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Like most Classic champs, George Cochran is proud of the rings that signify his position in the world of competitive fishing.

Updated: October 21, 2003, 12:00 PM ET
By Tim Tucker | Oct. 14, 2003

Like most CITGO Bassmaster Classic champions, George Cochran is extremely proud of the two distinctive rings that signify his position in the world of competitive fishing. But he wears the ring from his second Classic victory with extra pride.

That is because the 1996 ring holds a doubly special meaning. Inside its beautiful blue original stone, Cochran's Classic ring sports a 4 ½-carat diamond that symbolizes more than a casual observer could ever know.

When Cochran's father, ...

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