The rings arrived at Owings Mills in a Brinks truck…
Each ring has 243 diamonds and is made of white and yellow gold. Estimated street value is $65,000 per ring…
Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis wears his Super Bowl XLVII championship ring, right, along with his Super Bowl XXXV ring. (Photo: Patrick Semansky AP)
Super Bowl rings serve as a reward for the previous season and as keepsake that will last a lifetime. Many strive to get them, but only a select few actually own one, let alone two.
"I remember thinking so many great players, Hall of Famers, haven't had the opportunity to do what we did a few minutes ago," wide receiver Torrey Smith said. "To be amongst a pretty elite group as a team is something we'll never forget, and I'm thankful for it."
Each player received a ring with his name on the side. On the face of the ring, the words "WORLD CHAMPIONS" surround the left and right border. The piece of jewelry was so glitzy and symbolic, even the usually talkative Terrell Suggs was at a loss for words.
"It's surreal," the linebacker said. "It finally hit me, what exactly we accomplished together. It didn't take a year. It took me 11 years to get it. It finally paid off, all that blood given. There's not a word that describes what I'm feeling, and all the emotions."
Since that unforgettable win over the 49ers, several players have departed through free agency, others have been cut and a couple have retired (Lewis and center Matt Birk). Guard Bobbie Williams and special teams standout Brendon Ayanbadejo were both released in recent months, but they were in attendance and will forever be a part of the 2012 Super Bowl champs.
"We're still the champions until somebody wins it next year, so we'll try to enjoy it as long as we can," Ayanbadejo said.
Should the Ravens repeat, it will be with a different cast.
"It really symbolizes that this is the last time we're all going to be together as a team," Smith said, "so it's definitely a special moment."
Said Flacco: "All of us, from the time we were young, had dreams to play at this level and at some point, do this. Obviously, to reach that goal last year was something special. Just to be here tonight and celebrate it with your teammates, some guys who aren't here anymore and guys you're going to be battling against next year, is a lot of fun and definitely pretty special."