After months of celebration in the City of Brotherly Love, Zach Ertz and the Philadelphia Eagles finally received their Super Bowl rings this week in a special ceremony that capped the end of the offseason with one last night to remember their special accomplishment from last season.
The ceremony was held at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia, where the entire Eagles organization came together to receive their 10-karat white gold Super Bowl LII rings adorned with 219 diamonds and 17 green sapphires.
Zach was joined at the Eagles’ event by his World Cup-winning wife Julie, and he can now finally show off his own championship accessory in the Ertz household.
The ring ceremony was also special because it reunited former teammates who have found new homes for the upcoming season.
Trey Burton (Chicago Bears), Brent Celek (retired) Vinny Curry (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), LeGarrette Blount (Detroit Lions), Torrey Smith (Carolina Panthers), and Beau Allen (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) were among the many players who returned to Philadelphia one last time as Eagles.
“It’s awesome,” Smith said. “That’s the reward when you win, you want this opportunity to celebrate together. It’s the beginning of knowing we’re united forever.”
This Eagles team reached great heights because of their selflessness and the bond between each other, so the ring ceremony was a great way for Philadelphia to close the book on an unforgettable season.
“Everyone’s getting a ring,” Lurie said. “It’s so great to have our players back. Our players, players who have gone and come back. It’s awesome. A very tight-knit family. And we get to finally celebrate it all.”
The Lombardi Trophy on the ring contains 16 diamonds, signifying the teams win total during the regular season and playoffs. Perhaps the most interesting component of the ring is the bezel, which contains 127 diamonds, the sum of the jersey numbers of the three players who touched the ball on the Philly Special (Nick Foles, Trey Burton and Corey Clement).
And of course, a dog mask is inscribed on the inside of the ring, a reference to all the doubters all season long, especially after quarterback Carson Wentz sustained his season-ending ACL injury in Week 14.
Head coach Doug Pederson and the rest of the Eagles are now ready to move on with their offseason schedule in preparation of their title defense. The Eagles know what it takes to win a championship now, but they know it’s not easy.
“After we celebrate this,” Malcolm Jenkins said, “then it goes back into the resting place, and we’re looking for another one.”