The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California played host to Super Bowl XXI on January 25th, 1987. The biggest game of the year featured the NFC New York Giants and the AFC Denver Broncos. Phil Simms led the offensive side of the New York Giants game, leading them to a thirty point second half. The intense defense of the Giants “Big Blue Wrecking Crew”, led by Harry Carson and Lawrence Taylor, stifled the great John Elway’s offensive attack. The Giants explosive second half gave them an impressive 39-20 victory.
This straight 1980’s foam snapback cap is an officially licensed piece produced by the National Football League exclusively for Super Bowl XXI. The NFL trademark signature is stamped on the front panel within the official Super Bowl logo. The commemorative logo is screen printed onto the cap. The rose within the logo is a modified image of the one which sits upon the main entrance of the Pasadena palace. It is a snap back, six panel cap that reflects the helmet designs of both the New York Giants and the Denver Broncos. The team helmet logos are screen printed onto the foam dyed, team colored side panels. The team’s helmet stripe’s run through the top of the crown with a white poly clothed button resting atop the crown. The brim of the cap is also wrapped in white poly fabric with a white under lip. White taping crosses across the inside foam crown with a white sweatband circling around the inside edge.
This cap is a true reflection of the time in which it was created. This piece captures the legendary imprints of some of the games greatest players playing on the games biggest stage.
Text: Jared E. Wheeler