Here's why Bill Belichick was wearing 10 huge rings at the Patriots' ring party

After the Patriots unveiled their Super Bowl rings during a party at Robert Kraft's house on Friday, there were a lot of people out there who had the same question: Why does Bill Belichick have so many rings?

If you look closely at the pictures that the team released on Friday, you may have noticed that Belichick was wearing a total of 10 rings. Actually, the rings are huge, so you don't even have to look that closely at the pictures. 

If you missed the pictures from Friday's event, here's a look at Belichick showing off his bling. 

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It's a miracle of science that Belichick can even hold either of his handa up with all of those rings on. 

If someone decides to make another "Lord of the Rings" movie, I won't even watch it unless it stars Belichick. 

If you're wondering where Belichick got his rings from, let's take a look. 

First, let's start with the obvious: The Patriots coach has five rings for winning five Super Bowls. Under Belichick's watch, the Patriots have won Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX and LI. 

Two of the other rings are AFC Championship rings that Belichick and the Patriots were given for making it to the Super Bowl, but not winning the game. When a team loses the Super Bowl, they're not given a "Super Bowl Losers" ring, instead, they're given a conference title ring. 

Thanks to Eli Manning and the Giants, Belichick didn't get to take home a Super Bowl ring after Super Bowl XLII or Super Bowl XLVI, so instead he got two conference title rings. 

On a somewhat related note, the entire plot of "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" revolves around a stolen AFC title ring. They need to make a sequel with Belichick. Between that and the "Lord of the Rings" sequel, Belichick clearly is going to be a movie star once he's done coaching. 

Anyway, if you're counting along, that's seven rings for Belichick as a head coach. The other three rings came from Belichick's days as an assistant. Back in 1996, Belichick received an AFC Championship ring for serving as a defensive backs coach on a Patriots team that lost 35-21 to the Packers in Super Bowl XXXI. That's eight rings. 

The other two rings came from Belichick's tenure as a defensive coordinator for the Giants. During his time in New York (1985-90), Belichick and the Giants won two Super Bowls (XXI, XXV). 

That's 10 rings: Seven Super Bowl rings and three AFC title rings. 

If you're wondering why he'd wear his AFC title rings around with his Super Bowl rings, well, this is Belichick we're talking about, so there's obviously a solid explanation. 

I'm starting to think he takes this "No days off" thing pretty seriously. 

By the way, let's hope Belichick has insurance for those rings, because they're probably not cheap to replace, especially the ring he got for Super Bowl LI, which has 283 diamonds. Normally, I'd say 283 diamonds is a bit excessive, but when you're celebrating a 28-3 comeback, it makes perfect sense. 

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John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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