You can certainly bet the Seattle Seahawks are still high off their victory over the Denver Bronchos. And that everyone who helped make Seahawk Super Bowl history is wearing a cluster of shiny jewels on their finger right now. The NFL championship ring is the crowning memento that makes a grueling season well worth it for the team. Because the Vince Lombardi trophy is awarded to the team’s ownership, a Super Bowl ring is a token of recognition that each member gets to keep.
But these tokens are no cheap affair. Costing about $5,000 each, the NFL purchases 150 rings for the winning team. Each ring is usually encrusted with a series of diamonds, all held together along a gold or white gold band. When it comes to doling these out, players (active and injured), coaches and executive staff get priority. Whatever is left gets handed out in order of priority, working down the corporate chain. Lower-level personnel and front-office staff will often receive rings as well, but they will be of lesser-value. These are typically known as “B” and “C” level rings. They will have fewer diamonds or contain cubic zirconias instead.
Although the NFL purchases each ring at about $5,000 apiece, they have been known to sell for much, much more on the auction block. Consider the following examples:
● Two Championship Rings from the Steelers victory in 1970 sold on eBay for more than $32,000 each in 2008.
● In the 1960s, a Super Bowl ring belonging to Green Bay lineman Steve Wright fetches more than $73,000 on the auction block.
● Three Super Bowl rings belonging to Raiders’ legend Ray Guy garners more than $96,000.
● In 2012, Lawrence Taylor’s son sells his father’s 1990 Super Bowl ring for more than $250,000.
The Green Bay Packers victorious in the first two Super Bowls, lording over the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders in 1966 and 1967. And you can bet the game has come a long way since then. But for the Seattle Seahawks, this year’s ring is a special one because it symbolizes the franchise’s first-ever Super Bowl win. You can certainly bet no amount of money will be enough for team members to part with this glittering memento of a victory well-deserved.