Some Redblacks (but not others) receive Grey Cup rings

Six months after their Grey Cup win, the Ottawa Redblacks finally received their championship rings. Well, those still on the roster from last year’s championship anyways.

In a private ceremony that took place at the Canadian Museum of History, Ottawa’s stunning Grey Cup rings were finally revealed.

Designed by a committee of players that included Henry Burris, Jon Gott and Moton Hopkins, the rings feature 130 diamonds and 76 grams of 10-karat gold.

Like everything Redblacks, the iconic R that carries so much meaning in the nation’s capital is front and centre. One side of the ring features the player’s name, number and the phrase “We R Family”. The other, Parliament Hill’s Centre Block, the Grey Cup trophy, and the wooden veil that shades the South Side of TD Place.

Inside the ring, the scores of both Redblack playoff wins (over the Eskimos and Stampeders) are engraved, along with the Redblacks’ logo, the Grey Cup date, and a nod to Henry Burris’ MVP performance.

From all accounts it was a great evening, but the timing of the ceremony is a bit strange.

By waiting nearly six months after their November win to have the ceremony, numerous players were not able to be in attendance, including many who played large roles in securing Ottawa’s first championship win in 40 years. Not present were marque names like Henry Burris, Ernest Jackson, Abdul Kanneh and numerous other starters who’ve since moved on. Not to mention current free agents such as Jamill Smith.

While perhaps understandable that those players now on other CFL rosters weren’t present, not even bothering to invite those without a team is a little strange. Why not hold the ceremony long before the eve of training camps around the league to avoid a scheduling conflict?

Though it would have likely been an extra expense for OSEG, surely it would’ve been a justifiable cost to properly honour the first championship team in franchise history.

Regardless, with veterans set to hit the field on Sunday morning, the Redblacks organization must put last season fully behind them, and focus completely on earning the next ring.

Santino Filoso

Santino Filoso

Born and raised in the 613, Santino has written about the Redblacks since 2013. He is the only CFL writer currently living in Brazil (as far as we know.)
Santino Filoso
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Born and raised in the 613, Santino has written about the Redblacks since 2013. He is the only CFL writer currently living in Brazil (as far as we know.)

7 Comments on Some Redblacks (but not others) receive Grey Cup rings

  1. mrnehnehincognito // May 27, 2017 at 3:25 pm //

    “Thanks Hank”?? wow! egotist!! Kinda diminishes the concept of team doesn’t it

  2. mrnehnehincognito // May 27, 2017 at 3:56 pm //

    Why wasn’t Burris there? Is he mad about something as usual?

  3. The timing isn’t unusual as most teams generally receive their Grey Cup rings just before training camp the new season opens. That certainly doesn’t explain the lack of invite for players like Burris who aren’t with other teams and probably could have attended. One would think that the team would want as many players as possible who helped achieve the win and were available to be in attendance.

    • Jimmy Breslin // May 28, 2017 at 7:01 am //

      If Hank wasn’t invited why are his wife & kids there smiling happily ? one of his sons wearing the ring as he flashes it up for the camera. Another shot seems to show seven Quebec based players on the patio of the Canadian History Museum where the ceremony was held. That venue is across the river in Quebec. Pretty nice touch. Fine to criticize but maybe mention the good stuff too ? Photos readily available for viewing on the team’s Facebook page by the way.

  4. JimRobin // May 28, 2017 at 10:00 am //

    Hank had a prior commitment in Regina and couldn’t be there. His wife and two sons where there to represent him.

  5. mrnehnehincognito // May 28, 2017 at 10:38 am //

    Time to move on Ottawa. It gets serious starting today. Remember you got to face the real black and red machine back to back to start the season. You guys going to be up for it?

  6. CC Rider // June 2, 2017 at 3:42 pm //

    This was the best time to do it. I’m not even sure shy this is a question.

    do we remember why the Grey Cup parade was on a Tuesday right after the game? Players scatter to the winds almost immediately. And they don’t return until they have to, often no more than a day or two before training camp which is pretty much when this event was held.

    If they had done it the previous week, guys like Kanneh might not have even been in the country yet, let alone the city.

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