NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Like a little kid with a brand new toy, Eli Manning couldn’t wait.
“You’re up on stage getting the box,” Manning said Wednesday night, “and you wonder how quickly you can get off stage and open the box and get the ring on.”
Manning and his Giants teammates received their Super Bowl rings at Tiffany’s, and the jewelry was as impressive as the Giants’ run through the NFL playoffs last winter.
It was the second title in four years for the Giants, and the fourth overall in the Super Bowl era for the franchise. The new diamond-encrusted ring had Manning’s teammates thinking about a gold rush. More rings, more championships — defensive end Justin Tuck even broke out the “D” word.
“Our thing now is we want to be a dynasty,” Tuck said. “We want to make it a dynasty.”
Tuck, the leader of the Giants’ defense, wore both of his Super Bowl rings, the 2008 version almost dwarfed by the 2012 ring. He had one on each index finger as he held up the Super Bowl trophy.
“I think the second ring makes you that much more hungrier,” he said. “You get there the first time, you are in awe. You are like, ‘Oh God, this might not ever happen again.’ And then you win a second one and you are like, ‘Hey, maybe we can do something here.'”
Outspoken safety Antrel Rolle also had his sights set on filling out his hand with the league’s most precious bling.
“This is a great piece of hardware on our hand right now, but we can always have more rings,” Rolle said. “Just ask Michael Jordan.”
If this squad can pull off the repeat, a select group of Giants would be in line to make history — including Tuck and Manning.
Manning recounted a conversation between Tuck and the team’s co-owner: “Justin was talking to Mr. (John) Mara and he was saying no Giants player has three championships with the Giants.”
This ring features white gold and sapphires surrounding the NY logo. There are four Vince Lombardi Trophy replicas, too.
The inside of the ring is engraved with coach Tom Coughlin’s mantra from last season, “Finish,” and “All In,” another theme the team involved as it won its final two regular-season games to take the NFC East, then won four postseason games, including the Super Bowl over New England.
“It means everything to me,” said Coughlin. “The word finish in there really captures a lot of emotion for me. I think that says a lot.”
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