Born in Brooklyn in 1913, Vince Lombardi received a football scholarship to the Bronx's nationally ranked Fordham University in 1933. An undersized guard, his notorious grit and determination enabled him to play a key role as one of Fordham's "Seven Blocks of Granite."
Following his college football career, Lombardi started as a high school coach at St. Cecilia in Englewood, NJ, eventually becoming an assistant at the football powerhouse U.S. Military Academy. After five years at West Point under legendary head coach Col. Earl "Red" Blaik, he broke into the NFL with the New York Giants in a position similar to today's offensive coordinator role. In his third year with the team, Lombardi, along with defensive coordinator Tom Landry, contributed to the Giants' 1956 league championship run.
In a move that would alter the NFL landscape, Lombardi became head coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers in 1959, inheriting a team that had just compiled the worst record in Packers history (1-10-1). Lombardi led the Packers to NFL championships in 1961 and 1962, followed by an unprecedented three consecutive NFL championships from 1965 to 1967, and won the first two Super Bowls, against Kansas City and Oakland, in 1966 and 1967.
On his way to becoming a coaching legend, Lombardi stamped the game with his famous "Packer power sweep," a strategy that dominated pro football for a decade. More than any other football figure, he came to define athletic excellence and a single-minded dedication that made his name synonymous with winning at all costs, often at the price of personal relationships.
Featured interviews in LOMBARDI include: son Vincent Lombardi; daughter Susan Lombardi; brother Harold Lombardi; former players, including New York Giants Sam Huff and Hall of Famer Frank Gifford, Green Bay Packers Dave Robinson, Jerry Kramer and Hall of Famer Bart Starr, and Washington Redskins Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen; broadcaster John Madden; biographer David Maraniss; and writers Ken Hartnett, Jerry Izenberg and Bud Lea.
While with the Washington Redskins organization, Lombardi died of cancer at age 57 on Sept. 3, 1970. He is buried next to his parents and wife Marie in Middletown Township, NJ.
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