May 302008
 
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Giants Receive Their Super Bowl Rings:  The Super Bowl Champion New York Giants received their Super Bowl Championship rings at a private ceremony at Tiffany and Co. last night in New York City.

The rings include 1.5 carats in diamonds and cost approximately $5,500 each (though they are valued at $25,000).  The ring features the team’s three Super Bowl trophies, the team’s “ny” logo set in round diamonds, and the phrase “World Champions” in raised letters on the top and bottom bezel.  Channel-set diamonds also are included on the left and right bezel.  One shank includes each player’s last name and jersey number, the phrase “Eleven Straight on the Road”, and the NFL Shield.  The other shank includes the Super Bowl XLII logo, the final score of the game, and the date and location of the game.

“After four months of waiting, it’s everything I expected it to be,” said defensive end Michael Strahan.  “It feels good.  I mean look at it – it is unbelievable.  An unbelievable ring, we are an unbelievable team, and it was an unbelievable season.”

According to the Giants, 85 rings were distributed last night.  And 57 of those were to players, including former Giants safety Gibril Wilson and linebacker Kawika Mitchell (linebacker Reggie Torbor was not present).  Missing were tight end Jeremy Shockey, linebacker Antonio Pierce (currently on his honeymoon), and cornerback Darren Barnett.  Also receiving rings were the assistant coaches, former Giants’ General Manager Ernie Accorsi, and team inspiration Lt. Colonel Greg Gadson.

Giants’ President/CEO John Mara and Chairman/Executive Vice President Steve Tisch provided brief remarks.  Then Ann Mara and Joan Tisch, the widows of Wellington Mara and Bob Tisch, were presented Super Bowl pendants by their sons.  General Manager Jerry Reese and Head Coach Tom Coughlin were then given their rings, as was Ernie Accorsi.  Coughlin then distributed rings to the 18 assistant coaches, Gadson, the team captains (quarterback Eli Manning, Strahan, center Shaun O’Hara, and punter Jeff Feagles), and the rest of the players.

“The thing that is important to recognize in terms of our players and our organization is tonight we spend a lot of time talking about the ring and what the ring symbolizes, but really what it is you are going to carry this in your heart forever and that is what is important,” said Coughlin.  “You are the world champions, you never get tired of hearing about that, it is a tremendous, tremendous accomplishment for this group of young men and how they went about doing it, the coaching staff and the group of players that accomplished what they did.”

“As a kid you always think about winning a Super Bowl, winning a championship,” said LT David Diehl.  “When you have that ring you are in a unique class.  It is something that we will remember for the rest of our lives and something no one will be able to take away from us.”

“We did it together and won it as a team,” said Manning.  “Every game was different and in every situation someone else stepped up and contributed to us winning.  It’s all about the Giants.”

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Eric Kennedy

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