The ‘King of Bling’ behind the viral Miami Hurricanes ‘Turnover Chain’

Anthony John Machado, better known as AJ, got the call from Miami cornerbacks coach Mike Rumph roughly two weeks before the Hurricanes’ opener.

Rumph, the 2002 first-round pick out of UM, had purchased from AJ’s Jewelry during his six-year professional career. He’s not alone. Dubbed the “King of Bling,” Machado claims more than 700 active NFL players among his clientele.

Put on speaker phone while fellow ex-Hurricane Vince Wilfork was in Machado’s Cutler Bay office for an unrelated purchase, Rumph told Machado that defensive coordinator Manny Diaz was looking for a prop to incentivize turnovers forced by his players — similar to what Alabama does with its wrestling belt — and, of course, “to bring the swag back.”

The initial thought was a rope chain that players would get to wear after forcing a turnover.

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