... As opposed to NOT getting a ring?
Some players opt to go for big bucks in free agency, some (usually those who have been around longer) opt to go to a team that looks poised to make a Super Bowl run. And yes, there's a select few that get both the big bucks and land on a team poised to make a run...
I've heard reports that one of the things that made New Orleans an attractive place for Sharper was that he felt he could finally get a ring with this team as opposed to trying to get a bigger pay day with a team that wasn't going anywhere...
So yea, he chose to take a shot at getting a ring by playing for a team he thought could make a run this year. He could have chose that a ring wasn't as important and then tried to get a bigger pay day with a team that didn't look to be as ready to make a run -- like maybe Oakland.
The Pats won the SB in 2005.
One might use the word "winner" to describe Saints fullback Heath Evans, formerly of the New England Patriots.
But the 6-foot, 250-pound rock of a man is quick to put that description in context in light of the Patriots' 17-14 upset loss to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII.
"I got there in '05, " he said Saturday between minicamp workouts at the team's training facility in Metairie. "I don't have a ring. I'm part of that illustrious 18-1 team.
"I have a taste in my mouth that's bitter, and I crave success more than anybody in this locker room. Losing the Super Bowl like we did is tough. Being 18-1, I'll never live that down."
I think everyone wants to get a ring on some level... But, it's usually those veteran players who have been around a while that you hear "going with a team to get a shot at a ring".Meh. Makes sense but I would imagine everybody's primary incentive towards playing would be to win a ring... or at least in the eye of the public.
Apparently he doesn't...
Pats won Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005, for the 2004 season... Heath got there a season too late.