Lombardi Dramaturgy

By Michele Tram Senior Plogger Vince Lombardi is often referred to as the greatest football coach of all time. However, before he became a coach, like any other young adult, he was puzzled with what career path to choose. He was interested in becoming a priest, a lawyer, a financier – and a football coach. Lombardi’s first encounter with coaching football was at Cecilia High School in Englewood, New Jersey. He was a workaholic, and that work ethic played a large part in securing his first professional position as assistant coach to the New York Giants. During his five years as an assistant, Lombardi led the New York Giants to five winning seasons. In January 1959, the results of his effective coaching style paid off, and he signed a five-year contract with the Green Bay Packers as head coach. Throughout the 1960’s, the Green Bay Packers dominated the football fields using Lombardi’s method for success – simplicity and execution. With his “no failure” attitude, it isn’t hard to see why Lombardi had so many fans. When he died on September 3, 1970 at age 57 due to colon cancer, he had not one, but two funerals, which were both attended by thousands of people. Shortly after his death, Lombardi was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Super Bowl Trophy was renamed the Vince Lombardi Super Bowl Trophy in his honor.