Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, gave President Donald Trump a Super Bowl ring. It’s normal for the president to receive a gift from a sports team who goes to the White House to celebrate a championship. Most often it’s a Jersey personalized for the president. But Kraft chose to give his longtime friend something very special to put into the presidential library.
The ring celebrated the teams 34-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, including 283 diamonds symbolic of the 28-3 deficit they had to overcome. That is the most diamonds ever used in a Super Bowl ring and twice what the Patriots had in their 2004 and 2005 rings. It’s also the largest Super Bowl ring according to the manufacturer, Jostens. The NFL puts in $5,000 per ring for 150 rings for the champions, anything over that the team has to pay for.
The rings go to the players, coaches, team staff and others including a ring for Tom Brady’s mother who has been fighting cancer. There were some less expensive rings crafted, but which one Trump received is not known. And if you’re wondering about the President receiving the ring as a gift, it’s fine as long as he puts it on his annual financial disclosure, didn’t ask for the ring and didn’t give any promise in exchange for it.
This is the fifth ring Kraft has won as the owner of the Patriots… but his 2005 ring is currently in Russia where Kraft showed it to Vladimir Putin while visiting, Putin that it was a gift and kept it.
Now Trump and Putin have something in common.