By Sara Dayley
St. Louis (KSDK)- With the Super Bowl just around the corner, it is only fitting to know a little background information on one of the most prestigious awards, The Vince Lombardi Trophy.
The hardware carried the name "World Championship Game Trophy" until 1970, when it was then named after the former Green Bay Packers head coach. Lombardi captured five NFL championships during this nine years at the helm and died the year the trophy first donned his name.
Here are some tidbits about the championship piece of silver. Each year, a new trophy is made. It weighs seven pounds and stands 22 inches tall. The entire piece is sterling silver created at Tiffany and Company, takes 72 hours from start to finish. Since there are two trophies made, in case one is damaged, that is a total of 144 hours.
To make the trophy's ball portion, the spinner mounts a rounded wooden block, also known as a chuck, and using tools, shapes sheets of silver as they are heated. Each half is then detailed with the lace holes and textured. How do those seems disappear? Well it is sanded first, then buffed and then the actual 3D laces are added.
As for the base, there are three sides created in the spinning process, very similar to how the ball was made. Those pieces are then soderd together and screwed and soldered to the other portion of the ball. Last but not least, The NFL symbol and Super Bowl game number are then attached to the base, and you have the historical piece that is ready for a permanent home! No team has three consecutive Vince Lombardi Trophies.