Ringing endorsement for Blue

For all the honors and celebrations heaped upon the Super Bowl champion Giants since their miraculous victory in early February, none topped the ultimate reward they received Thursday night in New York City – their Super Bowl championship rings.

After their thrilling victory that shocked the world, four Giants veterans were consulted regarding the ring's design. Michael Strahan said he wanted a "10-table ring," – one that could be seen from 10 tables away in a restaurant. Strahan couldn't have possibly been disappointed. The rings feature white gold, diamonds and three Super Bowl trophies, one for each of the Giants' victories in the title game.

As the players and coaches slipped on their new jewelry, they flashed smiles as bright as the diamonds on the top and sides of the rings.

"It feels heavy – very heavy," said Strahan, who joined Eli Manning, Shaun O'Hara and Eli Manning as players who helped design the ring. "After four months of waiting, it's everything I expected it to be. 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."

"It is great. It is very special," Manning said. "Obviously, to win the game and to go through those emotions and kind of relive it today with all your teammates and coaches and owners and everybody here – it is just great to finally get it. We had a few weeks of meeting to go over the ring. I was privileged to be a part of that committee and it came out just like we thought it would, perfect."

The ring's top is covered in diamonds and features three Super Bowl trophies accented with marquise diamonds signifying the team's Super Bowl XXI, XXV and XLII victories, along with the team's "NY" logo in bead set round diamonds. "World Champions" is emblazoned in raised letters on the top and bottom bezel, with channel set diamonds on the left and right bezel.

The ring's shanks celebrate the Giants' storybook season leading up to Super Bowl Sunday. "Eleven Straight on the Road," an NFL record; the NFL shield; player name, along with player number or season record (14-6) in raised letters appear on one shank; and the final score (NYG 17 NE 14), "Super Bowl XLII," date (02.03.08) and ‘AZ' appear on the other shank.

Eighty-five rings were distributed, including 57 to players. Antonio Pierce (who was on his honeymoon after getting married last week), Jeremy Shockey, Reggie Torbor (now with the Miami Dolphins) and Darren Bennett did not attend the ceremony. Linebacker Kawika Mitchell and safety Gibril Wilson, who signed with Buffalo and Oakland, respectively, joined their former teammates. Wilson was with the Giants when they visited the White House last month, but this was the first time Mitchell was back since leaving the team.

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