Because they competed together, they came together. And because they came together, they got to celebrate being Super Bowl champions together.
And Thursday night during a private function at EMP, the players and coaches who comprised the first Super Bowl champion in Seahawks history got their individual prizes together: Super Bowl XLVIII rings.
“It really is an honor,” coach Pete Carroll said earlier in the day after the final practice in the minicamp that concluded the team’s offseason program. “And I think the honor in it comes from doing it together with all these guys. We feel very fortunate and we’re very humbled that it’s come to this now and we’re coming to get this thing done and then we move along with it.
“But it’s just really cool to have done something like that together. We set out to take it as far as we can and we did.”
And when it was time to hand out the rings designed by Tiffany & Co., Carroll started at the top with owner Paul Allen.
“We’re so grateful for the leadership,” Carroll said. “We’re so grateful for the trust that you’ve put in us to do this the way we wanted to do it.
After accepting his ring from Carroll, Allen offered, “We’re here tonight to honor the dedication and drive of so many people in this room. Our new rings and the championship they commemorate represent the capstones of this franchise’s achievements to date. It took a special team, special coaches and special fans to make this moment a reality. And here we are celebrating this special night together.”
And what a celebration it was, including a surprise performance by Usher and ESPN’s Kenny Mayne serving as the evening’s emcee.
But the most cherished guests were the rings that were handed out to the Super Bowl champions – white gold bands featuring a three-dimensional Seahawks logo of 64 round diamonds. The team’s iconic logo is outlined in blue and framed by 12 diamonds. The eye of the Seahawk? An emerald-hue tsavorite.
Each ring also is personalized with the player’s name and number on one side.
Needless to say, the bling of this ring was the thing Thursday night. The players had been talking about getting their rings and anticipating what emotions might come with it. They were not disappointed.
“I don’t buy expensive jewelry. I say if you’re going to wear expensive jewelry you earn it,” All-Pro cornerback
Like rallying to defeat the Texans in Houston in overtime in Week 4, slapping an exclamation point on the first 4-0 start in franchise history. Like overcoming a 21-point deficit, the largest in club history, to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in overtime in Week 9. Like blowing out the New Orleans Saints in a nationally televised game in Week 13, and they dispatching them again in the playoff opener. Like
“That’s what made the difference between us and everybody else. This ring shows the togetherness we had.”
It takes a closer look to find those subtleties in the ring. But inside the band are what became the team’s mantras during the march to the Super Bowl: “Leave No Doubt.” “24/7.” “What’s Next?”
“They encompassed everything we stand for in this ring,” Sherman said. “I think they did a tremendous job with it. Now it’s time to win it again and see what they can come up with new next year.”