Gallery: Diamonds are a football player’s best friend

January 30, 2015

They’re oversized, gobsmackingly expensive and covered in diamonds. If any one object epitomizes the over-the-top grandeur of the National Football League, it’s the Super Bowl ring.

The trinkets — if you can call them that — cost thousands of dollars to make; the New England Patriots Super Bowl XXXIX rings were valued at around $33,000 a piece, according to Bleacher Report.

The NFL Experience center in Downtown Phoenix has the rings on display, from the most recent – the Seahawks gem-encrusted masterpiece from last year – to the comparatively modest first championship ring designed for the Green Bay Packers, featuring a single diamond.

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