Both American and Canadian football has enjoyed unprecedented popularity and success in recent years. Both the National Football League in the United States and the Canadian Football League in Canada – not to mention college football in the United States as well – all have seen a lot of success recently thanks to their famed teams, iconic players and unforgettable moments. In addition to all of this, they also boast a wide variety of famous football awards and trophies, many of which have become as well known as the players and teams themselves! From the renowned Vince Lombardi Trophy to the historic Grey Cup, both American and Canadian football has plenty of famed football awards and trophies to boast about. Here’s a quick look at just a few of them.
Vince Lombardi Trophy
The most famous of all football awards and trophies in American football, the celebrated Vince Lombardi Trophy is awarded to the winner of Super Bowl every year. First commissioned back in 1966, the Vince Lombardi Trophy was first awarded back in 1967 to the winner of the AFL-NFL World Championship Game, known today simply as the Super Bowl. The first Vince Lombardi Trophy was won by the Green Bay packers that year as they defeated the Kansas City Chiefs with a score of 35-10. In 1970, the trophy was renamed in honor of late Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi, who died of cancer earlier that year. As of 2016, the Pittsburgh Steelers hold the most Vince Lombardi Trophies with six total, followed by the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers with five each. The most recent winners of the Vince Lombardi Trophy are the Denver Broncos, who defeated the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 in 2016.
The Grey Cup stands tall as the most acclaimed of all Canadian football awards and trophies. First presented back in 1909, the trophy is awarded to the winner of the championship game of the Canadian Football League, also known itself as the Grey Cup. Originally intended for the top amateur hockey team in Canada by the Earl Grey, then the Governor-General of Canada, it later became the top award for Canadian football. Much like the iconic Stanley Cup, the Grey Cup too is passed down from winning team to winning team each year. The Toronto Argonauts hold the most Grey Cups as of 2016, with 16 in total.
The coveted Heisman Trophy truly stands as the pinnacle of success as the most prestigious of all college football awards and trophies. Officially known as the Heisman Memorial Trophy, the famed award is presented to the top college football player in the United States each year. Originally created for the top college player on the East Coast by the Downtown Athletic Club in New York City in 1935, it was renamed in honor of the club’s late athletic director, John Heisman, and broadened to include college football players all across the United States. Notable winners over the years include Cam Newton, Carson Palmer, Archie Griffin and Barry Sanders.