For the first time ever the Super Bowl will be held in New Jersey next February, and the winner will take home the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy.
And for the first time in Super Bowl history, the trophy won’t have to travel across state lines to be awarded to the NFL champion.
Designed and manufactured by Tiffany & Co., the 22-inch tall trophy has been created at the company’s workshop in Parsippany since 1967. It was originally designed by then Tiffany & Co. Vice President Oscar Riedener, who sketched the trophy’s basic design during a meeting with then NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle.
It wasn’t until 1970 that the trophy took on its current name in honor of Vince Lombardi, the former coach of the Green Bay Packers who won the first two Super Bowls.
The trophy, which is topped by a regulation-sized replica football, made entirely of sterling silver, is created by master artisans at Tiffany & Co. who use silversmith techniques such as spinning, chasing, hand engraving and polishing, the company said.
After the clock hits triple-zero and a new football champion is crowned, the trophy is passed around to each member of the franchise, but the handling of the jewelry is short-lived. The trophy is then taken back to Tiffany’s workshop where the name of the winning team is hand engraved on its base.
The 2014 Super Bowl will be held at Met Life Stadium – home of the New York Jets and New York Giants – on Sunday, Feb. 2.