Vince Lombardi will be subject of special program

Vince Lombardi flies high is this rare photograph.
Pro Football Hall of Fame photograph

If you’re not 50, you probably only have black and white images of Green Bay Packers legendary coach Vince Lombardi floating about in your head. In fact, it may be that only his name being on the Super Bowl trophy and maybe the clip of him yelling “what the hell is going on out here” are about all you know of the man.

Vince Lombardi

Well, because there is a generation or two of fans who might not know about the gap-toothed “block of granite” ESPN is planning a special program, “Lombardi’s Legacy,” hosted by Chris Berman and featuring former Packers guard Jerry Kramer and Chicago Bears great Mike Ditka. The program is to be aired at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 6. It will re-air at 8 p.m. June 11 on ESPN2. The program is being held in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of Lombardi’s birthday June 11. On that date, ESPN.com will disclose the coach who was voted the greatest in NFL history by ESPN’s panel of analysts and commentators.

The question I ask is who will that coach be? What if it isn’t Lombardi? What if it’s George Halas? What if it’s Curly Lambeau? What if it’s …

Well, I digress.

Also leading up to the anniversary of Lombardi’s birthday, among the posts we will have on lombardiave.com will be our recent interview with Jerry Kramer. We had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours with the Packers great and will post a story and a video which includes clips of the interview within the next week … stay tuned for that. We talked about everything from his reactions on how he

Jerry Kramer in Super Bowl I

found out he was drafted by the Packers to who he thinks his toughest teammate was. Both answers may surprise you.

But in the meantime, we’re excited about this program being offered by ESPN. And if you haven’t followed their series naming the 20 “Greatest Coaches in NFL History,” you should.

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Topics: Greatest Coaches Of The NFL, Green Bay Packers, Vince Lombardi

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