The Super Bowl LI Lombardi trophy was involved in a Maine car/deer accident.
According to CBS Boston, an unnamed couple was on its way to the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine with its cargo when they struck and killed a deer. The animal apparently totaled the vehicle because Maine State Trooper Tyler Maloon then had to give them a ride.
Maloon no doubt responds to a lot of car-deer incidents in the line of duty, but he quickly found out this was one he would never forget. He wrote about the incident in a Facebook post:
"So, I cover a car deer crash in Fairfield and end up giving the operator and his wife a ride to the Pittsfield Irvings. As we're driving they begin talking about an event they're going to at the Cross Insurance Center, stating "the trophy" has to be there at such and such a time, and that they'll have to head back after for opening day at Fenway for a presentation there. Naturally, I ask what trophy. They then tell me that he works for the Patriots and that the Lombardi Trophy is in my cruiser! My mind was blown, seriously what are the odds! A story for the ages!"
The Patriots won this latest NFL championship after an especially dramatic comeback from 25 points down against the Atlanta Falcons.
While it sounds like they were in a hurry, the couple was still nice enough to let the trooper pose for a photo before they went on their way.