HIGHLAND, UT: Shortly after the World Champion
Baltimore Ravens were presented with their Super Bowl rings in a private
ceremony at PSINet Stadium in Baltimore, Ravens President David Modell
announced that one of only two non-Ravens associate, Art Berg, would be
awarded the same honor. Berg, quadriplegic from a car accident in 1983,
spoke to the Ravens players and coaches during training camp in the
summer of 2000. His speech, titled "Take Control of Your Destiny" played
a role in the team's storybook season and dominating style of play.
Modell wrote, "[Art] should take special pride that his tone setting
remarks last year, his continued participation in the journey and the
inclusion of his message at the stadium played a special role."
The Super Bowl ring weighs 37 pennyweight, which is
over three times heavier than the average men's ring, and contains about
200 diamonds, the most for a Super Bowl ring produced by Jostens, which
has crafted rings for 23 of the 35 Super Bowl champions. Cast in
14-karat yellow gold, the top of the ring is shaped to symbolize PSINet
Stadium and is surrounded at the base by 40 diamonds. Inside the base,
the Ravens' helmet logo is the dominant image and is mounted upon an
amethyst (purple) stone, with a white-gold diamond beak and a ruby eye.
The backdrop is a football field made in white gold.
The sides of the ring included significant symbols from the
championship season. The right side features the player's name and
number, the Ravens' shield and the inscription, "Set the Standard," a
phrase from the franchise's mission statement. The left panel has the
SuperBowl XXXV logo, the final score (Ravens 34, Giants 7) and the Vince
Lombardi Trophy rising out of PSINet.
Both sides contain the inscription "INVICTUS," the theme of a
presentation given to the team during last year's training camp by
world-class wheelchair athlete Art Berg. The team featured Berg's
inspiration message through the season both in the stadium and locker
room. During a three-game losing streak in October, Head Coach Brian
Billick reminded players of Berg's inspirational speech and continuing
commitment to the team. Modell writes Berg, "I am proud to inform you
that the Baltimore Ravens are awarding you a Super Bowl ring as a
thank-you for your commitment to this organization. Wear it with pride."