Hakeem Nicks wants to be surprised.
While many Giants players have been peeking at the design of their Super Bowl rings for the last few months, some of them going so far as to post pictures of them on social media sites, the wide receiver said he hasn't even asked anyone for a hint about the chunk of gold, diamond and sapphires he'll be presented in a ceremony this evening.
"I never really chatted with them," Nicks said. "I never asked. I haven't asked Eli [Manning] and I think he was one of the ones who got it put together. I didn't even ask him."
It's like expecting a baby and not looking at the sonogram. Nicks wants to wait until he can hold the thing in his hands and put it on his finger.
The Giants will be presented their Super Bowl XLVI rings at Tiffany's. Tuesday night, several players were at the Waldorf-Astoria for the 19th annual Gridiron Gala supporting the United Way, where Chris Snee was being honored as a hometown hero. Very few of them had the willpower of Nicks to avoid looking at the ring.
Punter Steve Weatherford tweeted a three-angle picture of the ring along with a description: "14K white gold . . . with surrounding diamonds, sapphire band and diamond footballs. 'New York Giants 2011 World Champions' wording surrounds the ring. Total carat weight: 1.36 in diamonds and 1.11 in sapphires."
"People were saying that the design is kind of [bad]," center David Baas said. "I think the design is great. I mean, it's a Super Bowl ring. I don't care what it looks like, it's a Super Bowl ring and I'm going to wear it with pride. It took a lot of work to get that."
"It doesn't take much to please me when it comes to Super Bowl rings," said guard Kevin Boothe, who will collect his second. "Big and obnoxious, that's always the goal."
Tom Coughlin said he gave little consideration to the design.
"I think the players and the others had their statements based on the last one and what we thought would improve from the last time," he said of the Super Bowl XLII rings. "They asked me, I said I would like one thing on there: 'world champions.' "
"Why wouldn't you?" Baas asked. "It's their personal decision if they don't want to, that's fine, but if it was me, I would come back because that's a special moment that you earned with your team. Why would you miss something like that?"
Nicks won't. And though he hasn't looked at the design yet, he can guess that it will have a lot of shiny, glittering diamonds.
"I'm sure it will," he said with a smile.