After winning the Super Bowl, NFL cheerleaders receive rings or don’t.
Those who follow the Super Bowl may know that players on the winning team and other stakeholders receive Super Bowl Rings every year. Are the cheerleaders included?
There is no doubt that they play a vital role in creating an exciting atmosphere that gets the crowd going.
Do Cheerleaders Get Super Bowl Rings?
It depends on the policy of the team’s owner, but cheerleaders in the National Football League (NFL) occasionally receive Super Bowl rings. In some cases, they might not receive a ring, but instead receive another piece of jewelry, such as a giant pendant.
In order to understand how the system works, it’s important to know who pays for the rings.
For the team that wins the Super Bowl, the NFL awards between $5,000 and $7,000 per ring. Because the owners like to go big, they usually spend between $30,000 and $50,000 per ring, covering the additional cost themselves.
It is possible to purchase more than 150 rings, but the jeweler (usually Jostens or Tiffany and Co.) will charge them an additional charge.
It is up to the owner to decide who gets these rings. Sometimes they give rings to the cheerleaders, as well – but it’s up to them.
Notable Times Cheerleaders Did (or Didn’t) Get Rings
Super Bowl rings aren’t exactly common for NFL cheerleaders, but they’ve been awarded a few times. There may be other ways for team owners to reward their cheerleaders if Super Bowl rings are not an option. Cheerleaders have even come up with their own ways to commemorate the championship – because they deserve to be celebrated as well!
2020 Kansas City Chiefs Included Cheerleaders & Employees
In honor of their big win against the San Francisco 49ers, the Kansas City Chiefs gave Super Bowl rings to all of the team’s cheerleaders and full-time employees. In the end, it’s all about teamwork!
2016 Denver Broncos: Rings for Everyone
Owners of the Denver Broncos gave their cheerleaders official Super Bowl rings when they won Super Bowl 50 in 2016. Apart from the cheerleaders, the trainers and the team’s beat reporter also received rings.
2015 New England Patriots Awarded Championship Pendant Necklaces
Cheerleaders for the Patriots didn’t get rings, but something pretty awesome instead: diamond-encrusted pendants with all the bling and symbols that the official Super Bowl ring has – as well as a message that says “We are all Patriots.”
2013 Baltimore Ravens: Cheerleaders Buy Their Own
The Ravens cheerleaders were not as lucky as the Broncos cheerleaders when the Ravens won Super Bowl 47. A Ravens cheerleader named Alyssa explained (in the last question of an interview with Esquire) that they wouldn’t likely get rings (only players and front office), but the cheerleaders would buy them to commemorate the occasion.
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2010 New Orleans Saints: Rings for a Good Cause
While the Saints cheerleaders did not receive rings for winning Super Bowl 44 in 2010, the owner did some noble things with them:
- In 2010, the Saints gave an official ring to former special teams player Steve Gleason, who retired before the team won the Super Bowl. The team wanted to honor Gleason, who was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).
- In the same year, one of the team’s rings was raffled off to raise money to help those affected by the Gulf oil spill. A total of $1.4 million was raised for local charities through the sale of the ring.
Choosing Ring Recipients Isn’t an Easy Decision
The truth is, owners agonize over who should get rings because they know some people will inevitably be left out, and feelings may be hurt. There has to be a line drawn somewhere by every team, however. It’s not uncommon for NFL cheerleaders to wear Super Bowl bling, but sometimes they don’t. Whatever the owner decides, it’s up to them.