The NFL would love to find a prominent place to display the silver cup that was awarded to it’s champion in the pre-merger days. If only they knew where it was.
Virtually every football fan knows the Lombardi trophy is given to the Super Bowl champion. Yet in the decades before the AFL and NFL merged, the NFL’s familiar championship hardware was the Ed Thorp trophy.
It was last awarded to the 1969 Minnesota Vikings, who won the NFL title but lost Super Bowl IV to AFL champion Kansas City, which received the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The following year, the NFL and AFL merged, leaving the Lombardi Trophy as the only one awarded by the league beginning with the conclusion of the 1970 season.
But the Vikings apparently don’t have the Thorp trophy and don’t know where it is. NFL Films is looking into producing a piece that tries to track it down.
"We’re intrigued by the possibility that a piece of football history this important cannot be located," NFL Films Senior Producer Ken Rodgers told Packersnews.com .
"If a few more of our leads come up empty, we might have a full-fledged NFL mystery on our hands."