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 little bull checks in about 3 inches tall, and goes about 5 inches from snout to tail. He’s the perfect mini addition to a Hawkeye or Badger collection and will serve as an excellent desk buddy or ornament on the Christmas tree.