Carolina Panthers’ players received big, diamond-studded rings Wednesday at Bank of America Stadium, just not the ones they were gunning for.
The Panthers presented players with 2015 NFC championship rings during a ceremony led by coach Ron Rivera, according to an article on the team website.
“This ring is about recognizing the accomplishments from last year,” Rivera said. “This team won 17 games, 14 consecutive, went undefeated at home, took home a third consecutive NFC South title and won an NFC Championship, but we didn’t close the deal. Now we move on.”
Rivera reminded everyone that the Panthers had 92 days remaining before their Sept. 8 opener at Denver, which defeated Carolina 24-10 in Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, Calif.
The Jostens-produced rings feature a custom aquamarine stone and 77 diamonds totaling 1.35 carats, set in 10-karat white gold.
A pair of marquis-cut diamonds, representing the Panthers’ two NFC titles, flank the Panthers’ logo at the top of the ring. There are several other touches, including depictions of the team’s “Keep Pounding” motto, an image of the NFC championship trophy and a 3D rendering of the stadium.
A Panthers official said he didn’t know the cost of the rings.