Green Bay Packers fan Allen Bidwell was the first in line when the Lombardi Trophy landed at Fort Hood Thursday.

And that’s quite appropriate, said the Army veteran, pointing out that Vince Lombardi — the trophy’s namesake — was the coach of the Green Bay Packers.

The recognizable Super Bowl trophy is part of a traveling USAA exhibit that features other NFL artifacts and an “interactive football game where you actually play the quarterback position,” said Dan Mishket, a military affairs representative for USAA.

Bidwell said the event was fun, but his main goal was to come and have a good look at the trophy. He took photos with it, too. The former sergeant had the opportunity to draw some NFL game tickets to go see the Cowboys play.

“They asked if I wanted to try for the Cowboys tickets,” said the Packers fan. “I said you got to be kidding.”

A steady stream of soldiers, veterans and military families posed for photos with the Lombardi Trophy and threw the football as part of the interactive quarterback feature.

Sgt. Desmond Simpson, 33, with the 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade, dropped by the exhibit in front of the Clear Creek Shopping Center during his lunch hour. He said it was fun, and he was impressed with the trophy.

“I’ve never seen it in person before,” he said.

Simpson’s fellow soldier from the brigade, Sgt. James Tanguay said he heard about the event on the news and decided to come check it out.

“It was awesome,” he said.

As part of USAA’s Salute to Service Tour, the trophy and other features were set up at the Clear Creek Shopping Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The 77-day tour started in September and is visiting military installations across the country. Before arriving to Fort Hood, it was at Fort Campbell, Ky.. Last weekend, it moved to the Randolph Air Show in San Antonio.

Contact Jacob Brooks jbrooks@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7468

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