When the Patriots won the AFC Championship last season, they knew they would receive a ring of some sort. Now, they have finally received it, but it's not exactly the type of bling they wanted.
The Patriots received their AFC Championship rings during a team meeting held by owner Robert Kraft on Wednesday.
"Let's get the real one," Kraft told USA Today of his message to the players.
The Pats moved on to the Super Bowl after beating the Ravens in last year's conference championship. Kraft said that was a memorable game for the franchise, and even though the Pats came up short against the Giants in the Super Bowl, it was a special season for everyone who played a role in dedicating it to Kraft's late wife, Myra Kraft.
"It didn't end the way we all hoped," Kraft said when he handed out the rings, "but winning an AFC Championship Game at home in front of 70,000 fans is a great accomplishment and something that I will never forget."
The 14-karat, white gold ring has the Patriots logo on the top and has seven marquise diamonds to represent the number of AFC championships the franchise has won. The logo is surrounded by 32 round diamonds, which represents the 32 teams in the NFL.
Each ring contains 73 diamonds, which totals 1.51 karats. The number 73 signifies the 73 players that played in one game last season.
Kraft said he "had a heavy heart throughout the season" after his wife died of cancer last July. He told the team, "you guys helped me cope with my loss."
The left side of the ring features a blue sapphire stone with Myra Kraft's "MHK" initials.
Cornerback Sterling Moore tweeted photos of the ring, which you can see below.
Twitter / @SterlingMoore
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