2007 New York Giants Championship Ring
Giants get Super Bowl rings
Cradling the Lombardi Trophy in one hand and wearing his new Super Bowl championship ring on the other, Michael Strahan was beaming brighter than his new diamonds. The Super Bowl champions received the prize they waited four months to receive and Strahan couldn't wait to show the world Thursday night.
"Incredible!" exclaimed Strahan, who refused to discuss whether he will return for another season before and after the Giants' lavish and private ring ceremony at Tiffany & Co. on Fifth Ave. "I want everybody to see this. I am not holding it back. It's a 10-table stunner. You can see it at dinner (10 tables away)."
With most of the Giants arriving in three buses complete with a police escort, players strutted down a blue carpet in front of the jewelry company store in front of adoring fans and a horde of media. Ownership, the coaching staff and 53 players, including former Giants such as Kawika Mitchell and Gibril Wilson, were on hand to receive the white gold rings worth $25,000 each. Tight end Jeremy Shockey, who has been the subject of trade talk all offseason, was one of four players not to attend. The other notable Giant missing was linebacker Antonio Pierce, who was on his honeymoon.
Lt. Col. Greg Gadsen, the Giants' motivational speaker, did show up and received a ring. For the Giants, it was one big reunion and a continuation of their four-month Super Bowl party. "It's been a great couple of months doing this, but this kind of makes it official," quarterback Eli Manning said as he couldn't stop touching and fidgeting with his ring. "Once the season starts again, you got to put it up. But for now it is exciting to have it and get the team together and enjoy this moment."
The diamond-encrusted ring features the Giants' three Super Bowl trophies on the top with the words "World Champions" emblazoned in raised letters. On one side is the score (17-14) of their Super Bowl XLII victory over the Patriots and the date (Feb. 3). The other side contains players' names, numbers and "Eleven Straight On The Road" signifying the team's road-warrior accomplishment.
Manning, who now has two significant rings to wear after recently marrying his college sweetheart, Abby McGrew, said he would soon compare his Super Bowl ring to the one his brother Peyton owns from the Colts' Super Bowl victory the year before. Some Giants, such as running back Brandon Jacobs, said they would wear the ring for a few days before locking it away in a safe. Others were going to wear it every day.
"What does it mean?" Super Bowl hero David Tyree said. "It means I get to bling this thing."
The only downside to last night was that with the team's offseason training activities starting today, the Giants could not spend all night celebrating. "We are getting ready to flip the page," Tom Coughlin said.
Strahan, however, sounded like he was going to party until the wee hours as the defensive end again refused to comment about his future. "You know what, we are not even going there," Strahan bristled when asked whether the ring will help bring him back for an encore. "Don't even go there. Tonight is about the past. I am thinking about the past and I am here to enjoy it with my teammates and everybody else involved."
"After four months of waiting, it is everything I expected to be," Strahan gushed. "(The ring) is better looking than I expected. You can hurt somebody with it. I might hurt myself. I can scratch my head and knock myself out."
Source: New York Daily News
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