The Patriots received their Super Bowl rings during a ceremony Friday night at the home of team owner Robert Kraft.
New England rallied from a 28-3 deficit to beat the Falcons in Super Bowl 51 on Feb. 5. It’s no coincidence their championship rings, made by Josten, contain a total of 283 diamonds (nice touch, Patriots).
“I got a standing ovation. In fact, they said it was the biggest standing ovation since Peyton Manning had won the Super Bowl and they said it was equal,” Trump said. “I got a standing ovation. It lasted for a long period of time. … I know when I do good speeches. I know when I do bad speeches. That speech was a total home run. They loved it.”
Manning has been a regular fixture among Republican politicians since hanging up his cleats. He was a Jeb Bush supporter during the presidential primaries, and has made donations to several Republican politicians over the years.
Manning denied rumors that he was going to run for Senate in Tennessee earlier this year. He’s popular (outside of New England) with bi-partisan appeal and a lots of money, the main ingredients for a successful career in politics. However, endorsing Jeb Bush, golfing with Trump … he’s going to have to get better about choosing who to associate himself with. Tom Brady chose to skip his team’s visit to the White House this year, maybe the two-time Super Bowl winner can borrow a page from the five-time champion’s playbook.
Trump has even compared himself to Manning in the past. After his Cheap Dodgers Jerseys bizarre speech in front of the CIA in January (the one where he got mad about the size of the crowd at the inauguration and bemoaned his own persecution), he told ABC News that the reaction was comparable to Manning’s Cheap College Basketball Jerseys Super Bowl win.