Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes did NOT hand a fan the Lombardi trophy during the team’s Super Bowl parade, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.
The Chiefs’ wild celebrations made headlines around the world, and one moment in particular got fans talking – after Mahomes appeared to give a fan in the crowd the trophy.
But, after the footage went viral on Thursday, we can now exclusively reveal that – despite multiple reports – the quarterback was in fact handling a near-perfect replica
Speaking to DailyMail.com, the trophy’s owner Vinnie Garofalo opened up about his one-on-one interaction with the 27-year-old quarterback.
‘I own a Chiefs backer bar in Buffalo – Casey’s Black Rock – and am a Chiefs super fan for 30+ years. I decided to go to my second parade in four years and to bring my replica Lombardi trophy along for the ride,’ he said on Thursday.Most of them came up and celebrated with the trophy. Mahomes then joined in, took the trophy, walked around with it for a bit, handed it to Kadarius Toney and then walked it back over and took a selfie with me and then left,’ Garofolo added.
‘That’s pretty much exactly what happened. It was a pretty awesome fan moment for sure.’
It wasn’t for other Chiefs fans, however. Most of them thought Mahomes produced a blunder by forgetting the trophy and had their hearts in their mouths.
The exchange between the Chiefs super fan and the team’s star quarterback came three days after the two-time Super Bowl MVP had 182 yards passing and three touchdowns in a 38-35 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Mahomes aggravated an ankle injury late in the Super Bowl’s second quarter, but fought through the injury to lead Andy Reid to his third Super Bowl.
Garofalo (Chiefs jacket) poses for a snap with his replica of the Lombardi trophy with friends