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NFL's Lombardi Trophy undamaged after accident with deer in Maine

By The Sports Xchange
NFL's Lombardi Trophy undamaged after accident with deer in Maine
New England Patriots players celebrate with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston on February 5, 2017. The Patriots came from behind to defeat the Falcons 34-28 in overtime. File photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

The Lombardi Trophy reportedly is safe and sound after the car that was carrying it was involved in a run-in with a deer in Fairfield, Maine.

The incident happened on Friday night while a New England Patriots employee was taking the trophy to be displayed at an event in Bangor. Team spokesman Stacey James confirmed the accident on Saturday and said the unnamed employee was not hurt and the trophy was unscatched.

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Maine State Trooper Tyler Maloon responded to the situation and gave the employee, his wife and the trophy a ride on Friday before picking up a story to tell on social media.

"So, I cover a car deer crash in Fairfield and end up giving the operator and his wife a ride to the Pittsfield Irvings," Maloon wrote on Facebook Saturday. "As we're driving they begin talking about an event they're going to at the Cross Insurance Center, stating "the trophy" has to be there at such and such a time, and that they'll have to head back after for opening day at Fenway for a presentation there. Naturally, I ask what trophy. They then tell me that he works for the Patriots and that the Lombardi Trophy is in my cruiser! My mind was blown, seriously what are the odds! A story for the ages!"

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Perhaps much like the game itself as the Patriots rallied from a 25-point deficit to upend the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime and claim their fifth Super Bowl title.

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