ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- It was a brief run, but Coach Peters is out for the Denver Broncos and Coach Phillips is back, with the correct Super Bowl ring on his finger.
This past Sunday night, at a lavish ceremony to unveil the Broncos’ Super Bowl rings, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips opened a large box only to discover "Peters" on the side of his ring instead of his last name. But all is well -- and forgiven. Jostens, the company that made the diamond-encrusted rings -- with 212 diamonds in each ring -- has sent Phillips a new one that he has proudly shown on social media. The rings were given to players, coaches, some front-office executives and some others on the football staff.
Phillips doesn’t get to keep the ring with “Peters" on it, and he joked on Twitter that “Jostens wants me to send back Coach Peters Ring. He needs it."
Now I have 2! Thx Jostens for fixing the problem so quickly! pic.twitter.com/6Fjd7YUTgS— Wade Phillips (@sonofbum) June 16, 2016
The Broncos' assistant director of college scouting is named Adam Peters. His name was correctly displayed on the ring he received Sunday night.
Phillips said Monday that he was happy he'd receive a replacement as quickly as possible from Jostens. Phillips actually wore the ring with "Peters" on it to a team event earlier this week at the downtown stadium, and several fans posed for pictures with Phillips as he held up the ring. A Jostens representative was at the ceremony Sunday night and apologized to Phillips almost immediately after he discovered the mistake.
Phillips directed the league's No. 1 defense last season, and the Broncos powered through the playoffs and went on to win Super Bowl 50. In his long career, last season was the first time Phillips had been part of a Super Bowl win.
The Broncos finished the season ranked No. 1 in most of the league's major defensive categories, including overall defense, pass defense, sacks and third-down defense.
The rings the Broncos presented to the team were believed to be the biggest of the Super Bowl era. Each ring -- with 5.05 total carats’ worth of diamonds -- has the number "50" in the middle with "World" across the top of the face of the ring and "Champions" across the bottom. The rings also feature three Lombardi trophies for the franchise's three Super Bowl wins, plus a Broncos logo in the middle.
One side of each ring says, "This one's for Pat," in honor of team owner Pat Bowlen, and the other side bears the recipient's name.