By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com
Turns out not everybody was a fan of Tom Brady’s trophy toss during the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl parade. The daughter of the Lombardi Trophy’s creator isn’t just speaking out, she’s asking for an apology.
In a video clip that went viral on Saturday, Lorraine Grohs says the trophy was “disgraced and disrespected” and that she “didn’t sleep for the past two nights because of this.” Grohs added that she believes she, the silversmith community, and the fans deserve an apology from Brady.
Lorraine Grohs says that Tom Brady's trophy toss is insulting to her family's legacy and would like an apology.— Kyle Burger (@kyle_burger) February 13, 2021
She is the daughter of Greg Grohs, the master silversmith who crafted the very first Lombardi Trophy. #GoBucs pic.twitter.com/sdElEcHmgp
The incident was also spoofed on Saturday Night Live, with a ‘drunk Tom Brady’ showing up and using a worse-for-wear Lombardi Trophy as a bottle opener. “People were surprised I was tossing this bad boy around, but the trophy has a football on it – and I’m a quarterback.”
While this is the first time we’re hearing from Grohs, it’s not the first time the Lombardi has been put in harms way. Fans may remember the Super Bowl LIII edition of the trophy has a permanent dent in the back from when Rob Gronkowski used it as a baseball bat before a Red Sox game in 2019.
It’s also worth noting that the Lombardi Trophy is remade every year, so there are currently 55 true examples of the trophy in existence. Compare that to the Stanley Cup – which receives much worse treatment on a regular basis. That is a singular trophy, that the winner holds only for the time they are defending champions.
Does Grohs have a legitimate gripe? Certainly she has a close personal tie to the trophy, but you could argue that after winning seven of them – more than any individual NFL franchise – Brady deserves to have a say on what is and isn’t proper Lombardi Trophy etiquette.
Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at Alexander.Barth@bbgi.com.