffany & Co. and here's the official look at what the front of the ring will look like.
It appears that the design Steve Weatherford tweeted yesterday is indeed the ring designed with input from team ownership, general manager Jerry Reese, head coach Tom Coughlin and captains Eli Manning, Justin Tuck and Zak DeOssie.
"After a few meetings, Tiffany came up with several different options that they showed us and you kind of picked from there," Manning said in a news release by the team. "We wanted it to be little different than the last ring."
The captains also gathered input from teammates to come up with the white gold ring which has blue in it. The top is covered in round diamonds that are pave set and there are four Vince Lombardi trophies for the Giants' four Super Bowl victories. Each is set with a marquis diamond representing the football.
The four trophies surround a Giants NY logo set with round diamonds that includes an outline of blue enamel. There are also 37 blue sapphires channel set on the outer bezel of the top of the ring. It says "2011 WORLD CHAMPIONS NEW YORK GIANTS" around the bezel.
"I think all of us wanted to have some blue in the ring, from the ownership down," Tuck said. "We wanted to make the ring different from the ring we had earlier. The '08 ring had no color in it -- it was just white diamonds. We wanted those to sparkle a little bit more and stand out a little bit more. We talked to guys on the team and the consensus was a lot of guys wanted to see more color in the ring."
On one side of the ring, there's the Giants logo, the Lombardi Trophy, the NFL shield and "Super Bowl XLVI" with the final score "NYG 21 NE 17." The opposite side has the player's name, the Giants' circular logo with the player's number in the center and the year 1925 (when the franchise was founded). The lower palm side of the ring lists the four seasons the Giants won the Super Bowl in 1986, 1990, 2007 and 2011.
And engraved on the inside of the ring are the words "Finish" and "All In" which were the team's inspirational mottos this past season.
"We kept our teammates' best interests in mind, so we wanted something that would appeal to everybody in the locker room," DeOssie said. "We gave some thoughts on the design and then Tiffany came in with five or six models. They were beautiful."
"We wanted something a little more modest, but at the same time you can't help but notice it is a championship ring," DeOssie added. "The owners deferred to us as the players and we got everything we wanted. We went back and forth three or four times in an email chain. I think everyone was on board with the one we picked and couldn't be happier about it."
Manning likes the blue in the ring.
"The blue makes it a little different," Manning said. “We wanted some blue -- the Giants are Big Blue. We definitely wanted to get a little blue to spark it up a little bit."
"We wanted to get a few things that were significant to this season –- 'Finish' on the inside," Manning added. "Things like that make the ring special."
The Giants will receive their rings tonight at Tiffany & Co. as they walk on a blue carpet as they did in 2008.
"[Michael Strahan] talked about the 10-table ring," Tuck said of the ring from Super Bowl XLII. "He wanted a ring you could see from 10 tables away. I talked about the restaurant ring. I wanted one that was big enough to see throughout whatever restaurant you go in and see it from each corner."