How the Super Bowl Works

Winning the Super Bowl

­After winning ­the Super Bowl, the champions get to hoist one of the most famous trophies in professional sports, the Lombardi trophy. It is a sterling silver football in a tilted position atop a pyramid-like stand. The trophy is named for Vince Lombardi, the former Green Bay Packers coach who led the Packers to victory in Super Bowls I and II. Originally named the World Championship Game Trophy, the trophy was renamed the Lombardi trophy in 1971 following Lombardi's death. ­

Each trophy is handcrafted by Tiffany & Co. and takes 72 hours to make. The sterling silver trophy has an estimated value of more than $25,000, stands 22 inches (56 centimeters) tall, and weighs 7 pounds (3 kilograms). The front of the trophy is etched with the words "Vince Lombardi" and "Super Bowl," and the Roman numerals for the current Super Bowl. The NFL logo is also etched on the trophy.

­Players, coaches, and many others in the team's organization also receive a ring to commemorate the victory. These rings are usually ostentatious in design and size.

The 14-karat white gold Super Bowl ring worn by the Super Bowl XXXVI champions, the New England Patriots, featured 142 diamonds. Forty-two diamonds encircled the bezel, which is the edge of the ring's face, and two larger football-shaped diamonds are on each size of the bezel. The face of the ring displays the Patriots logo made from red garnets and blue sapphires trimmed with diamonds. A figure of the Lombardi trophy is behind the logo and is made of platinum, a large marquise diamond, and two tapered baguette diamonds.

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