Day 6 – Some Trivia From Redskins Park

I knew coming into this job that the three Vince Lombardi Trophies the Redskins have earned are on display in Redskins park, but there’s a fine line between being aware of that fact and staring at them from a slight remove while waiting for a job interview. I couldn’t get too close at that point — the trophies are just on the other side of the “Authorized Personnel Only” line, and I wasn’t authorized — but they’re a dominating presence in the lobby.

I also knew a fair bit of trivia about the Trophy — made every year by Tiffany & Co. entirely out of sterling silver; only handled with gloves until the post-Super Bowl presentation ceremony to avoid fingerprints; valued at more than $20,000 dollars; all of those sorts of things. I was even familiar with some of the history of the trophy.

But there were two things that I didn’t know, and didn’t find out until I was able to observe the trophies close-up.

First, the names on the trophy are listed in alphabetical order. This means that the first Redskins listed on each trophy are Stuart Anderson (XVII), Anthony Allen (XXII), and Mark Adickes (XXVI). Not exactly household guys (although Allen stands out in my memory for his excellent performance as a replacement player during the 1987 strike).

Second, and even more trivial, is the fact that at some point between 1988 and 1992, Tiffany & Co. apparently switched the order of the panels. On the first two, the names start at the first panel clockwise from the front; on the one from Super Bowl XXVI, the names start counter-clockwise.

Hopefully at some point there will be some more of these things here for me to compare and contrast further.

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4 Responses

  1. THE Mark Adickes??!?!?!

    I love that guy.

  2. Hey Matt,

    Peter King is going to be at camp today. See if you can find him, and ask him why he rarely has a kind word to say about the ‘skins. Tell him that it makes one of his readers disappointed.

  3. yeah tell old pete to take a long walk off a short bridge. i wish they sold replica trophys they would look good in my basement in my bar room.

  4. […] you are (sensibly enough) looking directly at the reception desk. Beyond the reception desk are the Super Bowl trophies, and beyond that are the stairs down to the locker room, practice fields, and so on. The far wall […]

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