Monday, February 07, 2011

Vince Lombardi Trophy Goes Home to Green Bay

Congratulations to the Green Bay Packers, winners of Superbowl XLV and the Vince Lombardi Trophy!

The trophy was renamed in 1970 in memory of Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi after his untimely death at age 57 from colon cancer to commemorate his victories in the first two Super Bowls.

Since 1967, the trophy (shown here)  had been generally referred as the World Professional Football Championship trophy. Created by Tiffany & Co., it is valued at approximately $25,000 and is made entirely of sterling silver.

In 1997, the U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp in honor of Lombardi and three other legendary football coaches.

According to the Art of the Stamp website, "Early sketches for this stamp showed the legendary coach diagramming football plays for an unseen audience, but the artist and the art director soon agreed to highlight Lombardi’s winning reputation instead. The two 'number one' hand gestures signify victories by the Green Bay Packers in the first two Super Bowls."

According to an entry on Wikipedia, despite their lost in this year's Super Bowl match-up, the Pittsburgh Steelers hold the most Vince Lombardi Trophies, with six. Green Bay Packers are now tied with the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys with five Vince Lombardi Trophies apiece. The New York Giants, New England Patriots, Washington Redskins, and Oakland Raiders are all tied for third with three apiece.

For more on the Vince Lombardi Trophy, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM