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Ohio Steeler 06-02-2006 04:02 AM

Super Bowl XL Rings
 
Steelers to receive rings Sunday

By Joe Bendel
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, June 1, 2006


The Steelers will receive their Super Bowl rings at a banquet Sunday at Heinz Field. Players such as Super Bowl MVP Hines Ward said the event will officially close the team's Super Bowl ride.
"After that, it's all about next season," Ward said. "We start over from there. So, let's get our rings and enjoy them, then concentrate on what's ahead."

? Ward returned Tuesday from his second trip to Seoul, South Korea, his last until after the 2006 season. While there, he contributed $1 million to his Helping Hands Foundation for biracial children. The group also raised another $1.5 million. The money is earmarked for educational needs, in addition to a scholarship fund named after Ward's mother, Kim Young-hee. Ward said he plans to bring as many as 40 biracial children from Korea to Pittsburgh to watch a Steelers game.

"I want them to see Heinz Field and see crazy fans who are so passionate about their team," Ward said.

? The Steelers will meet with President Bush at the White House on Friday.

"You always see championship teams standing there with the president," said left tackle Marvel Smith. "Now it's going to be us. That's a good feeling."

? The team has five voluntary workouts remaining, one today and four next week. They will then meet for training camp, which opens July 28 in Latrobe.


Joe Bendel can be reached at joecbendel@aol.com or (412) 320-7811.

tony hipchest 06-02-2006 09:29 AM

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this article is great. it makes you think its about the presidential visit, but its all about the rings. YELLOW gold (not that white crap) with 5 diamond lombardis.http://postgazette.com/pg/06153/695113-66.stm

Steelers to visit the White House today
Friday, June 02, 2006

By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Alan Faneca has one goal this afternoon when he meets the President in the Rose Garden at the White House.

"Shake his hand, hopefully," Faneca said.

Two days later, Faneca and the rest of the Steelers might have to think twice before they shake anyone's hand. Sunday, they will receive their Super Bowl rings in a private ceremony in a lounge at Heinz Field. Big, tough football players have been brought to their knees by their reaction to wearing a Super Bowl ring, not because of the emotion it brings, but the pain.

Chuck Noll once said that he discontinued wearing any of his four Super Bowl rings because of the pain it caused when he shook someone's hand. And those rings were small by comparison to the gold and diamond hubcaps Super Bowl teams receive today.

The Steelers will issue at least 150 rings to players, coaches and members of the organization Sunday and, yes, they will be gaudy. They still have a reputation as a mom-and-pop franchise as far as NFL teams go, but the size of their Super Bowl ring will keep up with the Joneses.

Dan Rooney, with help from Jerome Bettis and Ben Roethlisberger, came up with the idea for the ring. Rooney's initial plan was to design a ring that separated this championship from the franchise's first four. But Bettis convinced him otherwise. The retired halfback told him that the modern Steelers played in the shadows of the 1970s teams for so long that they finally believed they belonged with them now. Bettis wanted a ring that would display that.

So the design team of Rooney, Bettis and Roethlisberger came up with a ring that will display five Vince Lombardi Trophies on its face, all in diamonds. Rooney, though, did reject one of the players' requests, that the ring be constructed of white gold. Perhaps that might have represented their four postseason victories on the road in their white shirts, but, as Rooney said, "We're the black and gold." Yellow, not white.

"It really looks good in gold," Rooney said. "I'm pleased with it, and they're pleased with it, too."

For Rooney and a handful of others in the organization, this will be one for the thumb, a fifth Super Bowl ring after a 26-year quest.

"It's been a long time since we won that fourth one," said Dick Hoak, who will receive his fifth ring in the same job that he earned his first, as the Steelers' running backs coach.

Unlike many who store their rings in safe-deposit boxes, Hoak wears his, not daily, but on many occasions. During the season, he would wear the third or fourth ring on the day before the game.

"I don't know why people win them and don't wear them," Hoak said. "What's the sense of winning one?

"What I'll do now is put one of those away and wear this one. I just have to decide which one to put away. I just may wear this one now. Those other two are from so far back."

Receiving the ring not only represents the culmination of a pursuit for a generation, but also the beginning of the next one.

"Once we get it, we can kind of really put this year behind us," Hines Ward said. "It's really been a memorable year, and this ring is kind of the icing on the cake, something we worked hard for.

"Once you get it you look at it, reflect back on the year and all the people who supported you along the way. Then, after the ring ceremony, it's time to focus on starting a new chapter in the upcoming season. We really can't live off the past."

RoethlisBURGHer 06-03-2006 02:49 PM

Re: Super Bowl XL Rings
 
I quit wearing my class ring because it hurt when I shook people's hands.

I can't wait to see the ring,I am so giddy just thinking about it!

tony hipchest 06-03-2006 03:01 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by RoethlisBURGHer
I quit wearing my class ring because it hurt when I shook people's hands.

I can't wait to see the ring,I am so giddy just thinking about it!

it sounds like it will be real nice. especially when so many teams here lately have been using weak assed white gold (might as well use silver)

clevestinks 06-03-2006 03:20 PM

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I want to see the ring and I want a ring

RoethlisBURGHer 06-03-2006 03:23 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by clevestinks
I want to see the ring and I want a ring

Jostens normally makes repica rings for the fans,I want one so bad.

tony hipchest 06-03-2006 03:35 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by clevestinks
I want to see the ring and I want a ring

my brother got his masters in metalsmithing/art from UTEP (he specializes in jewelry and sculpture). he could probably make me a pretty good knock off. but for about $1000 -$1500, it would be easier for him to make a mock of the lombardi trophy. (he's got the skill do it, no problem)

SteelerzGirl 06-04-2006 12:10 AM

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I want to see the ring, too. Personally, I wish they were platinum, but yellow gold works for me, too. :smile:

clevestinks 06-04-2006 08:20 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by RoethlisBURGHer
Jostens normally makes repica rings for the fans,I want one so bad.

I have a friend with a replica Lakers ring, its not exact but looks good!

BlitzburghRockCity 06-04-2006 08:52 AM

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I cant wait to see what these rings look like...the suspense is killing me !


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