By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Bill Belichick decided to tastefully troll the haters during the NFL 100 ceremony on Sunday, wearing only three of his eight Super Bowl rings in an all-timer of a flex. But specifically which rings did he choose for his big moment?
After a simple and just completely unscientific eye test here at the Sports Hub, we've come to a conclusion (we think) on all three rings Belichick showed off during the pre-game ceremony, when he flashed them as he was introduced to the chagrin of many in the crowd. He also got some healthy cheers from possible Patriots fans. People who at least respect his unparalleled achievements.
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On his right ring finger is ostensibly the ring that the Patriots received from Super Bowl LIII, which they won 13-3 over the Los Angeles Rams a year ago. Designed by Jostens, the ring stands as the largest ever created for a Super Bowl champion. On average, it weighs 8.25 carats in diamonds and another 1.6 carats in sapphire. The rings feature an average of about 416 round diamonds each.
On Belichick's left ring finger appears to be the ring from the Giants' 1987 win in Super Bowl XXI, Belichick's first as their defensive coordinator. It's identifiable by the large Lombardi Trophy against a blue background. According to a listing at Heritage Auctions, the ring features 1.2 carats of diamonds as part of the trophy design.
Tony Galbreath's Super Bowl XXI ring sold via @Worthridge last night for $20,575. #NYGiants
As for the third ring? It's a lot harder to discern than the other two. But by process of elimination, It's not a Patriots ring because of the heavy gold tint. It's likely Belichick's other Super Bowl ring with the Giants, from Super Bowl XXV in 1991. When Belichick flips his hands around, you can get a quick look at the front of the ring, which features two football-shaped diamonds.
Thanks to Giants legend Lawrence Taylor, whose ring from the same game was auctioned off for $230,401, we know that the ring features the two large footballs with 17 smaller diamonds surrounding them. The below photo shows a replica of the ring, including a very similar-looking side design to what Belichick is wearing:
1990-1991 New York Giants Super Bowl XXV Replica Ring with Wooden Gift Box - ... https://t.co/Edw1qlLhN9
So in case you were wondering which rings Belichick chose to show off, it appears that he repped both the Giants and Patriots. He also bookended his vast accomplishments by using the two Giants rings and the Patriots' most recent piece of jewelry.
Read into that however you want. But there's no question that Belichick reminded the football world that he's still the Super Bowl era's preeminent winner.
UPDATE: Belichick's girlfriend Linda Holliday confirmed later on Monday what we figured out. The three rings were indeed from Super Bowls 21, 25, and 53.
Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at [email protected].