No opening night ring ceremony for Super Bowl champion Chiefs, per report
The Kansas City Chiefs will be looking to defend their crown in the 2020 NFL season. Unfortunately, it appears they will have to wait to be able to flash their hardware.
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the Chiefs are determining a plan to to hand out the Super Bowl rings:
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the powers-that-be plan to meet soon to finalize plans for handing out the championship rings. However, there’s nothing definitive yet.
The report adds that a ring ceremony on opening night is certainly not in the works.
One thing that won’t happen, according to the source, is an opening-night handing out of the Super Bowl LIV hardware, with rings given to the players before the Week One game against the Texans.
Although teams usually distribute championship rings at some point during the offseason, the restrictions placed in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have eliminated any unnecessary contact outside of the game being played. As a result, players in Kansas City are still waiting to add the championship ring to their trophy case.
Fortunately, the Chiefs were able to avoid any significant turnover by maintaining some continuity with their roster. Among the notable players still on the team that may be missing out on the festivities are guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and running back Damien Williams after they opted out of playing this year due to the ongoing pandemic.
It will be interesting to see just how the team goes about picking a time and place to eventually hand out the rings.