When you’re conjuring up stylish athletes in bling, soccer stars, racecar phenoms and basketball powerhouses likely come to mind. But, don’t discount football’s finest: The NFL pros have just as much style and swagger as their peers in other sports. Before donning their team colors at kickoff, the pre-game stadium arrivals are prime time for making a sartorial impression—and natural diamond jewelry is just the way to express their personal style. Red carpet appearances and social media cameos are also opportune times to flex some serious drip.
With the eagerly awaited start of football season, we take a closer look at the players—from seasoned vets to youngblood—with the best taste in natural diamond jewelry. This well-heeled crew subscribes to the “more is more” school of thought, layering classics and fresh statement designs alike for a distinct aesthetic. Think of the below as a masterclass on how to wear diamond jewelry like a baller.
Odell Beckham Jr.
Odell Beckham Jr. may just be returning to the field again after a year off, but his unique style never took a break. The new Baltimore Ravens wide receiver attended this summer’s Instagram-famous annual Hamptons White Party sporting a head-turning mixed fancy cut natural diamond lariat by Gabriel the Jeweler. The stunner is far from his greatest hits though— OBJ is rarely seen without his trademark drip. From his curated bracelet stack and luxe timepieces to one-of-a-kind necklaces and even diamond grills, he’s in a league of his own.
Beckham Jr.’s Met Gala appearance last year saw him in a dramatic green hooded ensemble, made all the more compelling by the heavy duty diamond necklaces (once again by Gabriel the Jeweler) and Chrome Hearts hand chain. Another iconic moment? To warm up for the Super Bowl game in 2022, OBJ rocked custom cleats encrusted with 1,494 individually set natural diamonds, a collaborative effort between The Shoe Surgeon and Jason of Beverly Hills, a jeweler the footballer frequents. His team clinched the championship title, which begs the question: Could those be his lucky charm?
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes led the Kansas City Chiefs to Super Bowl LVII victory this February while snagging the coveted MVP honor—and of course, the ultimate pièce de résistance of sports bling: the championship ring (his second). Studded with 629 natural diamonds and 35 natural rubies, it’s quite the shiny prize.
Off duty, Mahomes plays it safe, opting for classics like diamond curb link chains, tennis necklaces and pavé ID bracelets, with an occasional glimpse of his diamond-accented Cartier Juste en Clou bracelet. The pro’s style is ever-evolving as he finds his fashion footing, and we can’t wait to see what that looks like.
With Stefon Diggs’s collection of over-the-top diamond pendants like a pavé dog bone and gotta-see-it-to-believe-it Starbucks logo (both customized by Al the Jeweler of Labelle Jewelry), the Buffalo Bills wide receiver certainly doesn’t shy away from statement jewelry or eye-catching game day fits.
A self-professed fashion fan since an early age, Diggs is leaning into his interest this year with attendance at two big back-to-back industry events. At the Met Gala this past May, he donned an estate pearl and diamond cluster brooch from Briony Raymond on his tweed Tommy Hilfiger suit. Weeks later at Paris Fashion Week, he proved his range with an impressive series of designer street style looks finished with layers of natural diamond jewelry. As he told Voguewhen they tagged along on the trip, Diggs is fine-tuning his style into something more elevated and “eclectic, yet clean.”
Some may say Tyrod Taylor is an underrated player (and we’ll leave that to the sports pundits), but no one will doubt that the man has serious style. The New York Giants quarterback has an effortless way of dressing, serving looks centered on impeccably tailored separates, occasional pops of bold color, and cool yet elevated staples (his own luxury streetwear line Diallo launched earlier this year).
And as someone who appreciates the finer things, he understands how natural diamond jewelry can pull everything together. Often spotted in diamond studs and a duo (or trio) of tennis necklaces, Taylor builds upon them by layering other glittering diamond designs and sometimes unexpected touches of pearl alongside them.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Ceedee Lamb is a relative amateur when it comes to this best-dressed list and certainly one to watch. Known for his agility and precision in the game, he flexes his skills off the field, too. Neiman Marcus featured the player in their new fall campaign, with his charming smile upstaged only by the wrist stacks and bold diamond hardware around his neck.
There was no shortage of eye-catching looks either when Lamb attended his first Paris Fashion Week with his stylist London Wilmot this summer. His go-to diamond ball chains and an iced-out black and white pavé diamond watch featured prominently. Earlier this year at the 12th Annual NFL Honors, he showed off his flashy wrist, which included a pavé mariner link bracelet and diamond crosses.
Isaiah Simmons shares a stylist with Ceedee Lamb, which explains the sharp designer looks, but the newly-traded New York Giants linebacker’s flair for diamond jewelry is all his own. Though his jersey is different now, he still pays homage to his former number by way of a chunky diamond pavé “9” pendant (perhaps some “19” bling is in the works…). Simmons also favors diamond line necklaces and ball chains with his Gucci and Givenchy wares.
Even when he’s warming up, Justin Jefferson isn’t without his diamonds. The Minnesota Vikings wide receiver is known for accessorizing his activewear with various diamond chains. But, that’s pretty tame when comparing it to his more extravagant jewels.
When accepting his ESPY Award this year for Best Play, Jefferson styled two oversized sparkling Cuban chains peeking out of his blush pink tux. Elsewhere, his notable sparklers include diamond grills, a fully pavéd jet pendant (a nod to his nickname), and bejeweled gloves, all bespoke ice by Leo Frost. His love for diamonds is exhibited from the stadium to the streets, and who doesn’t love a man who commits?