Eli Manning is probably not envisioning Bill Belichick’s name on this thing. (Chris O'Meara / AP)

Luckily, he will not.

The Hall of Fame wide receiver said that if it were up to him — and boy howdy thank the Big Guy it is not — he would christen the Lombardi Trophy the “Lombardi/Belichick Trophy.”


“I think the world of [New England Patriots Coach Bill] Belichick,” Irvin told the Boston Herald. “I told him this, ‘Man, if it was up to me, that 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. I would call it the Lombardi/Belichick.”

The trophy has been named for Lombardi, who’s kind of a big deal, since his death in 1970 and, no offense to Belichick and all he’s accomplished, it should stay that way. As Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith put it:

“If we’re going to add Belichick’s name, why not also add the name of four-time Super Bowl-winning coach Chuck Noll? Or three-time Super Bowl-winning coaches Bill Walsh and Joe Gibbs? Or two-time Super Bowl-winning coaches Jimmy Johnson, Tom Coughlin, Mike Shanahan, Tom Landry and Don Shula? Maybe we should call it the Lombardi/Belichick/Noll/Walsh/Gibbs/Johnson/Coughlin/Shanahan/Landry/Shula Trophy.”

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