The Eagles celebrated their Super Bowl victory one final time on Thursday night, when the team hosted a Super Bowl ring ceremony at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. The party included the entire organization and players and coaches from last year’s team – even those who have since gone elsewhere.
The team kept the ceremony private, and players arrived eager to learn the details and design of the ring, which were a secret until the ring was unveiled. Before the Super Bowl parade, there was a meeting to discuss the ring. Owner Jeffrey Lurie mentioned going the “elegant” route. The players objected.
“The bigger and the blingier, the better,” Lurie said the players told him. “And that’s what we did.”
“It’s the first time we can act like we’ve never been there before!” Malcolm Jenkins said.
Here’s what they came up with:
The ring is made of pure 10-karat white gold, with a total of 219 diamond and 17 green sapphires, according to the team’s website. The ring bears the Eagles logo with pavé-set diamonds, signifying Super Bowl 52. The Lombardi Trophy on the ring contains 16 diamonds for the regular-season and postseason wins. There are 13 diamonds at the base of the trophy for the regular-season wins and three diamonds at the top for the postseason victories.
The bezel of the ring has a waterfall of 127 diamonds, a number representing the sum of the jersey numbers of the three players who touched the ball in the Philly Special — Corey Clement (30), Trey Burton (88), and Nick Foles (9). There are four green sapphires for the team’s four NFL championships.
There’s a silhouette of Lincoln Financial Field and “Fly, Eagles Fly!” There’s a dog mask inscribed inside, and the bottom of the ring has each player’s signature. It also includes the messages, “We all we got, we all we need” and “family.”
Jenkins said the ring signifies the accomplishment, but the night was about bringing the group together again. Vinny Curry, LeGarrette Blount, Torrey Smith, Trey Burton, Brent Celek, Beau Allen, Bryan Braman, and Najee Goode were among the players no longer on the team who came to the party. Former offensive coordinator Frank Reich, who is now the head coach in Indianapolis, also attended the ceremony.
“It’s awesome,” Smith said. “That’s the reward when you win, you want this opportunity to celebrate together. It’s the beginning of knowing we’re united forever.”
Attendees arrived dressed for a party and ready to celebrate. Jalen Mills walked in remarking how “crazy” it was and said he was going to be “overwhelmed.” Mills said he would not wear the ring every day, but he’ll “look at it every day.”
The ceremony wasn’t limited to those in the football wing of the building, but also the staffers who are far from the limelight.
“Everyone’s getting a ring,” Lurie said. “It’s so great to have our players back. Our players, players who have gone and come back. It’s awesome. A very tight-knit family. And we get to finally celebrate it all.”
Coach Doug Pederson said this week that at 12:01 a.m., Friday, the Eagles must turn the page from the Super Bowl to the 2018 season. The players agreed. They enjoyed Thursday night. And that’s the last of the Super Bowl celebrations.
“After we celebrate this,” Jenkins said, “then it goes back into the resting place, and we’re looking for another one.”