The Skinny On the Vince Lombardi Trophy

Mike DojcCorrespondent IMay 9, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Steelers won 27-23 against the Arizona Cardinals during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

This Tiffany-fashioned sterling silver statuette of a, laces out primed-to-boot, football is the most precious piece of bling in the NFL.

For those of you who have never laid eyes on Big Silver Betty, as Baltimore Ravens former president David Modell likes to call her, she sure is one pretty puppy.


Born in 1967 as the Super Bowl trophy and born again under its current namesake after Lombardi's passing in 1970. It's three kilograms, 56 centimeters tall when upright, and would fetch roughly $100,000—300,000 experts estimate, but until one turns up on eBay, can we really know?

Replicas have gone anywhere from $13,000—19,000.


John Elway dinged it in a wayward celebratory toss, a D.J. in Baltimore licked cake off it, and in 1991 the New York Giants almost lost theirs following a wild Super Bowl victory party.

Two hours after the players had vacated the team's locker room, NFL VP of special events, Jim Steeg, rifled through the broken champagne flutes and sweaty towels to find the trophy.

All Time Winner

It’s a cool coincidence that a team with a metallurgical name has won the high profile hardware the most. 

The Pittsburgh Steelers have won it six times.


The Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers have the second largest collection of Lombardi silver. The Packers, Patriots, Raiders and Redskins trail closely behind with three gridiron crown jewels apiece.

Unlike the Stanley Cup, the  Super Bowl winning team gets to keep their championship trophy.

Last Word

If winning isn’t everything, why do they keep score? Vince Lombardi(1913-1970)


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