Today is the day of envy … Every player in the the NFL will be facing toward Green Bay, Wisconsin.
That’s because in a special closed door ceremony open only to members of the team the presentation of the Super Bowl rings will take place.
It’s the holy grail of football … The penultimate prize that every player seeks but only a select few will realize.
Consider that Dan Marino never had the chance to be fitted with one, nor did Lem Barney, or Bernie Kosar, or Fran Tarkenton. So many of the greatest players of all time never received one.
But tonight Brett Swain will be handed his, so will John Kuhn (actually his second), and so will Al Harris.
Who would have ever thought that Bryan Bulaga, the youngest player ever to win a Super Bowl would be trying on his ring tonight?
But that’s the beauty of the game, the uncertainty of sports, the joy of winning.
“I’m looking forward to it,” receiver Greg Jennings said in a story published Wednesday by Lori Nickel in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Everywhere we go, people ask, ‘Do you have the ring?’ So I’m very excited.”
It all happens at 4 p.m. today in the private presentation set to be held in the atrium of Lambeau Field.
Media will be allowed in following the presentation to photograph the ring and interview Packers president Mark Murphy, head coach Mike McCarthy, and at least two select players yet to be named.
It’s a great day for players.
“When you actually put it on, you feel like you’re not even worthy of it,” LeRoy Butler, the all-pro safety on the Packers’ 1997 Super Bowl team said in Wednesday’s Journal Sentinel story.
Like this year’s team, the 1997 Packers also held a private gathering for the ring presentation … Something for which players were grateful.
“Some teams get it in front of the home crowd; ours was very peaceful,” said former center Frank Winters. “Just coaches and players and certain board of directors. Small setting but very special.”
Packers wide receiver on the 1997 team Antonio Freeman had similar sentiments: ”Except for the fans, the most important people in your whole life were in that room to get the ring.”
And no doubt tonight will feature similar feelings and emotions. It could be a once-in-a-lifetime event … It could be the start of a series of championships in Green Bay.
But given the uncertainty that is the NFL, everyone who will be in that room tonight will cherish the moment.
And on the outside, people will have their eyes and hearts affixed on Green Bay.
It is indeed a day of envy.
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