The name of this battle? The Super Bowl
What do you get if you win? Bragging rights, a Lombardi Trophy, and the unmistakable Super Bowl Ring.
Today the reining Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens will be given their rings just four months after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in last season's finale.
We know that they are large, borderline gaudy, and sport more diamonds than the average fan could dream of owning, but here are some other facts we may not know about the notorious Super Bowl ring.
1. Vince Lombardi helped design the very first ring the Green Bay Packers received.
2. Coaches and players aren't the only ones who receive rings.
Each team is allotted 150 rings. These can be given to active and injured players, coaches, former players, trainers, personnel, and front of house staff. A team must be choosey in who they give a ring to because extras will go on their tab.
3. Each ring is valued at around $5,000.
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4. Companies like Jostens, Balfour, and Tiffany's bid on the right to make the championship rings.
The choice ultimately lies within the team itself. It takes about a month for a team to hammer out the design details before a ring goes into production.
5. The Green Bay Packers Super Bowl XLV ring contains more than 100 diamonds.
6. The ring company isn't allowed to make any replicas under any circumstances unless requested by the team itself.
Even under team request, the rings cannot be exactly the same. There are rings that can be purchased that look exactly the same, but they aren't exact replicas.
7. The New England Patriots ring from Super Bowl XXXIX has the most diamonds at 124 and weighs 4.06 ounces. The ring is football shaped and when sat on an edge rocks back and forth to signify team unity and balance.
8. Super Bowl rings from the 1970s Steelers have sold on Ebay for $32,000 apiece in 2008.
9. Chicago Bears' William "The Refrigerator" Perry has one of the largest size ever for a Super Bowl ring at 25 -- roughly the size of a half dollar.
10. Neal Dahlen has the most Super Bowl rings of any individual with seven.
He received five with the San Francisco 49ers (Staff and Player Personnel) and two with the Denver Broncos (General Manager).