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Vince Lombardi

NFL Coach Vince Lombardi

Full Name: Vincent Thomas Lombardi
Profession: NFL Coach

United States of America

Biography: Head coach of the Green Bay Packers during the 1960s, where he led the team to three straight and five total National Football League championships in seven years. He is considered by many to be one of the best coaches in NFL history.

The Super Bowl Trophy was renamed the Vince Lombardi Trophy in 1970, and he was featured on a U.S. postage stamp in 1997.

Born: June 11, 1913
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: September 3, 1970 (aged 57)

Married Life

  • 1940-08-31 Football player and coach Vince Lombardi (27) weds Marie Planitz at Our Lady of Refuge Church in Bronx, New York

Historical Events

  • 1959-02-02 Vince Lombardi signs a 5 year contract to coach NFL Green Bay Packers
  • 1960-12-26 National Football League Championship, Franklin Field, Philadelphia: Philadelphia Eagles beat Green Bay Packers, 17-13; lone playoff defeat for Packers coach Vince Lombardi before Packers establish dynasty
  • 1961-12-31 National Football League Championship, City Stadium, Green Bay: Green Bay Packers shutout NY Giants 37-0; first of 5 NFL titles won in 7-season span by Packers and head coach, Vince Lombardi
  • 1968-02-01 Vince Lombardi steps down as NFL Green Bay Packers head coach in favor of longtime assistant Phil Bengtson; stays on as Packers' general manager for 1968

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