The Story Behind the Quicken Loans Carrier Classic Trophy

Quicken Loans Carrier Classic TrophyAs 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!




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8 Responses to The Story Behind the Quicken Loans Carrier Classic Trophy

  1. Bob Dixon November 1, 2011 at 9:08 pm #

    Not going to opine on the winners and losers of your match up of greatest UNC vs. Michgan. What I will say that as a UNC fan you did not come close to picking the best UNC players for each position. Furthermore anyone who picks any power forward over James Worthy in a big game is nuts. He did not get the name Big Game James for nothing. Finally for purposes of argument Phil Ford and Magic actually played a college game against each other. Phil as a senior took Magic to the cleaners he being an I believe a freshman or sophomore.

  2. Brian November 3, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

    As a current member of the Navy I am pretty disgusted that this proud service is letting an aircraft carrier be used as a prop for ESPN and the NCAA to make more money of un-paid labor (see the Taylor Branch article in the Atlantic). All this while I am sure the executive organizers of this event and members of the each schools athletic department will be paid hundreds of thousands of dollars all while staying in 5 star hotels and flying first class.

    • apallay November 3, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

      Thanks for your comment, Brian, and for your service! According to the Quicken Loans Carrier Classic organizer, Morale Entertainment, all proceeds earned from this event are being donated to the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society. In addition, both Michigan State and University of North Carolina had to give up a home game in order to participate in the event; they are not getting paid. Absolutely no tax-payer dollars are being used to put on this event and is completely funded by sponsors. As the title sponsor, Quicken Loans is supporting this event to honor the men and women of the armed forces and to help celebrate Veterans Day. And in addition to the sponsorship, Quicken Loans President and CMO, Jay Farner, donated a check for $111,111.00 to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.
      As for the aircraft carrier and its use, The USS Carl Vinson is in port for scheduled maintenance during this time frame and will undergo its maintenance while the event takes place.
      I hope this helps address some of your concerns. Let me know if you have any other questions!

      • tarheeltatman November 4, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

        Thanks for clarifying that, apally. I had read somewhere that of the approximate 7,000 spectators, about 98% of them will be service members, with a large contingent also being Wounded Warriors. I already knew it was a “not for profit” venue, and that all proceeds would to to the various service support funds mentioned. (I actually had a heated argument with a d00k fan about all this). I think Coach Williams and Coach Izzo are more concerned about playing this game as a tribute to the service men than any fame or fortune that could possibly result for them, their teams, or universities. And I think Quicken Loans only very recently became a “sponsor”, before I had only read that Morale Entertainment had organized it and pledged all profit to the military services. What an excellent way to pay tribute to our service people, both current and veterans, on Veterans Day!!

        I thought I had seen where Arizona and UConn were already lined up for next year…..any signs of d00k being included in games after that?

        • apallay November 7, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

          Tarheeltatman, you’re totally right. I’ve spoken with both Coach Izzo and Coach Williams in person and can honestly say that their primary focus in playing this game is to honor veterans and all the service men and women of the armed forces. They are completely dedicated to doing what they can to help improve morale and provide what support they can. As a company, outside of this event, Quicken Loans has been a supporter of the Wounded Warriors project for some time as well. It’s hard to stress it enough that we’re doing this because we want to support those who serve. Plus, it’s kind of awesome to see a game on an aircraft carrier, don’t you think?
          As for the 2013 event, I don’t think they have it narrowed down yet. There was some rumor about MSU being involved again, but I’m just speculating based on the message boards I’ve been reading.
          I hope you keep reading. I’m going to be posting from the event, so there should be some good stuff coming up!

    • danny November 9, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

      yeah, like the government doesn’t waste taxpayer dollars on dumber WORD DELETED than this…geez.


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