Fair Lawn resident Stuart Pace has known for two weeks that the Miami Dolphins flag design he submitted in June for the NFL's Fan Flag Challenge had . But until today, he had never seen it.
The contest, which asked football fans to create an original design for their favorite team's flag to be used as a guideline for the team's actual flag, did not require contestants to visually illustrate the flag.
Posessing a level of artistic skill that he described as "childish," Pace chose to submit his flag entry in words only.
As he explained it the NFL, the flag should depict the Miami skyline in sunset with a palm tree on either side in Dolphins' aqua and coral. The giant aqua and coral silhouette of a quarterback poised in a throwing motion sits atop the city skyline with the word "Tradition" and the Dolphins' old logo printed below.
On Wednesday morning, Pace received the NFL's rendering of his design instructions and immediately made it his timeline cover on Facebook.
While the design is not perfect, it's pretty darn close.
"My original thought was to have the QB in the middle with palm trees on either end and the 1970s logo," Pace said. "But it is for this year's kickoff, so I understand the current logo being used. All in all, I am very excited to have designed this for my team."
As the Dolphins' representative, Pace will carry his team flag during the NFL's opening night Kickoff Ceremony at Rockefeller Center in New York City.
He and a guest will also receive a two-night stay at the New York Marriott Marquis, the opportunity to participate in the NFL's Kickoff activities at Rockefeller Center and VIP tickets to the opening night Giants-Cowboys game.