The Vince Lombardi Trophy is just shy of two feet tall, weighs about seven pounds and symbolizes the epitome of football success when presented to the Super Bowl champion each year.
For the fifth time since 2002, the trophy currently resides at the home of the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. Similar to the NHL’s Stanley Cup (which is massive, in comparison), the Lombardi Trophy sometimes is taken to promotional events for fans to see.
During an event on April 1 in Bangor, Maine, the team official toting the trophy hit a deer with his vehicle. Ugh. That stinks. No one wants to hit a deer, especially on a cold evening in Maine while in possession of the Lombardi Trophy.
Maine State Police officer Tyler Maloon didn’t know that the official and a companion had the trophy with them until they began mentioning they had to get “the trophy” to an event. Here’s what Maloon wrote on the Maine State Police Facebook page:
So, I cover a car deer crash in Fairfield and end up giving the operator and his wife a ride to the Pittsfield Irvings. As we’re driving they begin talking about an event they’re going to at the Cross Insurance Center, stating “the trophy” has to be there at such and such a time, and that they’ll have to head back after for opening day at Fenway for a presentation there. Naturally, I ask what trophy. They then tell me that he works for the Patriots and that the Lombardi Trophy is in my cruiser! My mind was blown, seriously what are the odds! A story for the ages!
Although the vehicle was damaged, the Patriots official and companion were not injured. They were able to get the Lombardi Trophy to the fan event on April 2 without any other problem, but they did have a heck of a story.