Rings tell the tale

BOB MACKIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:45 AM ET

Oh lord, behold the rings!

That was the collective reaction when the B.C. Lions opened the wooden boxes containing their 2006 Grey Cup championship keepsakes on Sunday night.

The Lions closed the book on their fairytale fifth Grey Cup championship at Boulevard Casino's Red Robinson Theatre when owner David Braley presented diamond-studded rings worth $10,000 apiece.

"Team is about denying self," said head coach and general manager Wally Buono. "We had a tremendous group of guys that denied themselves for the betterment of the team. In actuality, the individual gets acknowledged."

The 10-carat, 60 gram gold rings are likely the grandest awarded to pro athletes in B.C. sports history. They were custom-made for each player with his name, position and jersey number and XV, representing the number of wins needed to claim the CFL championship. Inside the ring is inscribed "reason and purpose."


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