Football Trophies

Written by Charles Peacock
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Football is barely more than a hundred years old, and yet it seems to have seeped into the American conscious as one of our all-time historic traditions. Perhaps it's the epic, war-like feel that football seems to encapsulate that gives it such weight in our collective minds. Whatever the reason, there's no doubting the fact that the game will not be forgotten for a long time to come.

Famous Football Trophies

Football is a game that is famous for its symbols. Certain football-related images conjure up vivid memories in the minds of fans and non-fans alike, like the photograph of "Broadway" Joe Namath raising his finger in the air after winning the NFL championship over the Baltimore Colts. But it is the physical objects--the solid metal trophies--that summon the most emotion in the minds of football fans and players.

The Vince Lombardi Trophy (given each year to the winner of the Super Bowl) is perhaps the most famous trophy in all of sports. Whoever designed it did a fantastic job: it is simple, yet stunning. A shiny metal football mounted on an angle on a pyramid stand, the Lombardi trophy is something than pro football players and fans both drool over. Everyone wants his team to get one.

Perhaps the second most famous trophy in sports is also a football trophy--but this one is reserved for college football. The Heisman trophy, given to the collegiate football player of the year, displays an old-fashioned player (complete with leather helmet and baggy pants) holding a football under one arm and giving a stiff-arm with the other. The trophy is another masterwork: it is an unforgettable symbol of a sport that may now truly be America's favorite game.


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