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Seattle Seahawks unveil Super Bowl XLVIII ring, players show them off (photos)

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Members of the 2013 Seattle Seahawks assembled on Thursday night for a ceremony where the team’s championship ring was unveiled. Players, coaches and team personnel were on hand and presented with their rings for the team’s Super Bowl XLVIII victory over the Denver Broncos in February.

According to a press release from the team, the ring was designed by Tiffany and Co. and Seahawks owner Paul G. Allen, head coach Pete Carroll, general manager John Schneider, among other executives were part of the creative process and were involved in several meetings with the designer.

Allen was the first to release an image of the ring on Twitter, but more images were soon to follow.

The blingy ring is described in the release as follows:

“The design of the first Seahawks Super Bowl ring represents a distinctive tribute to this team, our fans, the Pacific Northwest and the Seahawks victory in Super Bowl XLVIII,” said Seahawks President Peter McLoughlin.

The white gold Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII championship ring features a three-dimensional Seahawks logo of 64 round diamonds with a vibrant emerald hue tsavorite eye. The iconic logo is outlined in blue and is framed by 12 diamonds. The Vince Lombardi Trophy, comprised of one marquis diamond, stands in the background amongst a sea of 107 round diamonds with a border reading “WORLD CHAMPIONS”. Forty blue sapphires surround the ring top flanked by two “12″ flags.

The shank, or sides of the ring, tells the story of the championship season. One shank includes the team’s final record of 16-3, a southward view of CenturyLink Field with the “12″ flag and Mt. Rainier, highlighted with the individual player’s name and number. The other side features the Seattle skyline, Vince Lombardi Trophy with a marquis diamond, Super Bowl XLVIII logo and NFL shield.

The ring band features 12 feathers, similar to the markings on the team uniforms. The phrases “LEAVE NO DOUBT”, “24/7″, “SEA 43- DEN 8″ and “WHAT’S NEXT?” are engraved inside each ring.

The Seahawks also announced that fans are able to virtually wear the ring should they download the team’s mobile app. If that seems like too much work — or just plain silly — fans can get a feel for how the rings look on the fingers of the players who actually deserve to be wearing the championship ring courtesy of photos uploaded to social media from the likes of cornerback Richard Sherman, running back Derrick Coleman and safety Kameron Chancellor.

Chancellor wrote on Instagram: “I’ve worked all my life to get a Super Bowl ring. Hard work pays off. I’m a firm believer. On my path to greatness and the first of many.”

Safety Earl Thomas modeled his new fancy-schmancy accessory after the event, saying in an Instagram video that the ring is serving as a source of motivation for him.

Sherman echoed Thomas’ sentiments, and as he is wont to do, used the moment to profess extreme confidence in he and his team’s abilities and talents, writing on Instagram, “We like nice things…. So let’s do it again.”

With the way in which the Seahawks appear to be set up as a possible burgeoning dynasty, it will be up to other NFL teams to stop them. For now, that looks like a tall order, but that’s why they play the games, right?

(ring images via the Seattle Seahawks)