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Daughter of Lombardi Trophy-maker wants Brady apology

She says the QB disrespected the Super Bowl trophy by tossing it from his boat to another during the Bucs’ victory parade.
QB Tom Brady holds up the Lombardi Trophy while aboard his boat during the Bucs' celebratory parade in Tampa on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, for winning Super Bowl 55.
QB Tom Brady holds up the Lombardi Trophy while aboard his boat during the Bucs' celebratory parade in Tampa on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, for winning Super Bowl 55. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Published Feb. 14

She’s not letting this one pass.

The daughter of the silversmith who made the original Vince Lombardi Trophy is upset that Bucs quarterback Tom Brady threw this year’s version from a boat days after winning his record seventh Super Bowl.

“It just upset me that this trophy was disgraced and disrespected by being thrown as if it was a real football,” Lorraine Grohs of Fort Myers told local TV affiliate WFTX. “I personally would like an apology, not just to me and my family and the other silversmiths but to the fans, all the football fans, the other team players.”

Grohs’ father, Greg, was the silversmith who originally created the trophy, given annually to the Super Bowl champion and named after the Hall of Fame coach of the Green Bay Packers.

“I have a big history of this trophy being made by my father,” she said, “and it’s such an honor, and I know all the craftsmen that made it when my dad was there, also at Tiffany’s, and it takes a lot of hard work.”

While celebrating the Bucs’ Super Bowl 55 championship during a boat parade Wednesday in downtown Tampa, Brady threw the trophy from his boat over to another boat on the Hillsborough River, where it was caught by tight end Cameron Brate.

The pass was complete, just like 21 of Brady’s 29 throws during Tampa Bay’s 31-9 win last Sunday against Kansas City at Raymond James Stadium.

Grohs is not an avid football fan, however, she said she waits for the end of the Super Bowl for one reason.

“I only watch the game to watch the trophy come out. I like to see all the owners and the football players just hold it up with such pride and hold it up and show everybody, and I get goosebumps,” she said.

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