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John Harbaugh did indeed buy Lombardi Trophies for his entire staff

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Football is a game of tradition.  And Ravens coach John Harbaugh has gone all in, setting a precedent that won’t be cheap for others to match in the future.

PFT has confirmed that Harbaugh had replicas of the Vince Lombardi Trophy made for everyone on his staff.  The gesture was first reported by National Football Post.

Everyone on the staff got one, including a couple of the young coaching assistants.  (That group possibly includes Jay Harbaugh, the son of John’s brother and 49ers coach Jim.)

It’s an incredible gesture, and hardly an inexpensive one.  The seven-pound, sterling silver trophy is made by Tiffany & Co. in a low-tech workshop in Parsippany, New Jersey.  Earlier this year, CNBC produced a feature regarding the construction of the iconic representation of NFL excellence.

The name “Harbaugh” quickly has become iconic in football circles.  That kind of generosity will only bolster the impression.

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42 Responses to “John Harbaugh did indeed buy Lombardi Trophies for his entire staff”
  1. atthemurph says: Jul 6, 2013 4:20 PM

    Did he get permission from the league to do this? They own that image and trophy and the league doesn’t like it’s stuff copied.

  2. Iknoweverything says: Jul 6, 2013 4:25 PM

    Pretty sad that somehow Whinebag Jim did not inherit any of the class that his brother John possess.
    Probably because the parents didn’t care for him as much as John and ignored Jim. Appears to be wise decisions.

  3. braceyourselffor12 says: Jul 6, 2013 4:34 PM

    As Niner fan I might get blasted for saying this but I love the difference between these two coaches. As brothers they share the same passion for football but exude it in opposite manners. John seems more methodical and reserved while Jim is straight balls to the wall. As I said last year these two coaches will be leading great teams for years to come.

    Go Harbaugh, Go Niners!!!!!

  4. ilovekneegrows says: Jul 6, 2013 4:38 PM

    I’m not sure how “iconic” the name is outside of SF and Baltimore. But apparently you can become an icon seemingly overnight now.

  5. lexington11 says: Jul 6, 2013 4:38 PM

    Greatest coach in the game today!!

  6. thesteelers says: Jul 6, 2013 4:39 PM

    Get over it. It’s been months now. Shouldn’t you be thinking about the next Super Bowl? LOLOL

  7. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 6, 2013 4:57 PM

    The name “Harbaugh” quickly has become iconic in football circles. That kind of generosity will only bolster the impression.

    The gesture is great, but please the name brings some things to mind like crybabies,poor sports,hot heads and don’t forget dirt bags. Come on both these guys are hated by their coaching counterparts as pariahs…..not piranhas …close but pariahs is more apt.

  8. goldomedravensfan says: Jul 6, 2013 5:01 PM

    That’s a good gesture of him but is it was me my assistant staff should get miniature copy’s of the Lombardi that only coast me no more then $300 each

  9. lennydpocketqb says: Jul 6, 2013 5:19 PM

    Classy move. I didn’t think he had it in him. I was wrong. Kudos John.

  10. thefox61 says: Jul 6, 2013 5:23 PM

    Did he buy one for his bother?

  11. geoffcrittenden says: Jul 6, 2013 5:35 PM

    This is a very well-meaning gesture that should nevertheless be stopped immediately. The NFL is (and should remain) the only entity that can award Lombardi trophies. There’s a reason that they are displayed proudly and prominently in team facilities — only one trophy is awarded per year and their value should not be diminished by this very type of thing.

  12. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 6, 2013 5:38 PM

    Some guys literally play for trophies I guess. Sounds like an inefficient waste of time, money and resources for building a paperweight though. Well I guess you have to have something for dust to collect to.

  13. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jul 6, 2013 5:39 PM

    Very few of my Steeler brothers will agree with this – but you gotta respect a lot of about John Harbaugh. Just like his style – coaches hard play-through-the-echo-of-the-whistle football and seems to embody a sense of loyalty.

    Let’s beat his backside – but as best I can tell from my nosebleed seat in this, he deserves real props for how he coaches and what he stands for.

  14. GenXJay says: Jul 6, 2013 5:43 PM

    Goodell should drop lombardi & rename the trophy to The Harbaugh.
    In fact, he should do this the same day the skins switch to the Red Tails. HTTRT!

  15. vincentbojackson says: Jul 6, 2013 5:59 PM

    Should have bought them for the Denver Bronco’s secondary since they’re the ones responsible for Harbaugh getting there.

  16. favrelous says: Jul 6, 2013 6:06 PM

    Who is the Icon who gave up a 20 point 4th qtr lead to vikes and cried afterward.?

  17. Fantasy Football Delivery Man says: Jul 6, 2013 6:06 PM

    Funny how different John and Jim appear to be.

  18. jerrygray721 says: Jul 6, 2013 6:08 PM

    I wonder how much that set him back I’m sure it was a lot but I bet he gets back more in the form of loyalty and effort from his staff and the added respect of his players for this show of class.
    btw I am a dolphins fan not a ravens fan

  19. sonnyboychris says: Jul 6, 2013 6:31 PM

    Man, some of you losers can’t get off of your knees for the NFL. Let them worry about a replica of the trophy being made. For the sake of us all, remove Roger from your throats.

  20. donny1rodriguez says: Jul 6, 2013 6:38 PM

    I wish he was my dad

  21. scoobies05 says: Jul 6, 2013 6:44 PM

    very nice gesture by harbaugh. im sure his staff appreciated it. and my apologies to nofool. i had no idea he knew all the coaches in the nfl and what they thought of the harbaugh brothers. that dude is connected

  22. ahostiletakeover says: Jul 6, 2013 6:44 PM

    The key word here is REPLICA people. You do realize you can go to Amazon or eBay and buy the exact same thing right? Some sellers will even doing custom engravings for you. People like atthemurph and geoffcrittendon need to lighten up.

  23. pandebailey says: Jul 6, 2013 6:52 PM

    Classy act and yes, I bet this will start an NFL trend.

    But slow down on the cost estimates – your article included the word “replicas” which means they are likely NOT made of silver or made by Tiffany.

  24. ahostiletakeover says: Jul 6, 2013 6:53 PM

    Yeah, that’d be a great gesture vincentbojackson. As long as Peyton and the Broncos’ offense gave the Ravens something of equal value for giving them 14 free special teams points to have even been in the game in the first place. I mean the Ravens obviously wanted it to be a competitive game since they hadn’t given up a single return of more than 40 yards in the 17 games before that. Wait, nevermind. Peyton did already give them something of value in the same game with a knucklehead interception in OT. You’re right the Ravens do owe them a Lombardi replica, my bad.

  25. charger383 says: Jul 6, 2013 6:55 PM

    They deserve the trophies

  26. larrydavid7000 says: Jul 6, 2013 7:28 PM

    This is so sad.!!!!! Who is he kidding? What a huge Loser Move. !!!!!!!!!

  27. nickster31 says: Jul 6, 2013 7:41 PM

    I think that this is a fantastic idea, and shows a lot of class. (And I am a Steelers fan). I just wonder, did these coaches get REAL Super Bowl rings or the lesser, cheaper ones office staff get?

  28. SAV says: Jul 6, 2013 7:57 PM

    Im so proud to support the Ravens. Im from NY. Ravens supporter since ’99.

    This team warms my heart, inspires my soul, and makes me proud.

  29. dhudge says: Jul 6, 2013 8:00 PM

    How can anyone disrespect this gesture?
    Even a steelers fan cannot legitimately disrespect it. The man paid for it out of his own pocket and the result is a bunch of Whiney crybabies complaining about it…y’all should be ashamed!

  30. scoobies05 says: Jul 6, 2013 8:31 PM

    there there larry. maybe one day in the future the coach of the redskins(or whatever they will be called) can do this. not anytime soon, but one day

  31. skimbell says: Jul 6, 2013 8:33 PM

    Better watch it. If the Vikings find out that Lombardi’s can be bought…well, you know where that’ll lead,

  32. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 6, 2013 8:43 PM

    He just devalued the Lombardi by flooding the market with a bunch more. Reminds me of those few times the govt gave everyone ‘stimulus’ checks. Most lemmings were happy to get it, not realizing the big picture of weakening our economic society. Nice work Harbs, all you did was weaken our country today.

    Sarcastic melodrama aside, actually kind of a cool move. Probably gets crazy-level loyalty from his staff.

  33. twesty85 says: Jul 6, 2013 8:48 PM

    This is nothing less than a classy move. Anyone who thinks otherwise is just a sore loser because the head coach of their team couldn’t do the same thing this year. He won a super bowl, he can do whatever he wants to reward his staff. Get over yourselves!

  34. bmoreballbuster says: Jul 6, 2013 8:49 PM

    Harbs should have bought them 2 for 1 special considering a REPEAT is INEVITABLE!!!
    “GO RAVENS”!!!

  35. saintmyfault says: Jul 6, 2013 9:04 PM

    Not a Ravens fan but I gotta say I’m impressed by not only this gesture but by the organization buying police motorcycles for the New Orleans PD, and by the class their fans showed while down here cheering on their team. Maybe I’ll draft Flacco on my fantasy team as the back up to my back up so I’ll have more of a routing interest.

  36. hpeters77 says: Jul 6, 2013 10:42 PM

    On the next episode of Pawn Stars a Raven coach Super Bowl trophy

  37. broncosnative says: Jul 6, 2013 10:52 PM

    Ok the ravens are going too far, harbaugh is messing without a tradition and I hope the league step in. For Christ sake they’re already getting a ring, why would he get replicas of something as big as the Lombardi trophy. Who could even think of doing this, great coach, dumb move

  38. modellforprez says: Jul 6, 2013 10:59 PM

    Class Act. love to hate him and his pigeons but thats loyalty and class right therr.

  39. jacktheraven says: Jul 7, 2013 11:27 AM

    Nice gesture by John, but it’s time to move on to this season.

  40. bloodisred says: Jul 7, 2013 11:56 AM

    Class.

  41. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 8, 2013 6:01 AM

    “The name “Harbaugh” quickly has become iconic in football circles. That kind of generosity will only bolster the impression.”

    The gesture is great, but the name alone cannot adeuately represent the leadership, innovation, determination, and overall good sportsmanship that John Harbaugh has brought to the NFL andthe immense respect he has earned from ALL the other coaches and owners in the league. To take a struggling team and bring it to the AFC championship the first year is no small accomplishment. Then, to make the Ravens the dominant team in the AFCN and put the Steelers in their place (3rd place) is just icing on the cake. Unlike some coaches who get the cushy job of stepping in after a previous head coach wins a Superbowl, Harbaugh started from the ground up with a new quarterback who proved to the world that he was elite by equaling Joe Montana. It’s also a huge plus that Harbaugh has never, and will never allow convicted gun felons or disgusting perverts to play on his team. That’s the Raven code! CAW!

  42. guitarkevin says: Jul 8, 2013 10:19 AM

    I’m from B-More and I heard on the radio that the trophies cost over $200k total.

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