Raiders legendary wide receiver Tim Brown will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this August. That's when he will take to the podium in Canton to receive his bust and yellow jacket. The party isn't over there. As Brown told me in an exclusive interview Thursday, he will be receiving his Hall of Fame ring during the team's week eight game in Oakland.
"I'll be getting my ring on November 1st," Brown said. "Not quick enough, but that's the days that the Raiders have said, so I'll be looking forward to that. Not only will I be getting my ring, but the other Hall of Famers for the Raiders will be getting their rings, so we're all excited about that. Should be a great, great day and looking forward to Kay Jewelers and the Hall of Fame with the Ring of Excellence. It should be an incredible day."
This is the third year Kay Jewelers have provided the Hall of Fame rings for the players. But for the first time, in addition to presenting the Ring of Excellence to the Class of 2015, all previous Hall of Famers will receive this ring in addition to their original Hall of Fame ring.
All the rings will be presented in a special ceremony at half time of the game.
Brown will be joined in the 2015 Hall of Fame class by former Raiders executive Ron Wolf. In total the Raiders have 24 inductees in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Other members are Ron Mix, Jim Otto, George Blanda, Willie Brown, Gene Upshaw, Fred Biletnikoff, Art Shell, Ted Hendricks, Al Davis, Mike Haynes, Eric Dickerson, Howie Long, Ronnie Lott, Dave Casper, Marcus Allen, James Lofton, Bob Brown, John Madden, Rod Woodson, Jerry Rice, Warren Sapp, and Ray Guy.
Here is a better look at the Ring of Excellence which the players will be receiving.
Details about the ring:
Set in 14K gold with a total diamond weight of 1 ¾ carats. The outer diamonds create a "stadium" effect surrounding blue gem stone around the football-shaped diamond center. A likeness of the Enshrinee's bust, along with his position and years in the NFL appear on one side while his name, the Pro Football Hall of Fame logo and his enshrinement class is included on the other. Additionally, a special engraving appears on the inside of each ring.