Regardless of the outcome of this weekend’s Super Bowl, some things are guaranteed—streamers flying, Gatorade tubs being triumphantly poured over coaches, and some (masked?) kisses of the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Super Bowl victors have been celebrating this way since 1967, when the Green Bay Packers triumphed in Super Bowl I.
As for the trophy itself, it is a longtime creation by New York jeweler Tiffany & Co. As the story goes, the trophy was originally sketched on a cocktail napkin during a lunch between then NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle and Tiffany V.P. Oscar Reidner. The design, created for the first Super Bowl, features a regulation-size football made entirely of sterling silver. The whole thing weighs about seven pounds, and takes four months to complete in the company’s Rhode Island workshop.
Even if only one team will win, both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs will start the year with a piece of Tiffany—the luxury house is also the maker of the trophies awarded to the AFC and NFC champions. A sweet consolation prize if we do say so ourselves.
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