SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – The National Championship trophy made an appearance at the Spartanburg studio of 7News on Thursday.
Clemson National Championship Trophy Manager Charley Green brought it by so Fred and Tracy could see it.
Fred, a huge Christmas Story movie fan, called the trophy “Clemson’s major award.”
The trophy is made at a foundry in New York State.
It’s the same place the Oscar statues are made.
It’s made of 24-karat gold, Stainless steel, and bronze.
The entire trophy weighs 52 lbs with the base.
The part of the trophy you saw players holding weighs 22 lbs.
Greem says one of the biggest jobs of the trophy manager is keeping fans from touching the trophy.
“The funny thing is that we don’t even touch it. We try to keep our fingers off of it. We have a felt cover that goes over the gold piece so we don’t have to handle it. But yeah especially when they win and you see your team groping it, licking it, and kissing it, all the fans want to do that to but we had to clean it up after the game and we want to keep it clean for Clemson,” said Green.
YOU CAN GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN WITH THE TROPHY
Clemson football fans will have two chances this week to pose for pictures with the National Championship trophy won by the Tigers early Tuesday morning.
The brand new 24K trophy – the same one presented on the field in Tampa, Florida early Tuesday morning to the Tigers – will be at Walmart on Eighteen Mile Road in Central on Thursday from 4:00 – 7:00 pm.
The trophy will also be on display on Friday from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at Walmart in Easley on Rolling Hills Circle. Fans will be able to view and have their photo taken with the trophy.
Fans are asked to arrive early for the photo opportunities because the trophy must be returned to Clemson University at 7:00 pm both days.
Clemson won the College Football Playoff Championship with a thrilling 35-31 victory over Alabama.
The trophy took three months to build by craftsmen at Polich Tallix in Rock Tavern, New York. The trophy will be on permanent display at Clemson University.