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Sweater owned by Vince Lombardi found at Goodwill


MADISON (WKOW) -- A West Point vintage sweater bought at a Goodwill store in North Carolina could fetch more than $20,000.

On Saturday Feb. 21, Heritage Auctions based in Dallas will sell the item now traced back to its original owner, legendary football coach Vince Lombardi.

Lombardi served as an assistant at West Point from 1949-1953. An old picture shows Lombardi wearing the same sweater.

Sean McEvoy was shopping when he bought the vintage West Point item for $0.58 in Goodwill's outlet store. The couple own a vintage store in Knoxville.

McEvoy bought the sweater last June to sell at the store, but said he was watching TV one night and saw a photo that took him aback.

"I was watching a Vince Lombardi documentary and I said to my wife, we have a sweater just like that," McEvoy said. "Wouldn't it be great if it was actually Vince Lombardi's?"

His wife then told him she had seen a name tag inside.

"She said I think it's that guy, Lombardi," McEvoy said. "My heart kind of sank into my stomach a bit."

As head coach, Lombardi won five national championships and two Super Bowls for the Green Bay Packers.

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