A Winning Tradition: Little-Known Facts about the Iconic Vince Lombardi Trophy

23. January 2013 13:40 by Clayton Smith in Football   //  Tags: , , , ,   //   Comments ()

Not much is the same since the first Super Bowl was played more than 46 years ago. The game has certainly evolved; offenses are more complicated, and the game itself has become a spectacle around the globe. Yet amid all the changes since the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl I, there is something that has remained the same - each winner has received the now-iconic Vince Lombardi Trophy.

The origins of the Lombardi Trophy date back to the 1967 season, when then-NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle met with representatives from Tiffany and Co. to discuss crafting the trophy for the upcoming first Super Bowl. The result was the classic statue - which was rumored to be sketched out on a napkin during lunch - and Tiffany's has crafted the trophy ever since. 

While it's known as the Lombardi Trophy today, that hasn't always been the case. After all, it would have been weird handing Vince Lombardi a trophy named after himself when he won the first two Super Bowls! It was originally known simply as the world championship trophy, but after Lombardi passed away in 1970, it was renamed in his honor.

The Lombardi Trophy is certainly a worthy prize for the Super Bowl champion. Made entirely of sterling silver, the 22-inch statue features a regulation-size football in the kicking position and weighs nearly seven pounds. According to the NFL, each trophy is worth an estimated $25,000. Given the value, and importance, of the Lombardi Trophy, Tiffany's goes to great lengths to ensure its security.

Each trophy is constructed in Parsippany, New Jersey, where it takes about four months to be completed. Then, once it is finished, it's put in the trusted hands of Brink's, a world-renowned security company. Once it arrives at its final destination (this year in New Orleans) it is put under lock and key until it's time to be presented at the end of the game. 

While each sport has its own unique trophy for league champion, few are quite like the Vince Lombardi Trophy. This year should be particularly interesting, because the San Francisco 49ers have the chance to add the sixth trophy to their collection. That would tie them with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most in NFL history. Will they do it? Find out when the Super Bowl kicks off on February 3! (And if you want to see it in person…the NFL Ticket Exchange can get you there!)


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