ESPN.com has posted an annual personal favorite of mine, “The Story of the Rings,” highlighting a story from each of the 41 Super Bowl champions to date.
My personal favorite: “The Real Lord of the Rings,” about New England Patriots strength & conditioning coach Mike Woicik, who has 6 — count ’em, 6 — Super Bowl rings, 3 apiece from the two football dynasties of the last two decades, the 1990s Dallas Cowboys, and the New England Patriots of this debate.
Woicik, though, is less enamored with his accomplishments than anyone, and only opens his ring collection when he’s adding to it. Woicik doesn’t wear his rings, but says that, if he were to wear just one, it would be that improbable first ring from his Patriots years, one that almost no one expected the Pats to win.
Cowboys WR Michael Irvin called his team’s back-to-back championships from 1993 “the hardest thing to do in sports.” But the Cowboys’ feat (and the Patriots’, from the 2003-2004 seasons) may get bumped down a notch if New England can make it through a 19 game season Undefeated.
As you may have heard, the Patriots play the New York Giants in the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 3rd.