In today’s look back at the history of the Green Bay Packers, brought to you by the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, we hear the voice of Vince Lombardi talking about defending the team’s world championship.
What comes out of this for me is confidence in his own skills, but also confidence in his charges.
Vince Lombardi Proclaims His Team Ready to Defend Title
April 8, 1962 - ”We truly understand this great challenge to repeat as champions. If this team is willing to sacrifice as much as it did last year, we will be ready to accept that challenge.” Though training camp is months away, Vince Lombardi appears ready for his team to begin defense of its 1961 NFL title as evidenced by his speech to more than 200 at the Eagles Club in Milwaukee. Lombardi also states he believes the team has had a fine draft and that first-round pick, Earl Gros, will be “the fastest back I’ve had in Green Bay.”
An award-winning journalist and photographer, Rivard has been editor of two weekly newspapers in northern Wisconsin for the past 23 years. His love of the Green Bay Packers and his drive to reach out to all Packers fans moved him to write columns for select websites in the mid- to late-1990s under the pen name of Apackphan. The opportunity to continue with lombardiave.com has brought him to this page where he has been laboring for the past 2-plus years. Getting back into blogging has allowed Rivard to continue to follow the team with renewed interest.