Take a look at the new College Football Playoff trophy

Posted July 14th, 2014


The Waterford crystal football that represented college football’s national championship trophy has been locked in the curio cabinet. The new playoff format is getting a trophy made of 24-karat gold.

College Football Playoff organizers unveiled a new 35-pound trophy Monday that’s made of gold, bronze and stainless steel.

Standing 3 feet tall, the trophy has a 30-pound bronze base and holds a second piece that, as CFP executive director Bill Hancock said, “can be hoisted in quite an inspirational manner.”


“We probably looked at three or four dozen designs for the trophy,” Hancock said at the trophy unveiling. “We wanted something that could be hoisted. We wanted something that was new. We wanted it to be a classic piece of art, and we’ve achieved all those goals.”

The old Waterford crystal football cost about $30,000. Texas officials keep their 2005 trophy just outside the football coaches’ offices in the Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletics Center. Coach Charlie Strong walks by it every day.

“I’m sure a bunch of you are wondering about the price of the new trophy,” Hancock said. “We are please to share with you that it is a priceless, one-of-a-kind piece of art.”

Insurance adjusters would probably disagree. But those hoisting it come Jan. 12, 2015, will feel the trophy is just fine.

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