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.
The Heroes Trophy celebrates the rivalry with the Conrhuskers and 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.
The Cy-Hawk Trophy became a traveling trophy, though the current version dates back to 2012. However it celebrates a rivalry that dates all the way back to 1894, and when it comes to the in-state battle involving the Cyclones, it sometimes means a little bit more.
All four Hawkeye mini trophies check in about 3 inches tall. They’re the perfect mini additions to any Hawkeye collection and will serve as an excellent desk buddies or ornaments on the Christmas tree.
Please note that we will be ready to ship both the mini Heroes and mini Cy-Hawk next weekend (March 17) so any order now will not be received until the days that follow.