The New England Patriots presented Super Bowl LI Rings to the players in a private ceremony on Friday. The design of the ring features the most diamonds ever used in a Super Bowl ring, more than double what the team's 2004 and 2005 rings had.
The official announcement says that there are more than 280 diamonds in each ring. But team spokesman Stacey James told ESPN that the rings have exactly 283 diamonds…a reminder of the 28-3 third-quarter deficit the team had to come back from against the Atlanta Falcons to win their fifth Super Bowl.
Owner Robert Kraft said in the announcement:
"We have had the good fortune to now celebrate five Super Bowl championships, and much like the games themselves, the rings and the celebrations keep getting bigger and better. It was a historic comeback win, and the players deserve to have a ring that represents that accomplishment, so we created the biggest Super Bowl ring ever made. Watching the expressions of the players and coaches when they saw them for the first time and the overwhelming pride when they put them on was priceless."
Also included on the ring is Kraft's post-game comment, "Unequivocally the sweetest," and the words "Greatest comeback ever."