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Fort Myers woman wants apology after Tom Brady's trophy toss

Father was the master silversmith behind the original design
Posted at 9:47 PM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 11:14:56-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A Fort Myers woman says Buccaneers Quarterback, Tom Brady's, latest throw is an insult to her family's legacy. She's referring to the viral video of Brady tossing the coveted Lombardi trophy across the water during a Super Bowl celebration boat parade.

"It just upset me that this trophy was disgraced and disrespected by being thrown as if it was a real football," said Lorraine Grohs. Grohs is the daughter of Greg Grohs, the master silversmith at Tiffany and Company from 1967 to 1994, who crafted the very first Vince Lombardi Trophy.

"I have a big history of this trophy being made by my father 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," said Grohs.

Grohs also described sleepless nights, feeling upset that the passion and pride her father put into the trophy was taken so lightly.

"I've seen this trophy being made at the factory at Tiffany's and it's a beautiful trophy. My father had to chisel the seams, he had to chisel the seams by hand. There is a newspaper article that shows him working on that trophy. The ball is hand-formed and the base is as well," Grohs explained.

Grohs isn't much of a football fan, but she always waits for the end of the Super Bowl, for one specific 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…. like right now I'm getting goosebumps," said Grohs.

Now Grohs is asking something of Brady, the seven-time Super Bowl winner.

"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."