TAMPA ― They say the Lombardi Trophy is for the owners. The championship parade — on a boat or with a GOAT — is for the fans. But the Super Bowl ring? Well, that’s for the players.
In the Bucs’ case, it’s also for the coaches, the front office and most members of the organization that helped bring a second Lombardi Trophy to Tampa Bay.
At a private ceremony held mostly outdoors Thursday night at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, the Bucs will receive their championship rings for winning Super Bowl 55.
A select group of players, including linebacker Lavonte David, had some input into the design of the ring.
But for the most part, the project landed on the desk of co-owner Darcie Glazer Kassewitz. Few will have actually seen the design until they open a box at the formal event.
“I had some input on it,” said David, who is entering his 10th season. “I’ve seen the final product of the ring already, but I didn’t get a chance to feel it and touch it. It’s going to be very beautiful. It’s exactly how we want it to be, and I’m thankful to the Glazers to allow us to have input on that. But as far as what I will wear? I don’t know. I might come dressy. I might come casual. For a moment like that, I might have to put on a suit.”
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