There may not be a more iconic college football trophy than Floyd of Rosedale, who represents over 80 years of the Iowa-Minnesota rivalry.
In 1935 the governors of Iowa and Minnesota agreed that the winner of the Hawkeye and Golden Gopher gridiron battle would receive a prize hog from the downtrodden governor’s home state. Following a hard-fought 13-6 victory, the Gophers were presented an Iowa hog from Rosedale Farms. One year later it was decided that trading a live pig back and forth was just not a good idea. So Floyd, our 98 lb. friend, was sculpted and has been awarded to the winning school each year since. Among the nation’s greatest rivalry trophies, Floyd of Rosedale exemplifies Big Ten tradition.
Our Floyd checks in at around 6 lbs., stands 12 inches tall and is 13 inches from tail to snout.
And while The Heartland Trophy is a baby by comparison, the trophy does represent the Iowa-Wisconsin rivalry that dates all the way back to 1894.
The Iowa-Wisconsin football rivalry dates all the way back to 1894, however it wasn’t until 2004 that the annual winner of this Big Ten contest was awarded a prize to take back to Iowa City or Madison.
The athletic directors at both schools decided that such a competitive conference rivalry was in need of a trophy befitting the hard fought games played over the years, and the bronze bull was chosen as the perfect symbol. There is no conference series that has been as close and competitive as the one between the Hawkeyes and Badgers.
And though The Heartland Trophy is among the youngest of all conference rivalry trophies, it represents over 100 years of Big Ten tradition.
The bull checks in at around 7 lbs., stands 12 inches tall and is 13 inches from tail to snout.
Another youngster, The Heroes Trophy, celebrates the Iowa-Nebraska rivalry, one that goes all the way back to 1891.
Iowa and Nebraska played with relative regularity through World War II. However the teams wouldn’t play from 1946 – 1979, and only four more times before Nebraska’s entrance into the Big Ten in 2011. And it was in 2011 that the Heroes Game Trophy was unveiled. The Heroes Game annually honors citizens of the great states of Iowa and Nebraska who exemplify was it means to be an everyday hero, and it takes the opportunity to raise funds for a non-profit organization in each state. Though the Heroes Game Trophy is a relative newcomer to the Big Ten Rivalry Trophy Family, it represents over 125 years of incredible Hawkeye and Cornhusker tradition.
Our replica checks in at about 7 1/2 lbs., standing 15 inches and roughly 7 inches wide. It’s perfect for that Husker or Hawkeye who’s looking to celebrate well over a century of Heartland Tradition.
The Hawkeye collection will include three trophies, all perfect for the mantle, office or wherever you display your Hawkeye pride! Purchasing the trophies individually would cost $273. Purchasing the Hawkeye Collection as a set will bring that cost down to $240.