Arizona Science Center: Gridiron Glory

This week I had the privilege of attending a tour the Arizona Science Center’s “Gridiron Glory” exhibit on the history of American football. {Keep reading for a giveaway for one of you to go visit for yourselves.} As an Arizona Cardinals fan (and former Steeler’s), I was super excited not only to see the Cardinal’s memorabilia, but also the history items, from football birth certificate to the Vince Lombardi trophy. With the recent Super bowl held in Arizona, there have been a few opportunities to see the famed Lombardi trophy. However unlike other venues, the Gridiron Glory exhibit doesn’t have a two hour plus waiting line


 Beyond the trophy the exhibit was broken down in to a few distinct areas. The exhibit opens with the history of football, legacy teams, uniforms, equipment, and plenty of placard with milestones and stories. Another area was the technology of football, from improvements in pads and helmets to in helmet communication systems and failed equipment concepts like the rainy game football dryer, which inadvertently turned a ball into a hardened missile. The third area involved a more modern day informational section, field goal simulator, down field pass targets, wearable shoulder pads and helmets. This section also brings the players to life, from leg casts you can stand in, arm/bicep casts you can’t get your hands around, to hand casts on a palmed football. How do you size up?

Gridiron Glory

For Cardinals fan’s the exhibit also highlights a few home town heroes. Curt Warner and Palmer’s jersey’s to the late Pat Tillman’s military uniform. For those unfamiliar with Tillman’s contributions both on and off the field check out

Gridiron Glory


Finally scattered throughout the exhibit were several media centers demonstrating the science of football, history lessons, great moments, all with touch screen interfaces and most with multiple selections to choose from. The Gridiron exhibit was a great blend of history, technology, science, and fun! The exhibit has something for everyone, football fan, science fan, or those just looking for something unique to see and enjoy!

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Disclaimer: I was provided the opportunity to visit the AZ Science Center through a campaign with Blended Extended. All opinions are my own.
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  1. This would be awesome to see, but I know hubby is dying to see it! He is a huge football fan!!

  2. Jennifer Taylor Clark says

    Would be very excited to visit the AZ Science Center! Thanks for the chance!

  3. We love the science center. ♡

  4. Leilani Castillo says

    This would be a great experience for our family as we’ve never been.

  5. I would love to go to the science center as would my kids. I have never been to the one here.

  6. Stephanie says

    This would be awesome to surprise the hubby with, we were bummed we didn’t do the whole NFL thing when it was here for the Super Bowl.

  7. We are very excited because my family loves sports, and I’m a big science geek.