The Lombardi Trophy, awarded to the team that wins the Super Bowl each year, is one of the most iconic championship awards in North America. Getting its name from Vince Lombardi, The trophy is simple in design, depicting a regulation size football atop a three sided stand. This year is special because it will be the 50th time the trophy is awarded
Vince Lombardi coached the Green Bay Packers in their back-to-back victories in the first two Super Bowls, at that time the award was known as the AFL-NFL Championship trophy. In 1971 the trophy was rechristened as the Vince Lombardi trophy, following the untimely passing of Coach Lombardi, when he lost his battle with cancer.
The first time the trophy was awarded under its present name was to the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl V. Strangely, this is the only Super Bowl Trophy not owned by the original team that won it. Baltimore retained the rights to the first official Lombardi Trophy following an extended legal battle with the Colts when the franchise moved to Indianapolis.
The Lombardi Trophy stands 22 inches high and weighs about 7 pounds. The trophy is crafted entirely of Sterling Silver and is manufactured by Tiffany & Co. Each year, the award is hand-crafted in a painstaking process, two are produced, in case something happens to the original trophy during the celebrations. The trophy awarded to the winning team is not the final version of the award, however. The Lombardi Trophy is sent back to the factory where it was produced following the game to have the final score, date, location and the two teams that played inscribed on it. The trophy then makes its way back to the team. The owner decides where to house the award. Famously, Jerry Jones, owner of The Dallas Cowboys keeps all five of the franchise’s trophies in his office.
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