Through the ringer

Stamps QB Henry Burris teared up after being presented with his Grey Cup ring. (Sun Media/Jim Wells)

Stamps QB Henry Burris teared up after being presented with his Grey Cup ring. (Sun Media/Jim Wells)

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:47 AM ET

Who knew a ring could bring tears to a grown man's eyes?

But when Henry Burris received his 2008 Grey Cup ring Saturday night at a special team dinner, the quarterback couldn't help but cry.

"The rush hit me," said the Grey Cup MVP. "When I saw the ring, I thought about the past. (Wife) Nicole's eyes were watering up. Mine were watering up. I'm a man, so I had to hold onto it.

"For all we've been through, I just let it go.

"When you see this ring, and think of all the highs and lows to reach this part -- that's why I get emotional about it."

For Burris, this ring isn't the only one he owns, but it's one he actually may wear from time to time.

As a backup on the 1998 championship Stamps, Burris felt he didn't deserve to show off the wares of a title win he didn't play a huge part in.

The 34-year-old has changed his feeling now after starting and finishing the 22-14 win over the Montreal Alouettes.

"I will wear both of them," Burris said. "Now that I have this one, it completes it.

"I was part of the team, but now I was an integral part. It represents a beginning and where I am right now in terms of being a player.

"I won't wear them all the time. It will be to big events, but I can't wait to share it with the fans."

The Stamps didn't go cheap on the mementos. Each one is composed of 109 two-karat diamonds and 14 1.5-karat rubies on about 60 grams of gold.

It would take six days to make each one, and the value is estimated at $16,500.

"It's way bigger than I thought it was going to be," said defensive end Mike Labinjo. "It stands out and makes a statement. It's one of a kind."

Burris had input into the design, which is quite understated despite the sheer magnitude of the ring.

On the front is a silver Stamps horse across a diamond Grey Cup. One side reads 'Grey Cup champions 2008' atop a model of the Olympic Stadium, where the game was played. Below that is the score, 22-14.

The other side is different for each as it features the recipient's last name with a football in the middle, and position and number on the bottom.

Inside, there is an inscription from coach John Hufnagel's pre-game speech, 'Men, we have them right where we want them.'

There are six diamonds on each side to represent the Stamps winning their sixth Grey Cup in franchise history.

"What's fun about this ring is it tells stories," said Grey Cup most outstanding Canadian Sandro DeAngelis.

"It's the most amazing tangible object I have outside of a family member.

"It's the stuff dreams are made of. You grow up dreaming about a day like this. (At the dinner), we all just sat there and giggled like school children. It lasted for hours.

"To finally get something like this and be able to pass it onto my kids is something special. I couldn't sleep last night because it was such an amazing experience. It was almost like Grey Cup night."


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