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.
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.
Our Floyd mini and Heartland mini both check in about 3 inches tall, and goes about 5 inches from snout to tail. They’re the perfect mini additions to any Hawkeye collection and will serve as an excellent desk buddy or ornament on the Christmas tree.