Ravens take hands-off approach to Lombardi Trophy

Ravens take hands-off approach to Lombardi Trophy
January 25, 2013, 11:45 am

So much for keeping their eyes on the prize.

Oh, the Ravens are thinking plenty about winning the NFL’s ultimate prize, the Vince Lombardi Trophy. But as they begin preparations to face San Francisco in the Super Bowl next week, they want nothing to do with the actual trophy.

CBS, which will broadcast the game next Sunday, brought the Lombardi Trophy to the Ravens practice facility this week to shoot some promotional video, but at the request of linebacker Ray Lewis, the trophy was removed from the shoot.

In hockey it’s considered bad luck for a player to touch the Stanley Cup before he’s won it, and the Ravens, led by Lewis, apparently agree with that hands-off approach. 

“You see (the Lombardi Trophy here and) everybody wants to have you take pictures with it,” Lewis said. “Like I told my team, don’t ever take pictures with nothing that’s not yours, nothing that you haven’t earned. … Whoever holds that Lombardi next Sunday, you’ve earned it when you touch it.”

Lewis, who has said that hoisting the Lombardi Trophy with late owner Art Modell after Super Bowl XXXV ranks as the highlight of his career, is one of just four Ravens who has played in the Super Bowl. But all the Ravens seemed to agree with him that when it came to the trophy.

“I’m not superstitious or anything, but I don’t want to see something that’s not rightfully ours yet,” running back Ray Rice said.

“The goal is to go down there and win it. I don’t want to see it. We have the Lamar Hunt (Trophy, given to the AFC champion.) … I don’t want to see the Super Bowl trophy unless it’s rightfully ours.”

Added defensive tackle Arthur Jones: “I think everyone pretty much had the same understanding. We didn’t want to see the trophy. .... That trophy we don’t own yet. We have to earn it.”