In the history of the NFL's Super Bowl era, we have witnessed 45 Super Bowl champions to date, with Super Bowl XLVI fast approaching.
Every Super Bowl winner creates their own Super Bowl ring, and some rings will appear to be almost exact replicas of prior ring designs.
Some teams hold many different rings, while there is a scattering of NFL teams looking for their first one.
Every Super Bowl ring is special. They are all different, ranging from the size, the design, the colors, the diamonds and the shape.
Some appear to be gaudy, while others are more classic and more appealing to the eye.
In order to get a reasonably close view of the first 44 Super Bowl rings created, click on this link here. This article also discusses the process of how the ring manufacturer is decided and who picks up the cost of making the rings.
Our job today is to power rank all 45 Super Bowl rings, but since preferences for rings can be a very personal thing, it would not be a major surprise to discover that opinions can vary greatly.
(The ring photos in the presentation are courtesy of SI.com.)
Super Bowl XXVI: Washington Redskins 37 - Buffalo Bills 24
There is something about this ring that just rubs me the wrong way.
I realize that they are trying to work the Redskins feathers into the concept of this Super Bowl ring, but it is the tiered-look of the ring that comes across more as strange than inspirational.
Super Bowl I: Green Bay Packers 35 - Kansas City Chiefs 10
Pictured above are the Super Bowl rings for the Green Bay Packers for Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II.
You can see the distinct change in the design of the two rings and introducing the green background in the Super Bowl II ring makes it much more distinctive and appealing.
Obviously the NFL didn't know how popular the Super Bowl would become in the beginning, thus the significance of the appeal and appearance of the rings was downplayed as a result.
Don't worry Packers fans, you have some much better rings to view later on in the presentation.
Super Bowl XXXIII: Denver Broncos 34 - Atlanta Falcons 19
Sometimes teams go to great lengths to try to highlight their team logo in the Super Bowl ring.
As you will see later on in the presentation, when it is done correctly, it can have add a profound element to the ring. When it is not done correctly, you wind up with something like this. Don't care for this design at all.
Super Bowl XXXIV: St. Louis Rams 23 - Tennessee Titans 16
This is the only Super Bowl ring for the Rams franchise and you would have liked to think they would have done a better job with it.
Similar to the Broncos ring on the previous slide, this is one more example of a ring that tried to highlight the team inside the ring, but the end result is a failure.
When I look at this ring, I think of the old Highlights magazine, where you have to pick out a design that is hidden somewhere in the drawing.
This ring is just a mess. I just wonder how involved Georgia Frontiere was in this project. Wouldn't surprise me if she had her hands all over this thing.
Super Bowl XXXVII: Tampa Bay Bucs 48 - Oakland Raiders 21
To my way of thinking, the Bucs could have done so much more with this ring, so I will have to say that somebody fumbled the ball here.
From the Bucs red-flag logo to the pirates cutlass sword, there was plenty of room for some stroke of creativity, instead there was none.
No way of knowing how much longer it will be until the Bucs win their second Super Bowl but I wouldn't be surprised if they make a number of changes to that ring.
Super Bowl X: Pittsburgh Steelers 21 - Dallas Cowboys 17
I can't help but think when I look at this ring that the design came from somebody that did a wood carving from a tree stump.
The diamonds look like cuff link studs and the Super Bowl trophy in the middle looks like a Mickey Mouse design. There really isn't very much to like about this ring.
Super Bowl II: Green Bay Packers 33 - Oakland Raiders 14
Not a whole lot to like about this ring. For one thing, the designer never caught on that this was only the second Super Bowl victory for the Packers, so why did they include three major diamonds for the second victory?
In reviewing the entire lot of Super Bowl rings, this is the only one with math issues.
Not a great design either. Pass.
Super Bowl IV: Kansas City Chiefs 23 - Minnesota Vikings 7
The Kansas City Chiefs have one Super Bowl win to their credit and this is the ring from that victory in Super Bowl IV.
The problem I have with this ring is two-fold. The color used in the background of the ring doesn't match the Chiefs team colors.
Second, the swirls and bubble shapes found inside the background seem more consistent with a Magic 8-Ball than with a Super Bowl ring.
Super Bowl XIV: Pittsburgh Steelers 31 - Los Angeles Rams 19
Whenever I see this ring, I can't help but think that there are four crystal turtle figurines on the top of the ring and they are imprisoned by the "Steel Curtain" surrounding their little crest. Or something like that.
This ring from Super Bowl XIV was the fourth Super Bowl win over a six-year span for the Steelers, and it appears that whoever was in charge of designing the rings had finally gotten bored with the project.
Not much creativity, seems like it was kind of just slapped together.
Super Bowl XXVIII: Dallas Cowboys 30 - Buffalo Bills 13
The Dallas Cowboys fourth Super Bowl victory allowed them to create their fourth Super Bowl ring.
The Cowboys worked the four diamond footballs into the middle of the ring, which is a fine design, and it looks pretty sleek with the smaller diamonds making up the larger football on the outer edge of the ring.
The only problem I have with this ring has to do with the engraving.
You would normally put the city you represent on the top of the ring or on the left side of the ring (like you were reading a page from a book) and then the team nickname on the bottom of the ring or on the right side.
But not America's team.
They put Cowboys on the left and Dallas on the right, as if the city of Dallas takes a backseat to the Cowboys. It may not have been intended to read like that, but that is the way it comes across.
Super Bowl XXXVI: New England Patriots 20 - St. Louis Rams 17
Super Bowl XXXVI was the very first Super Bowl win for the Patriots organization and while I really liked the rings they made for the second and third Super Bowl wins, somebody dropped the ball on this one.
The one major diamond at the top to signify the first Super Bowl win is fine and I like that they attempted to work in the colors of the Patriots team into the ring.
But the design of the face on the Patriots logo blends in directly with the adjacent diamonds because it appears they are all the same color and there is no way to discern between the two.
The end result of this ring is weaker compared to the later efforts.
Super Bowl IX: Pittsburgh Steelers 16 - Minnesota Vikings 6
The thing you notice almost immediately about the Super Bowl rings for the Pittsburgh Steelers from the mid-to-late 1970s is that there really isn't much change from one version to the next.
Sure, they change the rings to put on accurate information, but in regards to changing up the shape, the color scheme, the design or the engraving, it appears that they applied the old "Don't fix it if it isn't broke" mentality.
Nobody was complaining about the effort of the team on the field, but now that we have a portfolio of 45 Super Bowl rings and growing, we can look back at what some of the teams did and wonder what they were thinking.
Super Bowl VIII: Miami Dolphins 24 - Minnesota Vikings 7
This was the second Super Bowl victory for the Miami Dolphins franchise.
The style, design and color schemes are very similar to the ring that was made for the Super Bowl VII team.
This repeating style was copied by the Pittsburgh Steelers later in the 1970s.
The Dolphins ring was pretty basic. Two diamonds for the second Super Bowl trophy. Not much else left to say about it.
Super Bowl XV: Oakland Raiders 27 - Philadelphia Eagles 10
This was the second Super Bowl win for the Raiders organization, which is why you see the two larger diamonds inside of the football.
Another clean, sleek look for the Raiders Super Bowl rings, with the familiar engraving of the Oakland Raiders World Champions on the top and bottom of the ring, matching their earlier design.
Super Bowl XIX: San Francisco 49ers 38 - Miami Dolphins 16
You will note that this is a picture of Joe Montana's Super Bowl ring from Super Bowl XIX, as his name is engraved on the left-hand bottom side of the ring.
This was the second Super Bowl win for the 49ers and this ring emphasis the two Lombardi trophies in the middle of the ring.
Classic look and design.
Super Bowl VII: Miami Dolphins 14 - Washington Redskins 7
This was the Dolphins first Super Bowl victory, so the ring has one brilliant diamond in the middle of the stone with a light blue background that seems to make the diamond sparkle even more.
This looks to be one of the most amazing "starburst" array from any diamond that we have seen in the entire collection of Super Bowl rings.
Super Bowl XII: Dallas Cowboys 27 - Denver Broncos 10
This was the second Super Bowl victory for the Dallas Cowboys team, which is why you see the two Dallas Cowboys stars in the middle of the ring.
Notice that the ring has Dallas on the top and Cowboys on the bottom, which is a change from one of the other Cowboys Super Bowl rings.
This design works for me and has a flashy look that goes well with the two blue stars in the middle of the ring.
Super Bowl XLII: New York Giants 17 - New England Patriots 14
The most recent New York Giants Super Bowl win, Super Bowl XLII, saw the Giants depart from their two earlier Super Bowl rings that utilized the Giants blue uniforms to put some great blue background in the rings, to put in no other color at all, going with a silver ring with the diamonds.
While the look is clean and neat, I much prefer the addition of the blue background.
The three diamond Super Bowl trophies in the middle of the ring signify the Giants three Super Bowl titles.
Will they be able to make it four? We will know in a couple weeks.
Super Bowl XXIII: San Francisco 49ers 20 - Cincinnati Bengals 16
This marked the third Super Bowl victory in the 1980s for the San Francisco 49ers and they weren't shy about reminding their players about their dominance on the Super Bowl ring.
If you look at the right hand side of the ring, you will see an engravement that reads "Team of the 80's". Wonder how they topped that after winning it one more time in 1989?
The three Super Bowl diamond trophies are clearly visible in the middle of the ring. Quite a few smaller diamonds also make up the overall brightness and bling value of the ring.
Super Bowl XXXI: Green Bay Packers 35 - New England Patriots 21
I have this Super Bowl ring ranked more in the middle of the pack because it has a nice design and it is loaded with plenty of diamonds for an impressive reaction from anyone that sees it.
To me there is not enough diversification in the ring, it is all just too much.
The most recent Super Bowl ring (Super Bowl XLV) was much classier due to introducing the color green into the ring. That is what this version needed, something to break it up.
Super Bowl XXIV: San Francisco 49ers 55 - Denver Broncos 10
This Super Bowl ring is No. 4 for the San Francisco 49ers and you will note that it also happened to be their fourth victory in the decade of the 1980s, as each victorious year is engraved into the ring (1981, 1984, 1988 and 1989).
The 49ers dynasty was in full swing by the time Super Bowl XXIV ended.
The ring contains the four football diamonds to reflect their four championships. There are some additional smaller diamonds but they did not make this ring overly busy.
Super Bowl III: New York Jets 16 - Baltimore Colts 7
Despite all of the promises, guarantees and threats from Jets head coach Rex Ryan, Super Bowl III is the only Super Bowl that the New York Jets franchise has ever won.
The Jets ring was a marked improvement over the initial rings from the Green Bay Packers.
The Jets added a nice green touch to the outer edges of the diamond-studded football in the middle of the ring.
You will notice that this particular ring belonged to Joe Namath, as you will note his name engraved on the right side of the ring.
Super Bowl V: Baltimore Colts 16 - Dallas Cowboys 13
Another interesting Super Bowl ring from the early years of the Super Bowl would have to be the Baltimore Colts ring from Super Bowl V.
The Colts bounced back to win Super Bowl V after losing Super Bowl III to the New York Jets.
They fashioned a ring that incorporated their blue and white team colors and found a way to work in their horseshoe logo as well.
While I prefer the Super Bowl ring version of the Indianapolis Colts to this one, it is still a very nice ring.
Notice the way that the stones are attached to the horseshoe with four little screws or rivets. There also appears to be a ring at the top of the middle of the stone, so in effect you have a ring on top of a ring.
Super Bowl VI: Dallas Cowboys 24 - Miami Dolphins 3
The ring from Super Bowl VI represents the Cowboys very first Super Bowl victory.
The blue star in the middle of the ring is obviously in reference to their team logo, while the one diamond in the middle of the star represents the first Super Bowl trophy.
What I found to be interesting about this ring is that the Cowboys wanted anybody who saw it to know that they were World Champions, first and foremost.
The World Champions part is at least twice as big, if not three times as big as the team name, Dallas Cowboys. Is that how they do it in Big D?
Super Bowl XI: Oakland Raiders 32 - Minnesota Vikings 14
This was the ring from the Oakland Raiders first Super Bowl victory.
This ring has a clean, classic look and the gold lettering of Oakland Raiders and of World Champions stands out nicely against the black background.
The single diamond football in the middle looks very sharp, which also signifies their first championship.
Super Bowl XIII: Pittsburgh Steelers 35 - Dallas Cowboys 31
I like the way the Steelers worked their third Super Bowl ring into the three diamonds with each diamond surrounded by the team logo.
Rings from this time period have a common theme. If you look at the World Champion Pittsburgh Steelers, the lettering looks like it could have been done like when you carve your name into a tree trunk.
The diamonds design in this ring are quite catchy. Nicely done.
Super Bowl XVII: Washington Redskins 27 - Miami Dolphins 17
I much prefer this Redskins Super Bowl ring to the effort made for Super Bowl XXVI ring.
The burgundy touch all along the edges of the diamond-filled football is great and that background highlights the ring with a unique color pattern.
The only part of this ring that I am not overly crazy about is how much space was devoted to "1982" on the ring. Dividing 1982 up into the four corners seems to give it too much importance to the overall ring.
Super Bowl XXIX: San Francisco 49ers 49 - San Diego Chargers 26
This is the fifth and most recent Super Bowl ring for the 49ers franchise. As such, you will note the five Super Bowl diamond trophies planted in the middle of the ring. Plenty of bling with this Super Bowl ring.
I also like the gold and black on the outside edges of the ring, as the gold goes well towards the 49ers team colors. Classy looking ring.
Super Bowl XXXII: Denver Broncos 31 - Green Bay Packers 24
This Super Bowl ring represents the first Super Bowl trophy for the Denver Broncos franchise and they came up with a far better ring in this effort then they did in the following Super Bowl.
This ring offers a much better image of the Broncos logo and has much better attention to detail. Far superior effort.
Wonder if the same person designed this and the following one or if it was two different people. My guess is that it was two different people.
Super Bowl XXXV: Baltimore Ravens 34 - New York Giants 7
While on the surface I applaud the effort by the designer to incorporate the Raven logo and the team color, the effort here seems to fall short.
There is something about the Ravens design that seems to get lost in the shuffle and I just can't pinpoint what it is.
Maybe it has to do with the diamonds on the beak as well as outside of the Raven that makes everything blend together in a weird manner.
Really like the color purple and it is a shame that the overall ring doesn't look sharper than it does.
Super Bowl XL: Pittsburgh Steelers 21 - Seattle Seahawks 10
There is a lot of stuff going on with this ring.
Not only do you have the Steelers trying to incorporate their three-color team logo from their helmets into the ring, but you also have the five Super Bowl trophy diamonds, equaling their five Super Bowl rings.
In addition, you have the detailed work of each year for the earlier four Super Bowl trophies in roman numerals.
If that isn't enough, on the right hand side you will see the final score spelled out, which includes the name of the losing team "Seahawks" which I don't recall seeing on any other Super Bowl ring.
There is tremendous detail on this ring but the use of the three different colored stones was much better in the ring from Super Bowl XLIII which is why this one is ranked lower.
Super Bowl XXX: Dallas Cowboys 27 - Pittsburgh Steelers 17
Of the five Cowboys Super Bowl rings, this one is my second-favorite.
I like the way that the Cowboys divided up their star logo into five different sections to signify the fifth Super Bowl championship.
The Cowboys also added the five footballs around the star logo to depict their fifth Super Bowl crown.
The ring I liked better incorporated the team colors better, which is why I have this ring lower in the ranking, but I do like this ring quite well.
Super Bowl XXV: New York Giants 20 - Buffalo Bills 19
For a classic Super Bowl game, the Giants came up with a reasonably classic Super Bowl ring.
I like the Giants blue background behind the two diamond rings, signifying the second Super Bowl victory for the Giants organization.
The biggest problem I have with this ring is the design of the year.
You can't see the 19 part very well in this picture on the left hand edge, but you can see the 90 part on the right hand side.
That 90 look is hideous and reminds of Salvador Dali, if you can appreciate my interpretation.
Not a terrible ring by any means but it would have been ranked higher if they had done a better job with the 1990 issue.
Super Bowl XVI: San Francisco 49ers 26 - Cincinnati Bengals 21
Out of the five total Super Bowl rings created for the San Francisco 49ers, none of them use both team colors of the gold combined with red.
Maybe someday they will go there but it hasn't happened yet.
Of the five rings created so far, it is the ring from Super Bowl XVI that is my favorite one for the 49ers organization.
There is something about the design of the diamond pattern in this ring that has a mesmerizing affect.
I would imagine that this ring could give off a different vibe to different people. Some may think of those flash cards where you have to say the first thing that comes into your mind. Others might react by saying that it is psychedelic.
Since my father was a Mason, I am reminded of the Masonic logo in the middle of the ring. Another possibility is that I reacted to this ring due to all the games of "Bejeweled" I played with my daughter.
This ring represents the first Super Bowl trophy for the 49ers team, hence the one bigger diamond in the middle of the ring.
Super Bowl XVIII: Los Angeles Raiders 38 - Washington Redskins 9
The Raiders franchise has three Super Bowl trophies, and of their three rings, this one is my favorite.
Much like the Chicago Bears ring from Super Bowl XX, this ring has a very clean and classic look to it. The three Super Bowl rings are translated into the three diamonds in the middle of the ring.
The ring is not too busy, but still has enough bling appeal to catch anybody's eye. I really like the look of this ring.
Super Bowl XXXVIII: New England Patriots 32 - Carolina Panthers 29
Another classy looking Super Bowl ring crafted by the New England Patriots.
I like the use of incorporating the Patriots team colors of red and blue onto the Patriots logo in the middle of the ring.
As this was the second Super Bowl championship for the Patriots, the two Super Bowl trophies are predominantly figured in the middle of the ring as well.
The outside borders of the ring with "World Champions" highlighted in black is perhaps the best design of the World Champions part of any Super Bowl ring.
There is very little fault to find with this ring except for the fact that it belongs to the Patriots, with obvious apologies to Patriots fans everywhere.
Super Bowl XXII: Washington Redskins 42 - Denver Broncos 10
Of the three Super Bowl rings of the Washington Redskins, this one is my favorite.
The ability to introduce the Redskins team color of burgundy into the top and bottom edges surrounding the football made of diamonds in the middle is why it is my favorite.
I also like the added touch of the two Lombardi trophies on the outer edges of the ring signifying the second Super Bowl trophy in the Redskins franchise history.
Finally, the way the ring announces that this is a Washington Redskins ring and that they were world champions in 1987 is very clearly seen, there is no mystery or "Where's Waldo?" discovery needed.
Super Bowl XXVII: Dallas Cowboys 52 - Buffalo Bills 17
Out of the five Super Bowl rings of the Dallas Cowboys franchise, this is my favorite ring by far.
The design has a clean look, not overly busy, and fully highlights the Dallas Cowboys star logo.
I also like the detailed work in the background of the star logo with the added touch of the outer edges by highlighting the Cowboys team color that metallic silver-blue hue.
Super Bowl XXXIX: New England Patriots 24 - Philadelphia Eagles 21
This Super Bowl is loaded with diamonds but it is the contrast of the blue and red Patriots colors in the middle of the ring that draws you to the Patriots logo that makes this ring stand out so much.
There is also plenty of attention to detail with the three Super Bowl trophies marking the third time that the Patriots have needed to create a special ring.
Of the three Patriots rings, this is my favorite overall design by far.
Super Bowl XX: Chicago Bears 46 - New England Patriots 10
The Chicago Bears only have one Super Bowl ring but to me it a classic look.
Far less bling than you will see on the next slide but impressive just the same.
It has a very clean look and enough diamonds in combination with the black outer edge that gives the ring an interesting look. Not too busy.
Super Bowl XLIV: New Orleans Saints 31 - Indianapolis Colts 17
The New Orleans Saints only Super Bowl ring is a classic look.
The team designed the ring around their Fleur-de-lis design and it really jumps right off the ring.
It appears that there are a ton of diamonds on this ring, so the bling factor has to be going through the roof.
With that being said, I still like the overall look and design to this ring.
Super Bowl XLI: Indianapolis Colts 29 - Chicago Bears 17
This is another Super Bowl that makes effective use of color to make the entire look of the ring stand out.
The use of the Colts horseshoe insignia and that the horseshoe is nailed into the ring is another nice touch and is one of the fine details that led me to rank this ring as high as I did.
Super Bowl XLV: Green Bay Packers 31 - Pittsburgh Steelers 25
This ring is special due to the color scheme. The green background highlights the Green Bay Packers "G logo" diamonds and it gives the entire look of the ring a more classic style.
The "G" in the middle of the ring is raised significantly above the rest of the ring.
You can get different views of this ring by clicking on the link here.
Super Bowl XLIII: Pittsburgh Steelers 27 - Arizona Cardinals 23
This Super Bowl ring is interesting to me for a number of reasons.
I like that the Steelers incorporated their three-color helmet design into the heart of the ring.
I think the black background on the side of the ring with the gold on the middle and outside edges is a very sharp look.
The raised letters on the top and the raised diamonds on the top of the ring (from the side view) suggests that if you ever got hit by one of these rings in your face at a bar fight, it would be very easy to prove that you were hit by a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
For the record, I am not endorsing anyone to get hit with a Super Bowl ring in the face, but you already knew that, right?
Super Bowl XXI: New York Giants 39 - Denver Broncos 20
There is something special about this ring that speaks to me personally. Maybe it is because blue is one of my favorite colors.
The blue background makes the ring jump off the page when it is compared to the rings of the Super Bowls immediately before and after this one.
I much prefer the Giants Super Bowl XXI ring to the one they selected for Super Bowl XXV.
While the Chicago Bears had a nice design for their Super Bowl XX ring, the Giants ring appears to be much more vibrant.
The blue background truly showcases the Super Bowl trophy in the middle of the ring. Classic, clean look.