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Vince LombardiVince Lombardi

Even in today’s game where specialization and technology have helped coaches become masterminds’ of the sport, there still may be no better coach than the man who the NFL ended up naming their champion after: Vince Lombardi. While Lombardi is famous for winning the first two Super Bowls, he did not actually have an incredible long coaching career, only 10 years, but he went 96-35-6 in that decade and won five NFL Championships and six conference titles. Lombardi coaches the Packers for the bulk of that and made them one of the premier organizations in the NFL even still to this day. Before Lombardi got to Green Bay the Packers were a terrible team but when he got there his ability to motivated his players and put together a winning scheme was clear. Lombardi converted former Notre Dame quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Paul Hornung into a fulltime halfback, implemented a simple single-wing formation, pulled guards Jerry Kramer and Fuzzy Thompson and told Hornung to “run to daylight” in what famously became the Green Bay Power Sweep. It was innovative at the time and virtually unstoppable and led the Packers to back-to-back NFL Championships in 1961 and 1962. Lombardi was named the NFL’s Coach of the Year in 1959 and inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971.

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