OXNARD, Calif. – The Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl ring is made of 10k white gold with 219 diamonds and 17 green sapphires. The team’s logo consists of 52 pave-set diamonds.
As difficult as it is for Dallas Cowboys fans to stomach, the ring is stunning.
Had things worked out differently, Blake Jarwin might have one of those Super Bowl rings in his possession. If not on his finger, certainly in a safety deposit box.
Last October, the Eagles wanted to sign Jarwin off the Cowboys’ practice squad to their active roster, guaranteeing him at least a three-week stay at a pay increase.
“It was interesting,” Jarwin said. “I came out of a meeting, my agent called and said Philadelphia wants to talk to you.”
The Eagles had Zach Ertz, Brent Celek and Trey Burton at the spot with Celek battling a rib injury that ultimately would not keep him out of a game. The Eagles wanted protection just in case. Jarwin was making $7,200 a week on the practice squad. He would have made $27,352 a week on the Eagles’ roster.
“We got Dallas on the phone immediately and they responded and say, ‘We’re going to keep you here,’” said Jarwin, who signed with the Cowboys last year as an undrafted free agent. “That was my No. 1 option.”
The Cowboys called up Jarwin to the active roster, balancing out the pay difference. He dressed for one game but did not catch a pass.
“The biggest thing you try to do is you try to convince him he has an opportunity here and the opportunity he has here is going to be better than the one he’s looking at,” coach Jason Garrett said. “And that’s happened for a long time with these practice squad situations where other teams are trying to poach your guys or we’re trying to go get guys off of other teams’ practice squads.
"At the end of the day, sometimes players will get caught up in what that money is. ‘Hey, they’re giving me a little more money here,’ or whatever. We really try to encourage them to pull back and say, ‘What’s the best place for me?’ And you want to make it competitive from a business standpoint. But I think Blake thought it was a good opportunity, I think he liked it here and he’s certainly taken advantage of his chances so far.”
“I poured blood and sweat and tears into this place,” Jarwin said. “I was thankful for the chance they gave me out of college. I wouldn’t change anything about it.”
Witten retired in May. Hanna retired earlier in the offseason. The Cowboys drafted Dalton Schultz in the fourth round and have Rico Gathers returning from a concussion that kept him out all of last season.
Even with the losses of Witten and Hanna, the Cowboys figure to run many two-tight end sets. So far in camp Jarwin has worked as the second tight end behind Swaim, receiving more snaps in his first handful of padded practices than he likely received all of last summer.
But what about that Super Bowl ring? Has anybody said anything to him?
“Everybody has, but I wouldn’t change a thing,” Jarwin said, “I’ve got a goal in mind and I’m going to keep working for that goal.”