This Sunday’s game between Cowboys and Chiefs has been one of the most anticipated in the 2021 season. This not only represents the clash between two contenders for the Super Bowl, but the first official duel between Dak Prescott and Patrick Mahomes. However, the match will have something else at stake: a historic trophy.
This is the Preston Road Trophy, created in 1998 by the late Lamar Hunt, owner of the Chiefs at the time. This trophy symbolizes the rivalry between the owners of both teams, but in a friendly way. This is because Lamar Hunt and Jerry Jones (owner of the Cowboys) lived at that time on the same street: Preston Road, Dallas.
Since its inception, this trophy has been in dispute every time the Cowboys and Chiefs meet, regardless of the occasion: preseason, regular season, or postseason. The owner of the winning team keeps the trophy until the next time they meet. And so says the inscription on the trophy, along with its creation date:
“Created in friendship on December 13, 1998, on the occasion of the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Dallas Cowboys. It will remain in the possession of the winner until the next game between the two teams “.
— Aaron Ladd (@aaronladd0) November 16, 2021
In fact, Jerry Jones recently spoke about the history of this trophy and his rivalry with Lamar Hunt.
“He built something that looks like a birdhouse”Jones said at 105.3 The Fan last Tuesday. “He fixed it really well, about 25 or 26 years ago, and he presented it to me as the Preston Road Trophy. He said that whether it was preseason or regular season, the winner would get the trophy. (…) They won the first match we had. We don’t play that often against them. And they won “.
It is worth mentioning that, although Lamar Hunt passed away in 2006, the tradition of the trophy between both teams continues. Now it is Clark Hunt, Lamar’s son and current president and co-owner of the Chiefs, who maintains this symbolic rivalry with Jerry Jones. Even Clark also has an anecdote about the creation of the trophy.
“When he went to pick up the trophy from the gentleman who built it for him, the bill was $ 50 or something like that, and my dad was very offended by that. He said, ‘Look, no respectable trophy costs less than $ 100.’ So he gave him $ 100. “
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) November 18, 2021
The first game between the Cowboys and Chiefs after the creation of the trophy took place on December 13, 1998. Kansas City beat Dallas 20-17, and Lamar Hunt kept the trophy until the next time. Since the Preston Road Trophy has been up for grabs, the two teams have met five times in the regular season, going 3-2 in favor of the Cowboys.
Right now, it’s Jerry Jones who has the Preston Road Trophy in his possession. This after the Cowboys beat the Chiefs 28-17 in their most recent game, which took place in November 2017 at AT&T Stadium. Now, the trophy will be in dispute again this Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. And the Chiefs president hopes Jones will take it with him.
“I ran into Jerry about a month ago, and reminded him to bring the trophy.”Clark Hunt said in statements collected by Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News. “We’ll see if it complies, but we plan to get it back”.
Clark Hunt on trying to get Preston Road Trophy back from Jerry Jones: “I ran into Jerry about a month ago and I reminded him that he needed to bring the trophy. We’ll see if he follows through, but we plan on getting it back for sure.”
— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) November 18, 2021
Aside from this token trophy, this week’s Cowboys-Chiefs matchup has many special ingredients. Chief among them is the duel between two of the highest paid quarterbacks today: Dak Prescott and Patrick Mahomes. Additionally, this is a key game where both teams will have to prove whether or not they are potential Super Bowl contenders. Without a doubt, this will be a clash that no one will want to miss.