Vince Lombardi

A titanic figure in the history of the National Football League, Lombardi played his college ball at Fordham where he was one of the fabled Seven Blocks of Granite on the line. After a couple of years in the minor leagues of the pro game, he coached in the high school and college ranks until joining the New York Giants as an assistant in 1954. He took the head coaching job at Green Bay in 1959 and led the team to five championships in his nine years there, defeating the Raiders 33-14 in Super Bowl II in his last game. After a one-year stint as general manager with the Packers, he returned to coaching with the Washington Redskins for a year before succumbing to cancer. Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971, his name is on the NFL’s championship trophy.