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Robert Kraft hosts ceremony to present Patriots Super Bowl XLIX Championship rings
"I have been blessed to host four Super Bowl ring ceremonies, and just like the rings we present, we have tried to make each ceremony a little bigger and a little better than the one before," said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft. "Football is the consummate team sport. These championship rings represent all that the team endured and overcame together. The players on this team will forever be bound by the memories this ring represents. The presentation of the rings is one of my favorite moments. I love watching the expressions on the faces of each of our players and the range of emotions they experience when they see the ring for the first time and the pride they all have when they put it on. Tonight's celebration is really a culmination of a job well done."
On February 1, 2015, the New England Patriots overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to claim a 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. It was the greatest fourth quarter come-from-behind victory in Super Bowl history, and deserving of a significant ring to signify its accomplishment.
Players and coaches of the Super Bowl XLIX Champion New England Patriots began arriving in the 6 o'clock hour for a cocktail reception followed by dinner. The rings were formally presented as the dessert to their entrée. Kraft promised a "rich" and very "sweet" dessert and military members from each of the five branches delivered with rings that were once again caked with carats.
The rings, handcrafted by Jostens, are once again cast in white gold. On one side, the recipient's name sits atop the ring, along with the years of the franchise's previous Super Bowl Championships in '01, '03, '04 and 2014. The players' number, encrusted in diamonds, sits just above the Gillette Stadium logo. The other side of the ring features a Super Bowl XLIX logo with the final score, 28-24, on the left and the team's overall record, 15-4, on the right. Both serve as a reminder of what can be accomplished when you "Do Your Job," which is labeled atop that side of the ring. Inside the ring is a quote from Robert Kraft following the game, "We are all Patriots."
The top of the ring is highlighted by the Patriots' logo, which is outlined by 44 diamonds. The words "World Champions" flank each side. A field of 143 diamonds creates a spectacular sparkling effect, highlighting the four large Lombardi Trophies, cast with marquee-cut diamonds.
In 2003 and 2004, when the Patriots won back-to-back Super Bowls, the championship rings were adorned with 104 and 124 diamonds respectively. This year's championship ring, which is the largest Super Bowl ring ever made, features 205 diamonds. It is the highest appraised value of any of the four Patriots' rings and a priceless piece of jewelry to commemorate the many accomplishments of this championship team and a job well done.
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