Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/8/12
Vince Lombardi was an average college football offensive lineman, began his coaching career much later than most, became head coach of the Packers at age 45 and by the strength of his character and discipline that he learned in his experiences, turned the Green Bay Packers into the powerhouse team of the 1960's.Now that the Wayback Machine is back from the shop after passing its 10,000-year checkup, it's time to head back to the mid-1900's to profile one of the greatest football coaches of all time.September 3, 1970–Vince Lombardi died of cancer at the age of 57.Vince Lombardi was born on June 11, 1913 in Brooklyn, New York the oldest of five siblings.Lombardi’s first taste of football success came in 1933 when he accepted a scholarship to Fordham University as an offensive lineman. Going into his sophomore year the 5 foot, 8” tall, 180 pound Lombardi was named the starting tackle and in his senior season was the right guard, lined up next to eventual Pro Football Hall of Fame cente...
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