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Numbering System

The Number System is a system by which players in the NFL wear uniform numbers based on the position they play. It was instituted into the league on April 5, 1973, as a means for officials (referees, linesmen) to more easily identify players on the field by their position.

Number allocations

• Quarterbacks: 1-19
• Running backs: 20-49
• Wide receivers: 80-89, 11-19 if all are taken
• Tight ends: 80-89, 11-19 or 40-49 if all are taken
• Centers: 50-59, 60-79 if all are taken
• Offensive linemen: 60-79
• Defensive linemen: 60-79 and 90-99
• Linebackers: 50-59 and 90-99
• Defensive backs: 20-49
• Placekickers and punters: 1-19

Although centers are supposed to wear numbers 50-59, they usually end up wearing 60-79, due to high amounts of linemen. It's actually little-known that centers are supposed to wear numbers 50-59, since they're usually seen wearing an offensive line number.

New Orleans Saints RB Reggie Bush petitioned the NFL to let him keep the number 5 which he used at USC. His request was later denied. This has opened debates as to possibly changing the current numbering system to a more flexible one, perhaps mirroring the college rules.


The Vince Lombardi Trophy is the trophy awarded each year to the winning team of the National Football League's annual championship game, the Super B. It is considered to be the NFL's most prestigious award. The trophy was originally called the "World Championship Game Trophy" when the Super B was originally named the AFL-NFL World Championship Game. It was renamed in 1970 in honor of legendary Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi.

Since Super B XXX, it is presented to the winning team's owner on the field following the game. Previously, the trophy was presented inside the winning team's locker room.

Each trophy is handcrafted by Tiffany & Co. master artisans at their workshop in Parsippany, New Jersey and is valued at $12,500. The trophy depicts a regulation-size football in kicking position that is made entirely of sterling silver. It stands 22 inches (55 cm) tall, weighs seven pounds (3 kg), and takes approximately four months and 72 man-hours to create. The words "Vince Lombardi Trophy" and the NFL logo are engraved on the base. After the trophy is awarded, it is sent back to Tiffany & Co. to be engraved with the winning team's name.

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