Michael Irvin: Call Super Bowl trophy 'Lombardi/Belichick'
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - A well-known antagonist of the Green Bay Packers in his playing days may have antagonized Packers Planet again with one of his latest public statements. He may have also made the greatest coach in Packers, and possibly NFL, history turn over in his grave.
Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin told the Boston Herald that he wants the Vince Lombardi Trophy, awarded to the Super Bowl champions each year, to be named the Lombardi/Belichick trophy, adding the name of the New England Patriots coach.
“I think the world of Belichick,” Irvin said to the paper.
“I told him this, ‘Man, if it was up to me, that (Super Bowl) trophy would be called the Lombardi/Belichick.’ I don’t care what they think. It would be called the Lombardi/Belichick. That’s how good he is to do what he’s doing in this day and age, what the league is now."
Lombardi won the first two Super Bowl trophies as coach of the Green Bay Packers for the 1966 and 1967 seasons, his last as Packers coach.
He won five NFL titles in his 10-year career, and he is the only coach since 1945 to ever win NFL championships for exacly half the seasons he was a head coach in the league.
Belichick has won three Super Bowl championships in his 17-year NFL coaching career. The NFL fined him in 2007 for breaking league rules on videotaping opposing teams during games.
Irvin played with Dallas Cowboys teams that defeated the Green Bay Packers nine consecutive times from 1991-96.