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Is 25,000 dollars worth a lifetime of pain and anguish?

Every year countless numbers of players are sidelined and injured, totaling countless amounts in medical bills and time lost on the field all for a trophy that is only worth 25,000 dollars. Does that make sense to you? 

The trophy, created by Tiffany & Co. is valued at $25,000, made entirely of sterling silver, and depicts a regulation-size football in kicking position that, standing 22 inches (56 cm) tall, weighing 7 pounds (3.2 kg), it takes approximately four months and 72 man-hours to create. The words “Vince Lombardi Trophy” are engraved and the NFL shield is affixed in a separate item onto the base. After the trophy is awarded, it is sent back to Tiffany’s to be engraved with the winning team’s name, the date and final score of the Super Bowl, and then is sent back to the winning team for them to keep, thus there is one Lombardi Trophy for each Super Bowl – although the first two “Super Bowls” were not called that until Super Bowl III (the first two Super Bowls received their designations as Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II retroactively when Super Bowl III received its name).The trophy has been awarded since 1967 when the Super Bowl’s official designation was the AFL-NFL World Championship Game. The trophy was renamed in 1970 in memory of legendary Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi after his sudden death from cancer to commemorate his victories in the first two Super Bowls. 

While a player does receive a nice bonus check and a ring saying they won it all, their team is basically given a trophy that symbolizes the win, but falls far short of the glory. I feel it is the most prestigious trophy in American history, and I feel we can do better, DO YOU AGREE? 

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