KUSA - One Denver family chose to take the phrase huge fan literally, fabricating a larger-than-life-sized replica of the Vince Lombardi Trophy they hope the Denver Broncos will take home Sunday at Super Bowl XLVIII.
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Bob Schmitz, along with his son Joseph, and his nephew Lucas Noble have been working since the weekend on the 13-foot-2-inch replica.
"Last Saturday, the three of us worked all day with building the interior structure, which is made out of wood and some sheet metal," Bob said, "At the end of Sunday, we had all the skins of the football cut, the football structure complete and the base structure mostly done."
Joseph is a Aerospace Engineering student at the University of Colorado who detailed the CAD drawings they would need for parts and pieces.
Bob is the owner of Frontier Roofing Systems, and after his son returned to school for the week, his coworkers stepped in and finished the sheet metal work Monday and Tuesday.
Wednesday marks day five of the build.
Bob, his son and nephew, also fabricated a giant replica of the Stanley Cup in 2001 when the Colorado Avalanche won the championship. At that time, his son was nine and his nephew was 10 years old.
Bob hopes to drive the monster Lombardi Trophy around Denver before the game (by tipping it on a hinge on his trailer so it does not violate any height restrictions), and will then display it at his Super Bowl party.
If the Broncos win the Super Bowl, Bob's dream is to have the trophy in the victory parade, get it signed by the team, and auction it off to Peyton Manning's charity.
But, one thing at a time. Construction should be complete by the end of the week.
The family has submitted the dimensions to the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest replica of the trophy in the world.
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