PHOTO: The New Orleans Bowl MVP trophy is wonderful

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

So, which would you prefer if you won the New Orleans Bowl MVP: some sort of plate or plaque, another trophy of a golden football player like the participation trophy you got in fourth-grade peewee, or this?

Via SBNation, The Advertiser has the story on the helmet, which was painted by former Louisiana-Lafayette student and "sports artist" Thomas "Tuna" Seither:

"They came to me with the concept and said 'Let's do something totally different'," said Seither. "I thought it was a great idea. I thought we should build it around the New Orleans Bowl logos" ...

Seither started with a new modern football helmet and painted it much like he would a canvas in colors of green, gold and purple, reminiscent of Mardi Gras. There is also the image of the Superdome and a Bourbon Street lamp post on the top of the helmet and the 'MVP' letters on the visor in a burst of colors.

"I tried to treat it just like a painting or a canvas and I didn't let anything inhibit me," said Seither. "As you look at the detail, that's the detail I would have gotten on a painting. People are going nuts over it. I think people relate to a football helmet. It gets people going."

We don't blame those people at all. Let's also hope that one of those people is Terrance Broadway -- the Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback won New Orleans Bowl MVP honors after completing 21-of-32 passes for 317 yards and a touchdown while adding 108 yards and another score on the ground.

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