Tech’s other national championship trophy

The trophy

The trophy

In the foyer of Georgia Tech’s Edge Center, in a large glass cabinet sits the national championship trophy Georgia Tech earned in 1990. It’s the first thing visitors see as they walk into the expansive room.

The message is clear: This is what we have done. This is what we can do.

But there’s another trophy honoring that team. It’s one few Tech fans have seen.

After being proudly displayed by Bobby Ross, the coach that led Tech to its 11-0-1 record, outside his office, it was relegated to a closet by his successor, Bill Lewis.

But now it’s back, courtesy of the man who made it.

The plaque on the base.

The plaque on the base.

Danny Farrer grew up in Louisville, Ga. He enrolled in Tech and served as a trainer for Bobby Dodd and Bud Carson, eventually graduating with a degree in building construction in 1969.

He followed the Yellow Jackets through the years from his residence in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

And then things started happening in 1990. They beat N.C. State, South Carolina and Clemson. They tied North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Farrer began to realize that the Yellow Jackets were doing something special. After they upset No. 1 Virginia, 41-38, in Charlottesville,  he wanted to show his enthusiasm for his team’s accomplishment.

He was working with Corian, the same material that kitchen countertops are constructed from, for Dupont. He had a lot of spare parts sitting around, so little by little he began to design and construct a trophy. Ninety days later, it was done. When put on its base, the trophy is 64 inches tall, with four columns stretching from the bottom to the top. It looks like granite with a silver cup on top and a plaque on the base that reads:

National Champions

1990

This unique trophy was designed and built

by Precision Industries

in honor of Ga. Tech’s 1990 National Championship

ON LOAN FROM GA. TECH LETTERWINNER’S CLUB

Ross came to speak to the Atlanta letterwinner’s club during the spring of 1991 and Farrer gave him the trophy. Ross put it outside the door of his office.

When Farrer would drive from his home to Tennessee back to Louisville, he would stop in and see Ross and his trophy.

After Ross left for the NFL, Lewis put the trophy away.

Farrer learned what happened the next time he visited the letterwinner’s club. They had taken possession of the trophy. Farrer wanted it back to help him advertise a collegiate merchandising company he used to own.

Because this is the 20th anniversary of the championship team, Farrer was trying to contact someone at Tech to see if they would like the trophy back. When Middle Tennessee State came to play, Farrer, who is also a fan of the Blue Raiders, came to watch.

Finally, someone put him in touch with Wayne Hogan, Tech’s associate athletic director, and they began to exchange e-mails.

“It is a very nice gesture that you want to return this piece to Georgia Tech Athletics,” Hogan wrote as part of an email.

“This is great news. I’m sure you’ll find appropriate times to display this piece,” Farrer responded.

So on Wednesday, during a horrible rain storm, Farrer brought the trophy home.

Hogan asked if he wanted anything in exchange.

A true fan, the only thing he wanted was his photo taken with the Ramblin’ Wreck. His request was granted.

Farrer owns a ‘31 Ford, which he inherited from his father. He wants to fix it up for Middle Tennessee State to use, so he used the photo shoot as a chance to exercise his engineer’s curiosity about the mirrors, flag-holders and running board on the Wreck.

He said he’s not sure if he’s coming back for the championship reunion, scheduled for the weekend of the Nov. 13 game against Miami. Hogan said they will take the trophy to the events for the team. And then it may be added to one of Tech’s trophy cases at the Edge Center.

It doesn’t matter to Farrer. He has the memories of the team…and the trophy.

“That was a magical year for us,” he said.

82 comments Add your comment

superDawg

October 28th, 2010
10:51 am

Now thats funny tek manufacturing their own NC trophy.BWAHAHAHAH!

rduck

October 28th, 2010
11:00 am

About as funny as Mark Richt manufacturing his own tan in a can!! BAHAHAHAHA!

Buzz29

October 28th, 2010
11:03 am

ManUp...

October 28th, 2010
11:03 am

Ignoring any Dawgs taking pot shots (and we all know “pot” and “shots” are two things Athens has an abundance of), I say this is a great gesture. This is called fan support. I wish we still had it to this level.

And, by the way, old Fords being used as mascots by other schools is lame. Don’t build one for MTSU. But I guess imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. North Texas uses one too, I hear.

superDawg

October 28th, 2010
11:08 am

fan support buy a ticket.

michael

October 28th, 2010
11:14 am

i live on st simons and i’m up to my neck in dawgs. went out last night and lordy are they stupid!

JW

October 28th, 2010
11:22 am

superdawg wasn’t even an itch in his daddy’s drawers when U(sic)GA won a national title last

superDawg

October 28th, 2010
11:31 am

JW I have seen UGA beat tek longer than you have been alive.I was 24 yrs old when UGA won their NC, concensus at that.

superDawg

October 28th, 2010
11:32 am

That means unbeaten and untied.

Jack-et Offs

October 28th, 2010
11:34 am

I see tech fans all the time here in Cobb County, and lordy they are fruity!

Habersham Dawg

October 28th, 2010
11:42 am

It’s good to see and read about these kind of stories. Mr. Ferrar built a quality trophy for the Champion 1990 team and I’m glad to see that Tech wanted it back. He’s the kind of fan alumni that every school needs in abundance.

michael

October 28th, 2010
11:42 am

maybe you should lay off the fruit. wrong side of town???

To superDawg(sic)

October 28th, 2010
11:47 am

Read the article first, or least have someone to explain all the big words to you. The trophy Ferrar built was an alumni contribution. The official trophy (THE CRYSTAL FOOTBALL) sits in the foyer of Georgia Tech Edge Center.

To superDawg(sic)

October 28th, 2010
11:50 am

Thank you Habersham Dawg. My comments to superDawg are not directed at all UGA fans. I happen to get along with most of you, including my mother-in-law.

Golden Tornado

October 28th, 2010
11:51 am

I remember that Ken Swilling, before the 1990 season, looked at Tech’s prospects and said he thought that the Yellow Jackets would be somewhere in the neighborhood of 11 wins. What a prophet! And he was a big reason Tech won the National Championship in the season that followed.

JW

October 28th, 2010
11:53 am

superDawg

You lead the head to head, but GT has more NC….it’s kind of like your prom date….. You took her to the dance (UGA) but the other guy $%#^ed her (GT) after you dropped her off.

michael

October 28th, 2010
11:53 am

where is ken swilling?

AtWork

October 28th, 2010
11:54 am

Superdawgie is just mad that someone knocked over his beer can tower from their championship…

JW

October 28th, 2010
11:55 am

Dawg fans on a GT blog as jealous as ever….it must be the annual “Urban is Richt’s daddy” time of the year

don’t worry mutts, you may actually have a shot at improving your 3-17 since 1990 record

dawgfan

October 28th, 2010
11:55 am

Great story Roberson but you forgot that there are no Tech fans on North Avenue this week, just Florida fans. Try writing one of these pieces when Georgia isn’t playing a big SEC opponent. You might get more interest from the Techies.

To superDawg(sic)

October 28th, 2010
11:56 am

It seems that my earlier comment was eaten by the internet or the fickle blog editors. It really wasn’t that bad. I was just explaining to superDawg that the alumni created trophy was not the only trophy that Georgia Tech received in 1990. We also received the official Crystal Football.

Drago

October 28th, 2010
11:56 am

Everybody knows that Colorado won the National championship in 1990. So it is not surprising that any trophy tek would have would be made out of cabinet countertops. It is pretty much a given that any national champion team would not tie North Carolina and would certainly not play in the Citrus bowl.

GDBurdell

October 28th, 2010
11:57 am

techies only support the team AFTER they win

GDBurdell

October 28th, 2010
11:59 am

where is your warcraft national chamsionship trophy

To Drago

October 28th, 2010
12:01 pm

The alumni created trophy was in addition to the official trophy. The official Crystal Football trophy is there on display. Go see it if you don’t believe me. Any national champion would not need a 5th down to keep a drive alive either.

michael

October 28th, 2010
12:03 pm

gdburdell-don’t assume. i always have been with my team even in the worst of times. i actually wait until the time is off the clock on radio games no matter the out come.

Drago

October 28th, 2010
12:09 pm

I agree, Colorado was the 1990 National Champions. Colorado was a little bit more than the Dunkel Index Champions. Colorado beat Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl—a major bowl. tek beat Neb in the Cirtus—not a major bowl.

michael

October 28th, 2010
12:16 pm

notre dame ran the ball back for the winning score but was flagged.

Rodney Dangerfield

October 28th, 2010
12:23 pm

Wow, now dawg fans are trying to deny history.

Yellow!

October 28th, 2010
12:31 pm

Drago must not have been alive in 1990 if he really thinks Colorado deserved that national title. They lost a game too Illinois(8-4)…and also tied with a (8-2-2) Tennessee team. Georgia Tech tied with UNC on the road and did not have another blemish on the record…they also beat a #1 team. In addition they played Nebraska, who also played Colorado, and Tom Osbourne voted for GT over UC in the coaches poll. Osbourne thought GT was better than Colorado in 1990. Even with out taking into account the 5th down game(which saved Colorado from taking another loss @ Mizzou), and the phantom clipping call against ND….GT still has a stronger claim to the NC from that year. That GT team would have beaten anyone they lined up against…its not their fault they did not have the chance.

Drago

October 28th, 2010
12:37 pm

I hear all of this tekkian propaganda. You don’t fool me, if you had a real National Championship Trophy, why would you need one made out of Counter top?

reebok

October 28th, 2010
12:46 pm

that’s pretty cool-looking. nice story

Burdell

October 28th, 2010
12:46 pm

We have the same trophy from our 1990 championship that all those other SEC teams have that have won national championships recently….the crystal football.

Ask Orson Charles…he dropped one while on a recruiting trip at Florida. That is the closest any Bulldog is going to get to one.

Burdell

October 28th, 2010
12:48 pm

Yellow Fuzz

October 28th, 2010
12:49 pm

My friends at Piedmont Park say us Tech boys are excellent frisbee throwers! Maybe we could bring a trophy home!

Gatorman

October 28th, 2010
12:52 pm

Let’s see you doggie brains, you have your National Championship trophy don’t you. From what, the polls? Tech’s may not have been awarded by the Coaches or as we see today CFA, but it is a reminder of the accomplishment that team achieve (including crushing the doggies). What do you have, a card from the Associated Press, who is probably the most political organization in the business. I love it when you run your mouths, what a bunch of dummies.

Cobb jacket

October 28th, 2010
12:53 pm

Nice gesture. Will look real nice next to the real trophy.

Drago

October 28th, 2010
1:04 pm

Hey Gator, I have ya dummy swining, like a ham.

Alan

October 28th, 2010
1:13 pm

All I have to say to the dawgie t__ds is that Athens is a drinking town with a football problem. Get a life, get off our blogs, and start doing something about that football problem of yours.

Brock

October 28th, 2010
1:25 pm

Rocky won.

What is dummy swining? Is that Russian for sleeping with a blowup pig?

ManUp...

October 28th, 2010
1:38 pm

Aw…post blocked.

Was just trying to point out that people can actually go see the Crystal Football from 1990…it lives at the corner of Techwood and Bobby Dodd. This other trophy is just extra support from a proud alumnus.

Then I made fun of Georgia fans…which I guess didn’t get past the editing filters…

CC

October 28th, 2010
2:43 pm

Nice gesture by a devoted fan. Lewis should not have put it away.

We shouldn’t care if a couple of other schools use a vintage car. We all know there is only one real Ramblin’ Wreck, and where it came from. And like ManUp said…imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

layinlow

October 28th, 2010
3:35 pm

Good story. I’m a diehard UGA fan but I have several good friends that played on the Tech 1990 National Championship team. When I moved to North Carolina in 1995 one of the guys who played on that team and I became good very good friends and he came home with me back to Georgia one year for thanksgiving because his family was traveling. My extended family are all die hard Tech fans so they got to see the National Championship ring my friend was wearing so they all got a kick out of that. I will admit because of my friendships with some of the players that year I did pull for them to win out. But never again! lol

GoodDawg

October 28th, 2010
3:42 pm

Nice Story, I can’t wait to see the Wilson arts Laminate trophy to commemorate this season.

Luckydan

October 28th, 2010
3:46 pm

Luckydan, the Trophy maker here. Thanks to those who saw the Trophy for what it is, a gesture from a loyal Tech Fan.To Drago, I used the term Countertop material for your understanding. DuPont Corian is actually a solid surface material composed of acrylic polymer and alumina trihydrate. I didn’t want to stress your Bulldog brain or cause you a trip to the Library to look it up in The Book. I challenge one of your alumni to duplicate my efforts for UGA.

superDawg

October 28th, 2010
4:12 pm

luckydan our trophy is in the history book and we don’t engrave rings when we win one game in a decade.

superDawg

October 28th, 2010
4:15 pm

we do however sell championship rings on line.want one.

Reality Stinks

October 28th, 2010
4:26 pm

I think I will make a trophy for tech called the academic joke National Championship

SC GA Tech Fan

October 28th, 2010
4:36 pm

that would be the only way the UGA GOATS (fact) would get a ring…

Luckydan

October 28th, 2010
4:40 pm

Thanks, Superdawg but I have a ring from GT.
You live in Athens? Want to get something started?
I’ll work with a Georgia group to create the Peach State Trophy.
I actually do pretty good work for an engineer. Google
Palladium Trophy for a look at another piece I helped create.