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It is the 100th birthday of
a man who changed the Green Bay Packers organization forever, Vince
He played an important role in giving
the city of Green Bay a second name, Titletown. Each season, players
fight for the greatest honor, the Vince Lombardi trophy. Now, on his
birthday, his life is celebrated.
"I'm very sentimental and I had
a few tears this morning, because it's hard to believe that he's 100
years old," Vince Lombardi's daughter, Susan Lombardi, told
"It's a nice little reminder of
who he was and what he did," said Vince Lombardi's grandson,
He's one of the greatest football
coaches of all time, and in a city where that sport reigns supreme,
his name stands above the rest. Hundreds of fans line up each day to
tour Lambeau Field, and on Lombardi's birthday, it was no different.
All year, those fans hear stories of Lombardi's legacy.
"He said, 'I didn't come here to
lose. All this team needs is discipline,'" said Lambeau Field
Tour Guide Randy Georgeson.
It was that drive that won games. After
losing the 1960 Championship game against the Philadelphia Eagles
Lombardi made a bold prediction.
"Lombardi told his players
afterward, we didn't lose, we just ran out of time. And as long as
I'm your head coach, we'll never lose another playoff game in Green
Bay. Amazingly, that prediction came true," Georgeson told a
Vince Lombardi is in the Pro Football
Hall of Fame. Of course, he's in the Packers Hall of Fame, and he has
a statue dedicated to him outside Lambeau Field.
Lombardi was known for his tough
coaching, and his family says it's his voice they still remember to
"He was very loud and boisterous,
he'd come over and come through the door and be like, 'where are the
boys? In that big voice of his," John Lombardi told Newsline 9.
Fans say Lombardi changed football.
"The NFL wouldn't be what it is
without Vince Lombardi," said John Miller from Fredonia.
The Lombardi family says they just want
that legacy to live on forever.
"I can't see him going away. As
long as there's an NFL, they'll be talking about Vince Lombardi,"
said John Lombardi.
Vince Lombardi's daughter and grandson
made an appearance at Titletown Brewing Company in Green Bay where they announced a new beer, Lombardi Lager. It's expected to be
available by football season.
The Packers practiced outdoors Tuesday,
giving fans a look at the team. So we asked them, what would Vince
Lombardi think of the NFL today?
Lombardi was known for his tough
coaching style. Many fans we spoke with say he would be successful,
while others say Lombardi would be shaking his head at today's game.
"He'd think they're protecting
them too much, but I think he'd adapt. He's such a great coach, he'd
definitely get along with everything the NFL is doing to protect the
offense," said Travis Van Straten from Green Bay.
"It's a lot faster game, but I
think he would adapt very well to it, and I think he would come up
with plays and be just fine," said John Miller of Fredonia.
Everyone we spoke with agreed on one
thing, Vince Lombardi helped make the Packers what they are today.
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