A Giant proposal: Justin Tuck wants to keep adding Super Bowl rings
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Some players received their first Super Bowl ring. For others, it was their second. But one theme that seemed to be constant among the Giants Wednesday night was a deep desire to get even more of them.
"Now we want to make it a dynasty," Justin Tuck said.
The Giants seem to think they can.
Tuck had several conversations to that point Wednesday night. At one point during the ceremony he pulled Eli Manning aside and told him: "We have to play the games anyway so we might as well win them."
"Setting the stakes high," Manning said of those comments, "and making sure we stay motivated."
The Giants may have been celebrating the 2011 season Wednesday night but today they're back to preparing for 2012. And, they hope, another ring ceremony next year.
"Don't nobody want one," defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said as he walked into Tiffany's to accept his bling.
"I want to win another one," receiver Victor Cruz said. "I'm young, so I figure we won one this early in my career, why not get a couple more?"
Even those who already have multiple rings are admitting to greed.
"As a competitor," said David Diehl, who had both rings on his same right hand, "you're never satisfied."
While the diamonds and sapphires on the outside of the Giants' Super Bowl rings are as flashy and opulent as you might expect, the few select words that are engraved on the inside, where few will be able to see them, are most likely what will stick with the men.
Two phrases that captured the essence of the season are etched inside the rings. On one side it says "ALL IN," the rallying cry for the team at the end of the season and throughout the playoffs. And on the other side it says, simply, "FINISH," which was the theme coach Tom Coughlin instilled in the team from the first day of training camp to the moment Tom Brady's Hail Mary pass hit the turf in the end zone in Indianapolis.
"It means everything to me," Coughlin said of those six tiny letters etched inside his ring. "The word 'Finish' in there really captures a lot of emotion for me . . . I think that says a lot. I'll always look upon that."
But let's not kid ourselves. The outside is pretty special, too.
It is made of white gold and includes 1.36 carats of diamonds and 1.11 carats of sapphires. The addition of the blue jewels separates it from the rings the Giants received four years ago which were all white and diamonds (to signify the road white uniforms the "Road Warriors" wore throughout their playoff run).
Tuck said he was disappointed that the design leaked out before everyone on the team could see it, which was why he discredited all of the images that have been floating around the Internet for the past few weeks. Once it was slipped on their fingers, though, all of that agitation and angst went away.
Tuck said there were some design elements that didn't make the final cut and added, "hopefully ring three, I can get a little more push behind some of the ideas."