Super Bowl TrophyThu, 18 Sep 2008 00:42
Super Bowl Trophy
Each year, many people go to the designated stadium where the Super Bowl game is being held. As football fans grow in number, so do the popularity of the most prestigious NFL game: the Super Bowl. Those who can't watch the two best football teams of the season live in action are content to just watch the game on television. In fact, millions of Americans tune in to the television broadcast of the Super Bowl and the Super Bowl Sunday can even be considered as a de facto national holiday in the United States. This is the day when football enthusiasts eagerly await the competition and are excited to know which of the two competing teams are going to get the Super Bowl Trophy, now known as the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
What is the Super Bowl trophy?
The Super Bowl trophy is given to the team that wins the NFL championship game: the Super Bowl. Originally called the "World Championship Game Trophy, this trophy is now referred to as the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named after the head coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers, who won the first two Super Bowls. It was in 1970 that the name of the trophy was changed, after Lombardi's death. The Vince Lombardi Trophy was officially presented for the first time in Super Bowl V. The trophy was won by the Baltimore Colts for having defeated the Dallas Cowboys. Usually, the winning team can keep their trophy at their own facility, but the trophy won by the Baltimore Colts during the Super Bowl V was retained by the city of Baltimore, Maryland.
What does the Super Bowl trophy look like?
In 1967, Tiffany & Co. former vice president Oscar Riedner made a sketch for the design of the Super Bowl trophy and showed it to Pete Rozelle, who was then the commissioner of the NFL. Since then, the Super Bowl trophy has been handcrafted by Tiffany & Co. in Parsippany, New Jersey. The trophy weighs seven pounds and is 23 inches tall. It takes four months and 72 hours for the trophy to be finished. It is made completely out of sterling silver and the artists that construct the Vince Lombardi Trophy specialize in chasing, polishing, hand engraving, silversmithing, and spinning. The trophy has a stand with three concave sides. On top of the stand is a regulation-sized football that is in kicking position. Engraved on the trophy are the words "Vince Lombardi Trophy," the roman numerals corresponding to that year's Super Bowl, and the logo of the NFL. Details such as the winning team's name and score are engraved after the presentation of the trophy.
How is the Super Bowl trophy presented to the winner?
The NFL commissioner usually presents the trophy to the winning team once the game is over. Starting Super Bowl XXX, which was held in 1996, the Super Bowl trophy was presented on the field to the owner of the winning team. Previously, it was in the locker room of the winning team that the Super Bowl trophy was presented. After the Super Bowl trophy has been awarded, it is sent back to Tiffany & Co. so that the name of the winning team, the date, and the final score of the Super Bowl can be engraved on the trophy.