The Big Game Trophy: More than just your average Football Trophy!
The big is right around the corner and the world of football is gearing up to see the dual between San Francisco and Kansas City in Florida’s own Hard Rock Stadium. The team who comes out victorious from this duel will be the proud recipient of the Vince Lombardi Trophy and crowned champs of the Big Game.
This football trophy stands at 22 inches in height. A long stand takes up most of the trophy’s body; here the words “Vince Lombardi Trophy” are engraved as well as the year in roman numerals. To finish the award’s visual aesthetic, a silver football tops off the award, making it instantly recognizable.
Though American football has been played since 1869, the first Super Bowl trophy was awarded nearly 100 hundred years later in 1967 when Green Bay, led by head coach Vince Lombardi, routed the Kansas City in Super Bowl I. Lombardi also won 2nd Big Game the following year as well against Oakland.
Humble Beginnings: How the Game Trophy Got its Name
This football trophy is named in honor of Vince Lombardi after losing his battle with cancer in late 1970 at the age of 57. Previously called the “World Professional Football Championship Trophy,” it was changed to the coach’s name during Game V the following year.
In 1966, NFL (National Football League) commissioner Pete Rozelle reach out to American luxury jewelry and specialty company Tiffany & Co. to design a football trophy for the champions of the league. Vice President of Tiffany & Co. Oscar Riedner took it upon himself to design the award but knew nothing of football.
Riedner bought a football later that day from FAO Schwarz to get a better idea of the sport. The following morning, over a bowl of corn flakes, he cut apart the cereal box, making a stand and placing the football on top. Later during lunch with Rozelle, the design of the trophy was sketched onto a napkin by Riedner and presented to him.
Every year, this award is the end goal of teams in the NFL. They play in the blistering heat, rain, snow, and in front of home-crowds filled cut-throat fanatics cheering their teams on, while wishing death on the opposition. Just like the rough and rugged game of football, the trophy needs to be as grandiose as the game’s impact on American culture.
We will soon have a new crop of champs, and out of all the plays, cheering, tailgates, and super bowl commercials, the Vince Lombardy Trophy stands at the center of all hype and glory.