Bucs get glitzy SB rings honoring hometown win

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are sporting brand-new Tremendous Bowl LV rings to pay tribute to the NFL’s first league championship received in a staff’s personal stadium in entrance of hometown followers.

The rings, unveiled Thursday evening in a non-public ceremony for gamers, coaches, front-office members, staff staff and their households, function detachable tops that permit you to see a complete reproduction of Raymond James Stadium, with the whole lot from the 50-yard line to seats.

The 319 diamonds, which embrace 15 karats of white diamonds and 14 karats of yellow diamonds, mirror the Tremendous Bowl’s 31-9 remaining rating. The twist-off detachable prime is a primary of any Tremendous Bowl ring. On the underside of the detachable prime, laser-etched in gold, is the phrase “HISTORIC,” to commemorate the accomplishment. The highest additionally options two Lombardi trophies as a nod to the Bucs’ 2002 Tremendous Bowl win — the primary in franchise historical past.

Across the prime of the stadium on every of the 4 sides are 4 recreation scores from the Bucs’ 4 postseason wins over the Washington Soccer Staff, New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs. Contained in the band are the phrases “Belief, Loyalty, Respect,” their staff motto.

“We wished it to symbolize the camaraderie and sacrifice that our gamers and coaches skilled alongside the way in which,” co-owner Darcie Glazer-Kassewitz stated. “This ring tells the story of that journey, it displays the guts and soul of a staff like none different earlier than it. We all know will probably be an emotional touchstone for everybody concerned for a lot of, a few years to return.”

Shortly after the ring unveiling, Bucs operating again Leonard Fournette posted a photograph on Twitter alongside star quarterback Tom Brady through which they proudly exhibit their Tremendous Bowl rings.

The Bucs’ earlier Tremendous Bowl rings had been manufactured by Tiffany. However most NFL groups have used Jostens, which designed all six of Brady’s Tremendous Bowl rings with the New England Patriots and the rings worn by the Kansas City Chiefs after profitable Tremendous Bowl LIV following the 2019 season. However the Glazer household, who personal the Buccaneers, wished one thing totally different.

“They stated, ‘Pay attention, we’re not doing what is predicted of us. We’re going rogue with you guys. We wish to do one thing totally different. We do not wish to comply with the herd,'” stated Jason Arasheben, founding father of Jason of Beverly Hills, who has produced NBA championship rings for the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors, however had by no means produced Tremendous Bowl rings.

“That is probably the most hands-on possession group we have had,” stated Arasheben, who has additionally created customized items for celebrities Drake, Jennifer Lopez, Dwyane Wade, Rihanna and Matthew McConaughey. “They actually, actually wished to design a hoop that the staff and the town would love. They put their blood, sweat and tears — and most significantly, their time into it, to verify it was precisely the way in which they envisioned ultimately.”

Gamers, together with Lavonte David, had enter in designing it and even bought a sneak peek, whereas coach Bruce Arians, who has received two Tremendous Bowl rings as an assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers and selected to not see the ultimate design, had only a easy request: “I wished to have the ability to put on it,” he stated.

“We’ve got a number of messages in there. All the pieces from the ultimate rating of the Tremendous Bowl to the truth that it was the primary Tremendous Bowl championship in a house stadium, the truth that they’d eight consecutive wins main as much as the Tremendous Bowl, the truth that they held their opponent to solely 9 factors — which is among the fewest ever,” Arasheben stated.

“We paid homage to every particular person playoff win, every particular person opponent. I feel that is what makes this particular,” Arasheben stated. “I do not recall a hoop in Tremendous Bowl historical past that has this many storylines to it. That’s the reason this ring took so lengthy to conceive, as a result of they weren’t comfortable simply making a diamond ring. They wished a diamond ring that was going to inform an entire story and in a number of methods — to the design to the stone depend — they wished to do a hoop that was one thing particular.”

The design alone took nearly three months to finalize and included generally three cellphone calls a day with Bucs possession. The rings are yellow and white gold and are made up of over 140 grams of gold and 15 karats of ethically sourced diamonds, one thing that was essential to the Glazer household. Every particular person ring includes 11 totally different items that wanted to be manufactured after which assembled, which took 40-50 hours of labor from seven totally different specialists. Every ring is customized with the participant’s identify, alongside along with his quantity, set in diamonds.

Was there extra strain developing with a design for Brady, realizing he already has six different rings? Arasheben stated he had an analogous expertise creating the Lakers ring for LeBron James.

“This one, I felt the identical strain, if no more,” Arasheben stated. “Tom Brady has six earlier Tremendous Bowl rings. I used to be like, ‘You already know what? This one has to supersede the expectations, to exceed each different one he is had prior to now. And I really feel greater than assured that we succeeded in doing that.”