It took Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips roughly 40 years to earn his first Super Bowl ring. There was just a slight problem with the one Phillips was finally awarded, though: It was inscribed with the wrong name.
Phillips broke into the NFL in 1976 as the Houston Oilers’ linebacker coach, and though his career has included many highs, he wasn’t part of a Super Bowl winning team until the Broncos beat the Panthers in February.
So it was understandable that Phillips seemed overjoyed Sunday night, when the Broncos received their Super Bowl rings in a ceremony at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos’ 5.05-carrot rings included 194 diamonds and 18 sapphires.
Just a little while longer and Phillips will finally own the correctly inscribed Super Bowl ring he’s been chasing for four decades.