The Super Bowl champion Saints received their championship rings at a ceremony Wednesday night in downtown New Orleans.
Players, coaches, executives and other team staff entered the historic Roosevelt Hotel on a red carpet for the private ceremony, to the cheers of fans behind barricades. Even a number of players who have left the team since the end of last season — including DE Charles Grant, LB Scott Fujita and RB Mike Bell — participated in the ceremony.
The centerpiece of the team's yellow-gold Super Bowl ring is the fleur-de-lis - the symbol of the Saints and the city - composed of several dozen diamonds on top. Around the perimeter of the ring is 44 diamonds, commemorating Super Bowl XLIV. There are also eight diamonds on each side of the fleur-de-lis, totaling 16, the number of games the Saints won last season, including the postseason.
On one side of the ring is the final score of the game (Saints 31, Colts 17) as well as the date and location of the game. On the other side is a carved image of the Louisiana Superdome, the French Quarter's St. Louis Cathedral, a scene of the team's championship parade and the first several notes of the song "When the Saints Go Marching In."
The underside of the ring contains the team's mottoes from last season: Be Special; Finish Strong; and Smell Greatness.
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