Even if they didn't suit up for the Allen (Texas) High football team, every student at the school can now own a commemorative state championship ring for the low, low price of $299. Then, you'd have an easier chance than Matt Saracen convincing college girls you played for a back-to-back Texas state title team.
The rings aren't too dissimilar from the ones the Eagles received, according to TexasHSFootball.com, which first reported the story (h/t Dallas Morning News), and the school's decision to open up sales of the rings to just about anyone who wants one has irked plent of folks in the community.
Take this tweet from Allen junior offensive lineman Cody Wheeler in response to @texashsfootball.
@texashsfootball from a players standpoint, its taking the value out of it. Only few can call themselves champions.— Cody Wheeler (@BigWheels69_) February 12, 2014
Likewise, many Texas high school football programs oppose the idea of giving rings to non-players.
@texashsfootball was a big fuss about playoff move ups getting rings at Katy in 2012. But ANYONE at the school?— Katy Football (@Katyfootball) February 12, 2014
.@texashsfootball slap in the face to all the kids and coaches whose blood, sweat, and tears went into EARNING those rings.— Chad Johnson (@CoachChadJ) February 12, 2014
@texashsfootball Agree 100%. Its an insult to the players and coaches.— John G. Bronkhorst (@coachbronk) February 12, 2014
Hey, Allen has to pay for that $60 million football stadium somehow, right?