BOSTON — President Donald Trump has a Super Bowl championship ring — just like Vladimir Putin.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft gave Trump the diamond-encrusted ring. The sitting president usually receives gifts from sports teams during celebratory White House visits — a personalized jersey is standard — but Kraft gave Trump a ring as well, Patriots spokesman Stacey James said Tuesday.
Kraft decided after the team’s April visit to have a ring made for Trump so he would have something special to display in his presidential library, the team said. The rings were distributed to Patriots players and staff in June; it was not clear when Trump got his.
The White House did not respond to requests for comment.
The NFL pays up to $5,000 apiece for 150 rings for its champion, with teams picking up anything over that. The rings, which commemorate the Patriots’ 34-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, each contain 283 diamonds, an apparent nod to the Pats’ comeback from a 28-3 deficit. The amount of diamonds is the most used in a Super Bowl ring and more than double what the Patriots had in their rings in 2004 and ’05, the team said. According to Josten’s, the ring manufacturer, it is the largest Super Bowl ring ever made — bigger than the Patriots’ 2015 rings that were valued at $36,500 apiece.
The ring goes not only to players and coaches but team staffers and others, including quarterback Tom Brady‘s…
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