GRIDIRON AUDIBLES by Christian A. Guarino

Ten years removed from his last opportunity to honor his players following a world championship, Patriots owner Robert Kraft seemed to pick up right where he left off. Last week, in a private ceremony at his Chestnut Hill home, Kraft hosted perhaps the hottest party in greater Boston, if not the country as the Super Bowl XLIX Champion New England Patriots received their championship rings. The white gold rings each hold 205 diamonds and feature team signature phrases “Do your job” and “We are all Patriots”, the former a rallying cry from the 2014 campaign and the latter a phrase recited by Kraft following the 2001 Championship and in the aftermath of last February’s victory.

Quarterback Tom Brady shows off his four championship rings. (Courtesy of New England Patriots)
Quarterback Tom Brady shows off his four championship rings. (Courtesy of New England Patriots)

Handcrafted by Jostens Jewelers of Beverly, Massachusetts, the rings also feature the iconic “Flying Elvis” logo sitting atop four Vince Lombardi trophies, one of which looms larger in the forefront.

PATRIOTS_3_dr_FRONT“I’ve 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,” said a jubilant Robert Kraft. “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.”

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Christian A. Guarino, a Boston North End resident, writes about football and soccer. This article is republished with permission, courtesy of Boston’s Post Gazette.

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