Tom Brady not only won the Super Bowl last Sunday, he won the hearts of millions of fans.
The former Patriots stalwart powered Tampa Bay Buccaneers to their second championship victory, all while clinching his record seventh Vince Lombardi Trophy as Brady and the company thrashed Kansas City Chiefs 31-10 at the Raymond James Stadium.
A historic win for both the 43-year-old quarterback and Bruce Arians’ boys meant an exquisite celebration that followed suit during the Super Bowl LV championship parade.
During the team’s boat parade, Brady had tossed the trophy to tight end Rob Gronkowski, daringly imitating the passing and receiving act but between two boats. A clip of the throw went viral on Twitter as well.
While the Brady and Bucs fanbase went crazy over the gesture, it has upset Lorraine Grohs, the daughter of Greg Grohs who is the original craftsman of the coveted trophy.
This trophy was disgraced and disrespected: Grohs wants an apology from Tom Brady
As quoted by Leslie DelasBour of FOX 4 Southwest Florida, Lorraine Grohs found offense in the way Brady had thrown her father’s timeless creation, feeling that it was disrespectful to the trophy.
“It just upset me that this trophy was disgraced and disrespected by being thrown as if it was a real football,” Grohs stated, “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.”
Greg Grohs was the master silversmith at Tiffany and Company from 1967 to 1994 and crafted the first ever Vince Lombardi Trophy back in 1967, which was first awarded to the Green Bay Packers after they defeated the Chiefs at Super Bowl I.
“My father had to chisel the seams, he had to chisel the seams by hand,” the daughter went on, “there is a newspaper article that shows him working on that trophy. The ball is hand-formed and the base is as well.”
Moreover, Grohs asserted that Tom Brady owes her family as well the other craftsmen, pro football players and fans an apology.
“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,” she added.