Championship ring not always the thing in sports

Your favorite NFL team is trailing by five points with two minutes remaining in the Super Bowl and has possession of the football at its own 20.

It’s your choice. You can select any current pro quarterback to bark instructions in the huddle and hopefully lead the team downfield for the winning points.

Never fear, Joe Flacco is here.

Um, but wait, you say. Seems you had been leaning toward either Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. Even images of Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers popped into your head during the 30 seconds spent mulling it over.

Ridiculous or not, here’s the popular argument. Flacco by being on a Super Bowl-winning team now has a locker in the big boy steam room. He’s elite. One of the best. A guy you want making the truly difficult decisions and throws.

All because of a piece of jewelry 52 other players helped him earn.

Exactly at what point did our society become so ring-obsessed that it mentally bold-faces the accomplishments of those who do while blurring feats of those who don’t?

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