7 Super Bowl rings for a Coloradan

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If Super Bowl rings are a measurement of that success, then no one has seen more than Neal Dahlen. He is the proud owner of a record seven Super Bowl rings.

Dahlen earned five with the San Francisco 49ers. He was part of their staff and player personnel department for Super Bowl wins in 1982, 1985, 1989, 1990 and 1995.

"You don't win Super Bowls unless you've got great people. We had Bill Walsh and George Seifert who did a wonderful job," says Dahlen.

He would eventually leave the 49ers organization to become the director of player personnel with the Denver Broncos in 1996. Dahlen would win two more Super Bowl rings with the Broncos in 1998 and 1999.

"Again you mention great players; you have John Elway and Terrell Davis and Neal Smith. It was just a really good group and this is why you win," says Dahlen.

While the seven Super Bowl rings place Dahlen in the record books, he doesn't see them as anything more than a reminder of the people he worked with along the way.

"The thing about the Super Bowl win is really relationships to the people you worked with in the team and the organization and memories you have of the people," Dahlen said.

That is what the Super Bowl rings now mean to Dahlen who retired from professional football following the 2006 season.

If the Pittsburgh Steelers are able to beat the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV four members of their organization will join Dahlen with seven rings. The four are Dan Rooney, chairman emeritus of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Chuck Noll, former coach and team consultant, Bill Nunn, a scout and "Mean Joe" Greene, former player and assistant for player personnel.

Dahlen says whether the four members of the Steelers organization join him this year or not, eventually someone will.

"Everything gets broken, but it is just a matter of time. You don't know how long that will take," says Dahlen.

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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