SEATTLE - By now most have surely seen the Super Bowl rings the Seattle Seahawks received last week. Perhaps you even wished you could have a ring of your own.
Well, Hawks fan C.J. Johnson is a step ahead of you. Johnson, 47, has designed a Super Bowl ring specifically for the 12th Man, and is offering it to Seahawks fans as a keepsake after Seattle's historic victory in Super Bowl XLVIII.
"My goal was to have a solid souvenir, not a cheap, $40 to $50 replica," Johnson told seattlepi.com. "I wanted something that was actually solid. In 20 years I want someone to be able to pick it up and say, 'Oh, this is cool!'"
The "Ring for the 12s," as it's called, is not a replica of the Seahawks' own Super Bowl ring, unveiled last week; it has a unique design. In fact, Johnson began designing it the week of the Super Bowl, and has been asking for funding on Kickstarter for about three weeks.
Johnson said the idea came about when he and his daughter were discussing the Seahawks between the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 19 and the Super Bowl on Feb. 2. They talked about how the Seahawks organization would get rings if Seattle won the Super Bowl and asked, "How come we don't get a ring?"
"Seattle fans are just crazy. They're passionate and I love it," said Johnson, who grew up in the Bay Area among supposedly rabid Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers fans. "We have our own name. It's different. The 12th Man is truly a part of the team."
The Seahawks' actual Super Bowl ring includes many nods to the 12th Man, including three "12 flags and 12 feather features (similar to the feathers on Seattle's uniforms) along the band. Johnson said he was excited to see so many shout-outs to the fans on Seattle's championship ring.
Yet Johnson's ring is made entirely for the 12s. It features a big "12 on the face surrounded by 188 cubic zirconia stones and framed by the words "world champions." The stones are arranged in a framework that was designed to look like a birds-eye view of CenturyLink Field, the Seahawks' home stadium.
One side of the ring honors Seahawks fans' Guinness World Record for loudest crowd at an outdoor sports stadium, set during Seattle's Dec. 2 game against the New Orleans Saints. The other side of the ring features the final score of Super Bowl XLVIII, the date of the game and the location.
Finally, inscribed on the inside of the ring are the scores of all three 2013 playoff games (including the Super Bowl) and the words, "I'm in" - a rallying cry for the Seahawks and for the 12th Man during Seattle's Super Bowl season. The ring is packaged inside a crystal case (etched with "12," of course) along with a certificate of authenticity.
As of Tuesday evening, 29 people had pledged money on Kickstarter toward the ring project. Seahawks fans can reserve a 12 ring for $179 or more on Kickstarter, where Johnson needs about $2,200 to reach his goal of $7,000 by the end of this coming weekend. The rings are slated to sell for $249 each on the project's website, RingForThe12s.com.
The "Ring for the 12s" is being made by a Chinese jewelry company and can be produced in high quantities. Johnson said the rings, which are fashioned of solid brass plated in 18-carat white gold, likely won't be ready for shipping until August.