A Look Behind A Famous Custom Trophy: The Lombardi Trophy

Here in New England, we’ve been spoiled when it comes to professional sports. From hockey to football, basketball to baseball, New England teams have all had several moments in the spotlight. Because of the empire they’ve built, and the fan base that follows, the team at KJR Awards thought it would be fun to take a look behind the custom trophies that these teams strive to win. For this article, we’ll be looking at the NFL’s Vince Lombardi Trophy.


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The history

All custom trophies have a story that comes with them. For the Vince Lombardi Trophy, the story begins in 1966 when the NFL commissioner, Pete Rozelle, and Tiffany & Company’s vice president, Oscar Riedner, had lunch together. As the two dined, they discussed plans for a custom trophy that would be presented to the winning team of the NFL season. From a simple cocktail napkin sketch, the Vince Lombardi Trophy came to life.

Although Tiffany & Co produced the original trophy in New Jersey, several others have since been produced from different manufacturing facilities across the country. For example, the current trophy was created in 2017 at Tiffany & Company’s Cumberland, Rhode Island facility.


How the trophy got its name

Believe it or not, this trophy was not always called the Vince Lombardi Trophy. In fact, it was not until 1970 that the trophy’s name was changed from the “World Professional Football Championship” to the Lombardi Trophy. The change came in honor of the late Vince Lombardi.

Lombardi was the head coach for the Green Bay Packers for several years and then became the team general manager. From 1959 – 1969, Vince Lombardi led the team to win five Superbowl games. Beyond the Packers, Lombardi also has a history with the Washington Redskins and New York Giants.


Why it’s unique

One of the significant differences between the Lombardi Trophy and those of other sports leagues, it that a new trophy is made year each to be presented to the winning team. Made from sterling silver, the Lombardi Trophy has several distinct features.

  • Total weight: 7 pounds
  • Depicts a football in a kicking position which sits atop a three-sided stand
  • Each trophy is engraved with the following:
    •                Vince Lombardi Trophy
    •                Roman numerals of the current years Super bowl
    •                NFL shield


One the winning team has been reward the trophy, it will be taken back for only a short period of the time by the league. The trophy is sent back to Tiffany and Company to have the competing team’s names, date, location, and the final score engraved onto it as well. Each team member also receives smaller replicas of the original for their collections.


If you’re in the market for custom trophies, give the team at KJR Awards a call. Even if you’re not sure what you’re looking for, our team of designers can help bring your ideas to life. Call us today at (888) 498-8999.

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