The NFL is marking London-born Super Bowl winner Jay Ajayi’s homecoming this week with a pop-up exhibition at the Museum of London.
The star, who won the Super Bowl LII with the Philadeplphia Eagles, will miss participating in this weekend’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley as he continues to recover from an ACL injury.
But the player’s historic achievements will be celebrated at the museum with a display that includes a commemorative ring given to Ajayi by the Eagles' owners.
The ring, which is made of pure 10-karat white gold and is adorned with a total of 219 diamonds and 17 rare green sapphires, is a one-of-a-kind piece engraved with the player’s signature.
It will sit alongside other items including Ajayi’s Philadelphia Eagles jersey and photos from his childhood in London.
Ajayi, who was born in Homerton Hospital in East London and grew up in Manor House in Hackney, became one of the very few London-born NFL players to win the Super Bowl in February 2018 when his Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots 41-33.
On being honoured at the Museum of London, he said: “My roots are here in London. I still consider myself a Londoner, I’m a proud Arsenal fan and my favourite music is UK grime.
“To be recognised in this way by the Museum of London is a truly special moment for both myself and my family and something I’ll remember for the rest of my life. I am so proud.
“It’s a shame I won’t be able to get out onto the pitch at Wembley Stadium on Sunday and show London first-hand how we won the Super Bowl but I’ll definitely be there supporting my team!”.
Museum of London director Sharon Amen added,: “London has a great sporting history and has seen some of the greatest sporting moments in the world from the World Cup in 1966 to the Olympics in 2012.
“Jay is a proud Londoner who’s become an inspiring international star for his talent on the field and so we’re really excited to be able to show some of his personal objects including the quite fabulous Super Bowl ring.”
The display will run until 28th October, the day of the Jaguars-Eagles game.