Apparently, gaudy jewelry rules and pro jocks love big rocks! Are these

things actually rings or sparkling branding irons? When it comes to

professional sports teams celebrating their championship year with

commemorative rings, the NFL is in a league of its own.

The 2009 Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers, the only team to win

the Super Bowl six times, recently received its self-designed

super-size championship ring at a ceremony held at the East Club Lounge

at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

The 2009 Super Bowl ring of the Pittsburgh Steelers is black and gold,

weighs 3.7 ounces, and has 63 diamonds on a black background. The 63

diamonds add up to a total of 3.61 carats. The ring contains six large

brilliant-cut diamonds to commemorate the team?s six Super Bowl-winning

seasons. Additionally, there are seven diamonds at the tips of the ring

for the team being conference champions seven times, and seven more to

incorporate the team?s 14 division titles into the design.

The face of the 14-karat gold ring contains three stones of red, blue,

and yellow that forms the Steelers's hypocycloid-shape logo. One side

of the ring notes the final score, 27-23, of the game. The other side

is personalized with the owner's name, the Steelers' helmet logo, the

NFL's logo, and the jersey number of the player. Super Bowl

championship rings are given to team members, coaches, owners, and key

staff members of the organization.

The ring for the winners of Super Bowl XLIII is so large it looks more

like a broach than a bracelet. It is nearly twice the size of the ring

the Steelers' received when they won the 2006 Super Bowl.