Archive for October 27, 2009

One day my wife and I will go to a Superbowl, but until then we will huddle round the tv in the living room with bottles of Budweiser, toffee popcorn, Doritos and dips, Peanut M&Ms and some Diet Pepsi just a metre away.

I have to admit that I did not think the NFL would actually trust the Great British public by bringing a real Superbowl trophy to the NFL International game in London last Sunday.

Well I was as wrong as Janet Jackson’s nipple jewellery as the NFL, with some help from a couple of not very burly minders, let the NFL tailgate party fans get within one metre of the Vince Lombardi trophy.

Seeing the shiny silver accolade, the dream realised, the ultimate prize, the single reason any man puts on pads in the NFL right in front of my very eyes was truly humbling.

Whilst I will never be able to lift the trophy above my head after 60 minutes of football, getting this close was a very special occasion, and one I will never forget.

Shall I try to grab the Superbowl trophy and make a dash for it?

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I'm sure Vince Lombardi is perplexed that his trophy was in London

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Now the NFL promised to bring a Superbowl trophy to Wembley to be at the official tailgate party. A real gleaming Vince Lombardi Trophy. Now both my wife and I thought that the NFL would conveniently forget to pack the shiny silver mounted ball, and instead bring a giant cardboard version.

We queued up outside the Hall of Fame tent and after just about ten minutes we were shuffled into a crowded room. Inside were some of the most incredible NFL exhibits you are ever gonna clamp your eyes upon.

Items on display included the shirt Brett Favre wore when he broke the NFL passing record, the fake foot/boot Tom Dempsey wore when he originally set the record for the longest NFL field goal, a helmet worn by John Elway, a shirt from AFL 1960s San Diego Chargers legend Lance ‘Bambi’ Alworth, and a shirt worn by Baltimore Colts god Johnny Unitas.

Normally you have to go all the way to Canton, Ohio to see such amazing sights so thumbs up to the NFL – WOW.

Ill let the pictures do the talking here, as my words will not do justice to these unbelievable pieces of history.

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This was the shirt worn by Peyton Manning as a rookie

 

 

 
 
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He winds me up but Brett Favre broke the NFL passing record in this shirt

 

 
 
 
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This weird black object is the boot that kicked a 63 yard field goal for Tom Dempsey

 

 

 
 
 
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Good to see an old skool John Elway Denver Broncos helmet

 

 

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I was quite emotional seeing a shirt worn by Baltimore Colts legend Johnny Unitas