Vince Lombardi Biography, Life, Interesting Facts
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Vincent Lombardi was born on June 11, 1913, in Brooklyn, New York, USA. His parents were Matilda and Enrico Lombardi. He also had four younger siblings.
As a teenager, Lombardi attended several different schools. One of the schools he attended was the Cathedral College of Immaculate Conception. He later went on to study at the St. Francis Preparatory High School. For his college education, Lombardi studied at Fordham University. While there, he played on the college football team. He later graduated from this school in 1937. He then went on to study at a law school, but he ended up dropping out of law school before he could earn another degree.
After leaving college, Vincent Lombardi began working at St. Cecilia High School, in New Jersey. While here, he worked both as a teacher and a football coach. However, it wasn’t until 1942 that he became the head coach at the school. For the next couple of years, he led the school’s football team to victory. In 1947, Lombardi began working at his alma mater, Fordham University. There, he worked as the assistant coach of the football and basketball teams. However, he only worked at this school for a few seasons before he left.
After Lombardi left Fordham, he began coaching at West Point. There, he was the offensive line coach. The head coach at that school was Earl Blaik. Lombardi was an assistant coach to Blaik. He stayed at this school as a coach for five seasons.
In 1954, he began working as an offensive coordinator for the New York Giants football team. He worked with this team for five years. During this time, the team won five seasons. The team also won a league championship in Lombardi’s second year with the team.
Once Vincent Lombardi was done working with the New York Giants, he began working with the Green Bay Packers. When Lombardi first began working with the team, the Packers were struggling to win many games.
Under his leadership, the tea soon began to win competitions. During the time that Lombardi worked with this team, the Packers never lost a season. They even won two Superbowls. In 1967, Vincent Lombardi stopped working as a coach for the Packers and began working as their General Manager.
In 1969, Vincent Lombardi left the Green Bay Packers and began working as the coach for the Washington Redskins. Like with the Packers, the Redskins had not been faring well before Lombardi was the coach.
During his time as coach, he was able to transform the team into a winning machine. Although, this team did not become as successful as the Packers. He only worked with this team for a year because of his failing health.
Awards And Accomplishments
All of Lombardi’s awards listed below are accomplishments are due to his impressive career as a football coach. Some of his most impressive awards are listed below.
NHL Coach of the Year (1959)
Silver Buffalo Award (1969)
Vincent Lombardi was inducted into the following Hall of Fames (all of the inductions were posthumous):
NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame (1971)
Fordham University Athletic Hall of Fame (1971)
Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame (1975)
Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame (1976)
American Football Association Semi-Pro Football Hall of Fame (1988)
New Jersey Hall of Fame (2008)
Vince Lombardi married Marie Planitz in 1940. Together, this couple had two children: Susan and Vincent. Lombardi and Planitz remained married until Lombardi’s death.
Vince Lombardi died on September 3, 1970. The cause of his death was colon cancer. He was 57 years old when he passed away.
Several sports buildings and items have been named after, or renamed after, Lombardi. Some of the things and buildings that are named after him are listed below.
Vince Lombardi Trophy (NFS Super Bowl Trophy)
Lombardi Award (Rotary Club of Houston)
Vincent T. Lombardi Centre (Fordham University)
Lombardi Field (Old Bridge School, New Jersey, USA)