Patriots receive AFC title rings

In a piece posted on USAToday.com, NFL reporter Jarrett Bell writes on how the Patriots received their 2011 AFC Championship rings from owner Robert Kraft on Wednesday.

"It didn't end the way we all hoped, but winning an AFC Championship Game at home in front of 70,000 fans is a great accomplishment and something that I will never forget," Kraft told the team, according to Bell.

Bell described the details of the ring:

The 14-karat, white gold ring was designed to capture the significance of the season, as the Patriots logo on the top of the ring is emblazoned with seven marquise diamonds that represent the seven AFC titles won by the franchise. The logo is surrounded by 32 round diamonds (representing the NFL's 32 teams) that are enhanced with special cut garnet and blue sapphire stones.

In all, each ring contains 73 diamonds for a total of 1.51 carats, the number representing the 73 players who appeared in at least one game last season.

The left side of the ring features a blue sapphire stone with the initials "MHK" for Myra, who died last July due to cancer.

Patriots defensive back Sterling Moore, on his Twitter account, shared some images.