CHARLOTTE – On Wednesday, the Panthers received their NFC Championship rings and officially closed the book on a historic 2015 season.
The rings were handed out during a team meeting led by head coach Ron Rivera, who spoke about what was accomplished and looked ahead to what will be required to win the ultimate prize.
"This ring is about recognizing the accomplishments from last year," Rivera said. "This team won 17 games, 14 consecutive, went undefeated at home, took home a third consecutive NFC South title and won an NFC Championship, but we didn't close the deal. Now we move on. The guys have been working hard during the offseason program and we know nothing is promised to us. Our first regular season game is in 92 days and we have a lot of work to do before then. You don't start from where you finish, you start from the beginning."
Said tight end and team captain Greg Olsen: "Obviously, this is not the ring we wanted, but it does bring some closure to last season. We accomplished some great things last year – another division title, an NFC Championship – but we fell short of our ultimate goal. We've turned the page and moved forward. We can't get complacent. We are going to get everyone's best shot and we are working hard every day knowing that."
The ring was created by Jostens, a custom jewelry producer based in Minneapolis. Here are details of the Panthers' ring:
"Crafted in 10-karat white gold, the ring features a custom-cut aquamarine stone and 77 diamonds with a total weight of 1.35 carats. One side of the ring features the player's name above a 3D depiction of Bank of America Stadium. The other side features the Panthers' motto 'KEEP POUNDING' above an image of the NFC Championship Trophy which is accented with two-tone 10-karat yellow gold to match the Super Bowl 50 logo. The inside of the ring features the Super Bowl 50 logo set alongside the words 'CAROLINA PANTHERS 10-0 AT HOME, 15-1 SEASON.'"
View photos of Panthers players as they celebrate winning the 2015 NFC Championship.