Three players with Alabama connections received Super Bowl rings on Thursday night when the Seattle Seahawks celebrated their victory in Super Bowl XLVIII with a ring-presentation ceremony.
Former Alabama offensive lineman James Carpenter and defensive lineman Jesse Williams and ex-Alabama State quarterback Tarvaris Jackson were members of the Seahawks during their championship season. Jackson is a former standout at Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery. All three players are still with the Seahawks, who completed minicamp on Thursday.
Williams received a ring even though he spent the entire season on the injured-reserve list because of a knee problem. On Thursday night, Williams used Instagram to post a picture of the Super Bowl ring and a BCS national championship ring won at Alabama on his hand with the caption: “Just a Young Hardworking Indigenous Kid from Brisbane.” Williams is the first Australian player to earn a Super Bowl ring.
The Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8 on Feb. 2 to win the 2013 NFL championship.
Seattle’s Super Bowl ring was made by Tiffany & Co. and features a Seahawks logo composed of 64 round diamonds with a tsavorite eye. The logo is framed by 12 diamonds. The Vince Lombardi Trophy, made of one diamond, is in a background of 107 round diamonds. Forty sapphires surround the ring’s top.
The Seahawks have not disclosed the cost of the rings. The NFL gives teams $5,000 per ring for up to 150 rings, but teams can spend more on the rings and order more rings. Usually, the jeweler absorbs the extra costs, then releases a line of jewelry for fans based on the ring’s design.
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