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Steve Atwater, Bill Cowher, Alan Faneca, Troy Polamalu & Donnie Shell to Receive HOF Ring of Excellence

Steve Atwater, Bill Cowher, Alan Faneca, Troy Polamalu & Donnie Shell to Receive HOF Ring of Excellence

10/13/2021
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The Pro Football Hall of Fame and Kay® Jewelers, the Official Provider of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence, will honor five Hall of Famers recently enshrined with the Centennial Class of 2020 or Class of 2021 at ceremonies taking place during Week 6 NFL matchups.

Fans at the Denver Broncos contest against the Las Vegas Raiders will see Centennial Class of 2020 Enshrinee STEVE ATWATER receive his Ring of Excellence during a pregame presentation. The game is slated to kickoff at 4:25 p.m. ET at Mile High Field. Hall of Fame Executive Producer & COO George Veras will present Atwater with his ring.

During the “Sunday Night Football” matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Seattle Seahawks, BILL COWHER, ALAN FANECA, TROY POLAMALU and DONNIE SHELL will receive their rings during a special halftime presentation. Hall of Fame President & CEO David Baker will be on hand for the ceremony at Heinz Field, which is set to kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET.

The Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence is one of three iconic symbols, along with the Hall of Fame Gold Jacket, created by Haggar, and the Bronzed Bust, that represent the elite status of being a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Each living Enshrinee received his Hall of Fame Gold Jacket and unveiled his Bronzed Bust during the 2021 Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls in early August.

All three representations of membership in sports’ most exclusive club will be displayed during special halftime presentations for the teams’ fans to pay tribute to these Hall of Famers. 

HALL OF FAME RING OF EXCELLENCE

The Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence is created by Kay® Jewelers. The spectacular Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence is set in 14K gold with a total diamond weight of 1.75 carats. However, it is much more than a beautiful piece of jewelry. Intricate details on the ring reflect the special significance of enshrinement.

  • The outer diamonds create a “stadium” effect surrounding the football-shaped diamond center.
  • The vibrant blue gemstone was selected both for appearance and meaning, as blue is often associated with confidence, power and integrity – all traits of these incredible legendary football icons.
  • Atwater’s, Cowher’s, Faneca’s, Polamalu’s and Shell’s Hall of Fame Rings of Excellence are customized to reflect their unique careers.
    • For Atwater, a likeness of his Bronzed Bust, along with “Safety” and “1989-1998” (his years in the NFL) appear on one side, while “Harris,” the Pro Football Hall of Fame logo and “Class of 2020” are included on the other.
    • For Cowher, a likeness of his Bronzed Bust, along with “Coach” and “1992-2006” (his years as coach of the Steelers) appear on one side, while “Cowher,” the Pro Football Hall of Fame logo and “Class of 2020” are included on the other.
    • For Faneca, a likeness of his Bronzed Bust, along with “Guard” and “1998-2010” (his years in the NFL) appear on one side, while “Faneca,” the Pro Football Hall of Fame logo and “Class of 2021” are included on the other.
    • For Polamalu, a likeness of his Bronzed Bust, along with “Safety” and “2003-2014” (his years in the NFL) appear on one side, while “Polamalu,” the Pro Football Hall of Fame logo and “Class of 2020” are included on the other.
    • For Shell, a likeness of his Bronzed Bust, along with “Safety” and “1974-1987” (his years in the NFL) appear on one side, while “Shell,” the Pro Football Hall of Fame logo and “Class of 2020” are included on the other.
  • Additionally, a special arbormark (or engraving) appears on the inside of each ring, which is their respective Enshrinee numbers: 327 for Atwater, 331 for Cowher, 347 for Faneca, 339 for Polamalu and 341 for Shell.
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