As with any big-time game that involves bragging rights, the players dream of hoisting the trophy above their heads with elation. For the Quicken Loans Carrier Classic, the trophy that will be awarded to the winner has been cast and created. Let me tell you something – it is truly remarkable.
Created by the Newport News Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, in Newport News, VA, the trophy is crafted from the same molten pewter that is used in the construction of ships. As a matter of fact, many of the materials and processes used to create the trophy are the exact same materials and processes used to build the very ship on which the game will be played.
Let’s think about that for a second. The trophy that will be awarded to the winning team was created in the same manner that the ship they are playing on was. How flippin’ cool is that??
While both teams will think about starting the season off on the right foot and coming out of this game with a check in the win column, they should also think about stretching out before lifting this bad boy – it weighs in at a whopping 85 pounds.
To put that into perspective for you, the BCS trophy weighs in at 45 pounds and the Stanley Cup weighs 34.5 pounds. Ironically, the “manliest trophy,“ NFL’s Lombardi Trophy (awarded to the winner of the Super Bowl), weighs in at a mere seven pounds.
Newport News Shipbuilding President Matt Mulherin emphasized that there is much more involved with raising the trophy than just winning. It serves as a symbol of patriotic pride as well.
“We are proud of the role we play in the protection of our military and our country, and we look forward to presenting the winning team with a trophy built with the same level of pride and patriotism that goes into America’s warships,” Mulherin explained.
Mike Whalen, director of the Morale Entertainment Foundation, takes it one step further and dives into the fact that there is much significance in the fact that the trophy was created where it was.
Whalen stated, “It’s wonderful that Newport News Shipbuilding, a shipyard that has had such a long and successful association with the United States Navy, has come aboard as a sponsor for the 2011 Quicken Loans Carrier Classic. The trophy Newport News has designed for the Classic is very unique and honors our armed forces, much like the event itself.”
Whoever ends up winning this one of a kind match up will have the honor of keeping this gem in their trophy case for years to come.
Hopefully, they have a shelf that is strong enough to hold it. Here’s a great video with more info about the trophy. Hope you enjoy it!