Patriots don’t plan to fix Lombardi Trophy dent, for now

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As “good problems to have” go for NFL teams, there’s no better problem than figuring out what to do about a dent in one of your six Lombardi Trophies.

That’s the problem the New England Patriots currently have, thanks to former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski using a Lombardi Trophy as a baseball bat at Fenway Park.

Via Nick Goss of NBCSportsBoston.com, the Patriots currently do not plan to fix the dent created by Gronkowski trying to lay down a bunt with the silver trophy.

It makes sense to keep the dent. It’s surely hard enough to tell one trophy from the other (another good problem to have); the dent (which is on the back side of the ball affixed to the base) makes it easy to spot which trophy Gronk mishandled. It gives the trophy character, like the crack in the Liberty Bell. It also gives Gronk a permanent Patriots legacy — in addition to the bronze bust he’ll eventually have in Canton.

48 responses to “Patriots don’t plan to fix Lombardi Trophy dent, for now

  1. Let the faux outrage and insults flow but for a team that supposedly ‘has no fun’ I think it’s appropriate to show it’s the game on the field they take seriously, the rest not so much.

  2. People have done far worse and more despicable things to the Stanley Cup. Besides, the Pats get to keep the trophy. It’s theirs. They don’t have to preserve the integrity of it for anyone else.

  3. I worked with a guy who had won 12 local TV news Emmy awards – When he won his 13th, the trophy arrived with a broken wing. I said are you going to send it back or get it repaired and he was like, ‘NO’ – Me with ZERO Emmy’s was like ‘WHY?’ And he basically said he’s got 12 others that are just fine, what’s it matter at this point.

    Same thing applies here.

  4. Ha, I think it’s awesome. Most collectors items that have value, have that value due to an imperfection on it.

  5. As much as I hated when my team played against Gronk, you have to respect that guy. Hall of fame numbers and retired earlier than most who make it to the HOF on his own terms. Pretty incredible. Beast on the field and actually didn’t seem like a jerk off the field. Like a big kid having fun. Who wouldn’t want to hang with that guy?

  6. Wait til the salty mountain of hate hears about the Pats’ 10-pin bowling damage on their Lombardis in April 2023.

  7. Gronk was using the 6th Lombardi @ Fenway Park , as a baseball bat , when the Red Sox were raising their World Series banner & handing out World Series rings!
    Second time in history both the Red Sox & Pats won championships the same season!!

  8. I think its hilarious that Gronk dented the trophy and they should leave it as fun bit of Patriot history. And actually I think it was Edelman who threw the “pitch” to him so he’s in the equation too.

  9. Great for Gronk but it leaves lots of others wondering why he gets all the attention and why he gets to do this. Not always great for the whole team. Don’t tell me no one has complained because JoeShmo on doesn’t get to voice his opinion on a football team.

  10. All in fun, not to mention the fact that I’d be pretty damn glad to have the chance to comment one way or the other about my favorite team denting a hard-earned Lombardi trophy.

  11. “It’s disrespectful but not surprising.”

    Lolz the same people who crowed that the Pats “don’t have any fun” now cry that its “disrespectful” to have fun.

    That’s called a double standard by the way

  12. skcrooged says:
    April 18, 2019 at 10:56 am
    Disgusting. Cut his endorsements. Bad role model. Vince is rolling over.

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    Considering BB’s career demolishes Lombardi’s, it doesn’t really matter. Time to rename the trophy.

  13. I love it. The story that came out made up of comments by his teammates was priceless. It’s Classic Gronk. The Legend of this era of the Patriots continues to grow. It’s a great story to tell at the Patriots Hall of Fame….

  14. The fact that it occurred as part of the World Series Ring presentation for the Red Sox makes it even more special. Life is good…

  15. BB hasn’t “demolished” anything so it’s not time to change the name on the trophy. He’s won 6 NFL Championships in 18 years at New England. No taking that away from him. Excellent Coach to be sure.

    In 9 years with the Packers, Lombardi won 5, all 5 being in a 7 season span. All things being equal, Lombardi won 5 in half the time.

    That being laid out in no uncertain terms, Vikings internet fans can now lay down their usual line of crap. Pats fans can do what they always do .. Minimize major accomplishments to make the Pats seem bigger than they already are … With their usual line of crap.

    Anyway, I think the dented Lombardi will become the stuff of legend. It’s a fantastic story for the generations.

  16. marvin1958 says:
    April 18, 2019 at 2:27 pm
    BB hasn’t “demolished” anything so it’s not time to change the name on the trophy. He’s won 6 NFL Championships in 18 years at New England. No taking that away from him. Excellent Coach to be sure.

    In 9 years with the Packers, Lombardi won 5, all 5 being in a 7 season span. All things being equal, Lombardi won 5 in half the time.

    That being laid out in no uncertain terms, Vikings internet fans can now lay down their usual line of crap. Pats fans can do what they always do .. Minimize major accomplishments to make the Pats seem bigger than they already are … With their usual line of crap.

    Anyway, I think the dented Lombardi will become the stuff of legend. It’s a fantastic story for the generations.
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    Lombardi did this against what was basically an 11 team league with expansion teams added in Minnesota, Dallas, New Orleans and Atlanta in the 60’s. Not quite the same thing or the same sustained level of success, but it is hard to compare across generations, and not really fair.

  17. The Patriots organisation gives us plenty to talk about away from the football field with their off field shanigans. They may lack a moral compass but you couldn’t call them boring.

  18. Leave it like it is. I love it! Gives it character. The fact that it happened at Fenway Park makes it a great story to tell now and for future generations.

  19. BB hasn’t “demolished” anything so it’s not time to change the name on the trophy. He’s won 6 NFL Championships in 18 years at New England. No taking that away from him. Excellent Coach to be sure.

    In 9 years with the Packers, Lombardi won 5, all 5 being in a 7 season span. All things being equal, Lombardi won 5 in half the time.

    That being laid out in no uncertain terms, Vikings internet fans can now lay down their usual line of crap. Pats fans can do what they always do .. Minimize major accomplishments to make the Pats seem bigger than they already are … With their usual line of crap.
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    So, i guess you can split this either way, but 19 years of sustained excellence more than twice as long vs a shorter span.
    Less games, smaller league, no free agency, 2 SB against the AFC which at the time was kind of a joke.
    Vince has a better winning % but played far less games in both regular and playoffs. Bill has coached in 32 more playoff games…
    It’s ok, Bill is the best ever. Vince can keep the title name, like Cy Young has his award.
    Look if your logic held, then the 60’s Celtics are the best ever. Bill Russell is the greatest player of all time…but he isn’t.(start Lebron/Bird/Jordan argument) He’s been eclipsed. The game changed, the players got better exc. In football, just because of time- Bill has forgotten more about football than Vince ever knew.

  20. Just ask the steelers or cowboys who refurbishes their old superbowl trophies that they like to talk about. If they can get the rust out of them they will be able to get the dent out. Or leave it alone because it adds a diamond sparkle to it, the way it reflects the light is awesome.

  21. They named it the Lombardi trophy after Vince Lombardi died of cancer in 1970.So basically it was in honor of him, just like the Hunt Trophy was named in honor of Lamar Hunt. We’re they talking about naming it that before his death? They are with BB. He was a great coach, no doubt, but football was still in its infancy stage so his competition was minimal. Football has evolved so much since that Era that comparing the two would be like comparing automobiles from then and now, or phones, computers even light bulbs. Spin it however you want to but you can not name one coach that has won 3 superbowls in two different decades with totally different rosters each year, different coaches, free agency, salary cap, rule changes for the games and practices. But he has Brady, but he had Brady when they didn’t win superbowls and everyone said “they might win one more” so that point is mute. GB has Rodgers, steelers have Ben, colts had Peyton, Miami had Marino. I could go on but even if I did it would be futile, it will just go over your head. Is Phil Jackson a great coach? Depends on which fan base you ask.

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