“Pete had a vision for the trophy and turned to Tiffany,” Victoria Reynolds, group director of business sales at Tiffany, told ABC News. “The design was sketched on a napkin.”
Reynolds said the process of making the Super Bowl trophy has not changed from the turn of the century. The American jeweler’s silversmiths in Rhode Island hand solder heavy sheet silver, spinning, chasing and polishing the metal to create the 22-inch, 7 pound trophy. The whole process takes four months.
The trophy, which is hollow, features a regulation-size football in kicking position on top. A new trophy is made each year though the design has remained the same. After the Super Bowl winner is determined, the confetti is cleaned up and the fans go home, the trophy is returned to Tiffany to be engraved -- and scrubbed clean.
“When we get back the trophy, it’s a cleaning feat extraordinaire,” Reynolds said. “We have never gotten a trophy back that does not have champagne on it.”
The Super Bowl winner, date of the championship game and final score are engraved on the trophy. Some teams prefer to keep the engraving simple; others ask Tiffany to include all the players’ names.
Right now, football fans can get their photos taken with the Lombardi trophy at the NFL Experience in San Francisco’s Moscone Convention Center. The trophy will be moved to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on Sunday, where guards will assiduously watch over it before it's presented to its new owners.
Tiffany, of course, will happily polish the silver trophy just in case it becomes tarnished.