The Green Bay Packers will soon begin work on designing a ring for the Super Bowl title.
"Me and Wood and the veteran guys like Chad Clifton are hoping that maybe they come together and let us have some input on it because this is our first one and we don't know if we'll get another one," said Donald Driver, Packers wide receiver.
Players have had input before. Jerome Bettis and Ben Roethlisberger helped design the Pittsburgh Steelers' fifth ring. Michael Strahan requested his Super Bowl 42 ring be visible from ten tables away. That is an idea Donald Driver approves of.
"I want mine, me and Wood talked about it, we want it so big that it's just going to be to the point where its just going to be ridiculous and people are going to be like you can't even wear that," said Driver.
The Packers do have some choices to make.
The Super Bowl I ring has a lone stone. However, the Super Bowl II ring has three stones - because even though it was only the second AFL-NFL World Championship Game (it wasn't known as the Super Bowl yet), it was the Packers third consecutive NFL title.
After Super Bowl XXXI, the Packers designed a ring with a logo "G" made of diamonds, with no reference to the previous titles.
"They are meant to be a show piece, not necessarily an everyday wearable ring," said Jennifer Morken, a jewelry and ceramics professor at UW-Green Bay.
Morken says Driver's request could be pricey.
"They will be expensive to make with the cost of gold what it is right now, but it's possible," said Morken.
The NFL pays for 150 rings for the Super Bowl winner. That is $5,000 per ring plus adjustments. Any extra rings the team has to pay for itself.
"I am the last guy to design a ring, I'll admit that right here," said Mike McCarthy, the Packers head coach. "I got a lot of advice from the players yesterday, so I am sure we'll have a dynamic ring when the decision is made. "
If the team wants advice, they could follow the precedence of the old coach. Vince Lombardi turned down the first Super Bowl ring design brought to him for approval.
"Vince said I love the ring but get that green stone out of there, my boys deserve diamonds," said Glen Christensen, a Texas native, who now owns the ring Lombardi turned down.
The Packers say the process of designing the Super Bowl 45 ring will be addressed in the near future.
FOX 11's Ben Krumholz is working on the story and will have more tonight on FOX 11 News at Five.
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