Football fans across the world worried about the fate of the Vince Lombardi trophy, which will be awarded to the winner of Super Bowl LIII on Sunday Feb. 3, can rest easy over the next week. The iconic award made the perilous journey from New York to Atlanta safely, delivered to the Georgia World Congress Center Saturday by FedEx Express, the company said.
The historic trophy, which was handcrafted by artisans at Tiffany & Co., is made of sterling silver and depicts a regulation-size football in kicking position on a pyramid-like base that features the words ‘Vince Lombardi Trophy’ and ‘Super Bowl LIII’ along with the NFL shield.
Kent Buchanan, an Atlanta-area resident and FedEx Express courier for 23 years, made the final delivery with the help of former Pittsburgh Steeler Jerome Bettis, Super Bowl XL champion and Pro Football Hall of Famer.
Throughout the week, fans visiting the Atlanta area can get up-close and personal with the trophy at Super Bowl Experience Driven by Hyundai, pro football’s interactive theme park at the Georgia World Congress Center. On Feb. 3, it will be awarded to either Los Angeles Rams or New England Patriots, commemorating a Super Bowl champion for the 2018-19 NFL season.
“The Vince Lombardi Trophy is one of the most recognizable trophies in sports, and its delivery by FedEx kicks off an exciting week of Super Bowl festivities in Atlanta,” said Patrick Fitzgerald, senior vice president, Integrated Marketing and Communications, FedEx.
This is the 19th consecutive year FedEx has delivered the trophy from its permanent home at NFL headquarters in New York to the site of the annual championship game.