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Roland Williams And His Championship Rings

September 12, 2014

If you ever bump into Roland Williams he will probably be wearing a few championship rings; and he’ll let you try them on:

Roland Williams and his Super Bowl and AFC Championship Rings

Roland Williams may be a retired NFL tight end, but he is keeping busy and doing great things.

Born in upstate New York in 1975, he played for Syracuse before joining the NFL. He played in the NFL for 8 seasons and enjoyed great success on the field and off.

Roland was selected in the 1998 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. He was a multi-year starter, and was there when the team won XXXIV in the thrilling Rams victory over the Tennessee Titans. You can see his Jostens Super Bowl ring in the picture above.

Following that Super Bowl victory, Roland played three seasons with the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders won the American Football Conference Championship and was awarded the black ring you see in the picture.

In 2003, Roland played one season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He then returned to play another season with the Oakland Raiders and then the subsequent season with the St. Louis Rams before a career ending knee injury sidelined him in 2006.

Roland was known throughout his career as a premier blocking tight end in the NFL, it’s Roland’s personality that has labeled him as one of the most positive and energetic athletes in all of professional sports.

In 1999, Roland founded Youth Lifeline America. It’s a charity that partners with athletes, entertainers and executives to harness the powerful influence of sports and entertainment to provide free educational training to at-risk youth across the nation.

With all the problems we hear about with the NFL and it’s player’s, it’s refreshing to know that Roland has received many awards for his charitable efforts including the prestigious NFL Unsung Hero Award, 2-time Oakland Raiders Man of the Year Award, the Press Radio Club Pro Athlete of the Year Award and he was a multi-year finalist for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

In July 2014, Williams started raising funds for a new program that would help support 500 boys in his hometown of Rochester, New York.

Since retiring from football, Roland has become a sports analyst and has appeared on media outlets including CBS Sports Network, ESPN, MTV, NBC, NBC Sports Network, Nickelodeon, NFL Network, CNBC, Fox, Fox Sports Net, CBS, ABC and many other television, radio, online and print publications.

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The Amazing Story of the Player Who Got His Super Bowl Ring Back

May 20, 2014

Sadly, many players, for many different reasons, sell their championship rings.   Here’s an uplifting story of one player who purchased his Super Bowl ring back.

St. Louis Rams Super Bowl XXXIV Championship Ring

I’m sure this former football player would like his identify to remain anonymous, so let’s just refer to him as John Doe.

After football, John started his own business; and like so many other small business owners, experienced the joy of prosperous years and the woe of challenging years.

When you’re a small business owner, sometimes funds dry up. It doesn’t mean you’re going out of business, but getting money to keep your business going can be quite a challenge.

In 2008 John need money for his business and made a difficult decision: He sold me his Super Bowl XXXIV Rams player’s ring (see photos above). The transaction was a sale, not a loan and there was no discussion about returning the ring to John or about John being able to buy the ring back.

About a year or two later, John’s business had improved so he reached out and inquired if he could buy the ring back. I was surprised to receive his offer, as I had never had a former championship ring owner contact me to make this request. I told John, I was sorry, but I was trying to acquire one of each ring from every super bowl. I explained that I do hear of rings for sale all the time so I told him if I ever had a chance to purchase a teammate’s ring, I would try to accommodate his request.

As the years went on I would hear from John one in a while, always inquiring if I would sell him back his ring. I was not actively looking for another Super Bowl XXXIV St. Louis Rams ring, but promised to keep my eyes open and if one became available I would try to make his request a reality.

In 2013, one of John’s teammates decided to sell his ring and I was able to purchase it. As promised I contacted John and he was thrilled that he would be able to buy his ring back.

Although I had owned the ring for five years, I never wore the ring. It was kept in a bank vault and was in the same great condition as the day John shipped it to me.

John does not live hear me, so I just assumed that he would send the money and I would ship him back his ring and presentation box. But John saw things differently, and I will never forget what he said to me: John told me that the day he gets his ring back would be a very special day for him and that it was important he receive it in person and important to meet me.

John’s words really hit me and it was at that point I realized how much it meant to John to get his Super Bowl ring back. He worked so hard for this ring and was so proud of it.

Not only was the ring an award for hard work on and off the football field, but it was now a reminder of how hard he worked in his business. The ring had became a symbol of the success and rewards of sticking through the hard times.

Meeting John was a special day. I was so happy for him and he was thrilled to get his super bowl ring back. We sat and talked for a while. Even though I’m a huge football fan, we spoke very little about the game and his playing career. We spoke about our careers in the world of business, our children and our lives.

While football deservedly so has become the biggest sport in the U.S., John and I chatted about things more important to us than football, the subjects that mattered most.

I wish John continued success, he is a great example of how we all should stay focused and never give up!

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Tony La Russa Shows off His World Series Rings

May 17, 2014

This photo was recently tweeted by La Russa and shows the three World Series rings he earned as a major league manager.

Tony LaRussa and his St. Louis Cardinals and Oakland A's rings

Forgive Tony La Russa if he is showing off a little of success.   If anyone can boast, he can:

•La Russa ranks third in major league history in victories (2,728), trailing only Connie Mack (3,731) and John McGraw (2,763).

•He managed 5,097 games, joining Mack as the second manager or coach in American sports history to reach 5,000 games.

•In 2004, he became the sixth manager in history to win pennants with both American and National League teams

•In 2006 he became the first manager ever to win multiple pennants in both leagues and the second manager to win the World Series in both leagues.

•La Russa has also joined Mack as the second manager to win World Series titles in three decades and to win pennants in four.

•He is one of only four managers to be named Manager of the Year in both of baseball’s major leagues.

•La Russa is the winningest manager in St. Louis Cardinals history, with 1,408 wins and 1,182 losses (.544) and 1 tie as manager of the club since 1996.

•On December 9, 2013, he was unanimously elected to the Hall of Fame by the 16-member Veterans Committee.   The induction ceremony will be held at Cooperstown, New York, on July 27, 2014.

Less than one month later, on August 16, 2014, he will also be inducted into the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum.

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Scott Rovak shows off his St. Louis Cardinals rings

April 21, 2014

Scott recently tweeted pictures of his Cardinals Championship rings:

St. Louis Cardinals World Series and Championship Rings

Photographing professionally over 30 years, Scott Rovak is a photographer for the St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Rams and USA Today Sports.

You can follow Scott on twitter Scott Rovak@scottrovak.

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St. Louis Cardinals Receive Their 2013 National League Championship Rings.

April 11, 2014

Although they lost to the Boston Red Sox in the 2013 World Series, tradition dictates the runner up team receives a league championship ring.

St. Louis Cardinals 2013 National League Championship Ring

In a fitting tribute, the Cardinals honored and remembered Stan Musial, their hall of fame player and icon who passed away in 2013.

Each of the St. Louis Cardinals 2013 National League Championship Rings are handcrafted in 14-karat white gold and weighs approximately 47 grams. The rings, made by Jostens, include red-colored stones in the shape of the St. Louis logo, which are surrounded by a plethora of diamonds. The rings feature 43 round VVS diamonds and 34-custom-cut rubies. On one side of the ring, it’s noted that the Cardinals have won an NL-record 19 pennants. The franchise also has won an NL-best 11 World Series titles, most recently in 2006 and 2011.

Manager Mike Matheny said his fingers are not suited for wearing rings after a long career behind the plate, but that he probably would make an exception this time around.

“I’m going to be wearing this one,” he said. “My fingers have been busted up pretty bad, so they don’t hold rings very well. But I’m going to make sure that this one stays on me.”

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