‘It’s the nicest thing that I own’: Edmonton Eskimos receive Grey Cup rings

Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly shows off his 2015 Grey Cup ring Friday, May 27, 2016. Brad Gowan, Global News

They won the 2015 Grey Cup and now they have the rings to prove it. The Edmonton Eskimos received their Grey Cup rings at a ceremony Friday evening.

Quarterback Mike Reilly said the ring is an amazing, classy and perfect representation of what the past football season meant to him.

“It’s something that I will wear with incredible pride and I’m excited to show it to the people in Edmonton because I know that they want to get a look at it. Just as we were not disappointed, they won’t be disappointed when they see it,” Reilly said.

“It’s the nicest thing that I own.”

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Packaged in individual boxes, the Eskimos waited until every member of the team had theirs so they could unveil their rings together.

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“When we got to open up the box and see a symbol of all that hard work and to see how much time and effort and energy, and probably money as well, went into designing this ring, it really captures everything that went into the season,” Reilly said.

“That was pretty special because we do things together. We win as a team, we lose as a team.”

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The words “once an Eskimo, always an Eskimo” are engraved on the inside of the ring. Commonwealth Stadium is also depicted with the Edmonton cityscape in the background.

“I’ve seen a lot of Edmonton Eskimo Grey Cup rings but this one’s the top of the class in my opinion. It was designed perfectly and we’re all super excited about it,” Reilly said.

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While Reilly admitted he likely won’t wear his ring too often because he doesn’t want anything to happen to it, every time he puts it on he will be reminded of the hard work the team put in this season.

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“There was a lot of blood, sweat and tears literally that went into all of that.”

And while it was a great night to celebrate, Reilly said receiving the rings also puts an end to the 2015 CFL season. Now it’s time for the Eskimos to get to work to defend their turf in 2016.

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