The Entertaining Reasons Why Married Athletes Put A Ring On It

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Prince William has taken flack for eschewing a wedding ring, but there's a group of dudes who could probably get out of wearing theirs by reason of occupational hazard: pro athletes. Nonetheless, some choose to put a ring on it. And their reasons are pretty amusing.

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ESPN has an exhaustive list of athletes who wear their rings on the field of play. Most of them are football players, since baseball and hockey stars have a harder time playing while ring-clad. Hockey players face special penalties for fighting with anything on their hands, including rings, but Radek Martinek says, "I fight with my right hand so I won't get fined or suspended if someone were to get cut."

Most ringed-up players say they wear the bling out of respect for their wives, but a few have more entertaining rationales. Says Houston Texans kicker Neil Rackers, "quite frankly, I'm a strapping young lad, so I have to ward off the chicks any way I can." And for Rian Lindell, kicker for the Buffalo Bills, the ring is a superstition thing: "I wore it one game and maybe I forgot to take it off and had a good game, so I keep wearing it." He's also stayed married to his wife for as long as he's been wearing it, so maybe it's good luck in that department too. Sadly, though, wearing a ring doesn't guarantee that you're a stand-up guy. One of the most prominent ring-wearing players in the NFL is none other than Ben Roethlisberger.

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My husband doesn't wear his ring. In his spare time he works on cars and guitars and stuff, and never wears any kind of jewelry. He stopped wearing a watch as a teenager after getting it caught in some equipment and nearly losing his hand.

I can't blame him, there are lots of times I don't wear mine. I don't wear it to work out or when I race my car— it slips around a lot and can be really distracting. Hell, right now I'm just sitting at my desk at work and it's sitting on the desk in front of my keyboard. I still haven't gotten used to wearing the two rings together (even though it's been seven months).