By Mike Bires
According to Ryan Clark, Tuesday was like Christmas in June.
That’s what he said after receiving a stunning piece of jewelry commemorating the Pittsburgh Steelers’ sixth Super Bowl championship.
“You have a bunch of grown men acting like little kids,” said Clark, the Steelers’ starting free safety. “It’s kind of like Christmas. You beg your parents, you know what you’re going to get, but you never know how excited you’re going to be until you open up that box.”
Early Tuesday evening at a private ceremony in the East Club Lounge at Heinz Field, members of the 2008 roster reveled as they got their rings symbolic of their 27-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII.
The ring features six large diamonds that surround the Steelers’ logo. That logo is formed with yellow, red and blue stones and is surrounded by 32 small diamonds.
Other small diamonds symbolize the Steelers’ seven AFC championships and the 14 division titles in franchise history.
One side of the ring features six Lombardi Trophies rising from Heinz Field and the score of Super Bowl XLIII. The other side of the rings features each player’s name and number.
In all, the “Black & Gold bling” ring has 63 diamonds.
“They’re jaw dropping,” said punter Daniel Sepulveda, who received a ring even though he spent the 2008 season on injured reserve with a knee injury.
Steelers chairman Dan Rooney and team president Art Rooney II sought out opinions from four players when designing the SB 43 rings: quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, wide receiver Hines Ward, and linebacker James Harrison and James Farrior.
Roethlisberger and a handful of other Steelers left Heinz Field shortly before 8 p.m. and drove to Mellon Arena to watch the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Detroit Red Wings in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.
On the day the Steelers received their Super Bowl rings, they didn’t practice as scheduled.
Coach Mike Tomlin did not put the team through its 12th of 14 allowed organized team activities. Instead, the Steelers went bowling, a tradition Tomlin started last year.
The 13th and 14th OTAs are scheduled for today and Thursday.
Once the Steelers finish up their final OTA, they’ll be off until July 31 when they report to training camp.
Fans who aren’t season-ticket holders will soon get a chance to buy tickets for Steelers;’ home games.
A limited number of individual game tickets will be available through Ticketmaster beginning on Saturday, June 20, at 10:00 a.m. This marks the third consecutive season fans will be able to purchase tickets through Ticketmaster.
Fans may buy up to four tickets total for the regular season. There is no limit for the two preseason home games. Most tickets cost $59 or $62. However, some single seats will be available at prices ranging from $59 to $240.
Tickets will be sold either on www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster’s new toll free sales line 1-800-745-3000. Tickets will not be sold at Ticketmaster Outlets.