Guess who has just as many Super Bowl rings as Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, and Patrick Mahomes?
Try this for an answer: Russian President-for-Life, Vladimir Putin
True story which happened in 2005 – New England Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft does lots of business in Russia and one time he met Vlad "the Ring" Impaler. Kraft removed his own Super Bowl ring in order to show Putin. The premier looked at it, mumbled something in Russian, then stuck the ring in his pocket and quickly walked away, never to be seen again. Seriously, this really happened.
"I took out the ring and showed it to [Putin], and he put it on and he goes, 'I can kill someone with this ring,'" Kraft said via the New York Post. "I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out."
Afterward, Kraft was confused. He didn't know what to do. He wanted his ring back. So, a call was hastily arranged with someone high up in the Bush Administration.
"It would really be in the best interest of US-Russia relations if you meant to give the ring as a present," Kraft said he was told later on the White House call. "I really didn't [want to]. I had an emotional tie to the ring, it has my name on it. I don't want to see it on eBay. There was a pause on the other end of the line, and the voice repeated, 'It would really be in the best interest if you meant to give the ring as a present.'"
So, Putin got to keep the ring. Kraft's ring.
"I decided to give him the ring as a symbol of the respect and admiration that I have for the Russian people and the leadership of President Putin," Kraft's 2005 statement said.
After Sunday's thrashing of the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs 31-9, Tampa Bay's players now have their own championship rings. One guy named Tom Brady now has seven rings. Putin has some serious catching up to do.