It’s not easy to win a Super Bowl, let alone six, like Tom Brady has done. The quarterback is one of 12 NFL players, coaches, and executives with that many Super Bowl rings. You may think that’s a record but it’s not.
Two people — one who is very close to the Patriots quarterback — have more Super Bowl rings than Brady. One of these people, who you likely haven’t heard of, has seven. And a man with a household name has won eight Super Bowl rings. Here are their stories.
Neil Dahlen, seven Super Bowl rings
Before joining the league, the former front-office NFL executive spent 17 seasons coaching football at Hillsdale High School in San Mateo, California, according to the LA Times.
In 1979, Neil Dahlen began his NFL career with the 49ers as a part-time employee. Over time, he took on more responsibilities, before leaving the team in 1996. During his time in San Francisco, the team won five Super Bowls and Dahlen earned five rings.
The former coach left the 49ers to become the Broncos’ director of player personnel. Denver promoted Dahlen to general manager in 1999 and director of football in football administration in 2002. The Broncos won two Super Bowls during Dahlen’s tenure, giving him his sixth and seventh rings. He retired in 2003.
When asked about his favorite ring, Dahlen says it’s the last he won with the 49ers because “it looks best” to him. “It’s a beautiful ring with five Lombardi Trophies on it.” While he has a favorite, Dahlen says “they’re all nice.”
Bill Belichick, eight Super Bowl rings
Bill Belichick has coached the Patriots throughout Brady’s time with the team, so he obviously has the same six rings Brady does. This only makes up 75% of his Super Bowl ring collection. But the NFL icon had a career in the league long before he ever met Brady — when he earned his first two rings, giving him eight total.
Belichick served on the Giants’ coaching staff from 1979-90, eventually ascending to defensive coordinator in 1985. He earned his first ring in the 1986 season when the Giants beat the Broncos in Super Bowl XXI.
The coach’s second ring came in his final season with the Giants, with a 20-19 victory over the Bills in Super Bowl XXV. It took Belichick more than a decade — until the 2001 season — to get his third ring, with five more following that season.
Five others with six Super Bowl rings
Other than Brady, 11 people have six Super Bowl rings. Here are some of the most well-known:
Robert Kraft, New England Patriots
Robert Kraft has owned the Patriots since 1994. So he’s been a part of all six Super Bowl teams during New England’s 20-year dynasty.
Josh McDaniels, New England Patriots
Josh McDaniels has experienced two lengthy stints on the Patriots’ coaching staff, from 2001-08 and again since 2012. This tenure coincides with the team’s dynasty, giving McDaniel six rings.
“Mean” Joe Greene, Pittsburgh Steelers
From 1969-81, “Mean” Joe Greene was a member of the Steelers — his entire playing career. The Steelers won four Super Bowls during this period, giving Greene four rings. He won an additional two while serving as a special assistant for the team.
Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh Steelers
From 1969-91, Chuck Noll was the Steelers’ head coach. The Steelers won four Super Bowls during this time. Noll earned two additional rings while serving as a team consultant for Pittsburgh following his coaching career.
Dan Rooney and Art Rooney II, Pittsburgh Steelers
The Rooneys are longtime executives and owners of the Steelers. They’ve been with the club for all six Super Bowl victories.
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