Vince Lombardi, the man behind the trophy

Vince Lombardi, the man behind the trophy

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

The Vince Lombardi Trophy is the most coveted prize in all of football. But the legendary coach it's named for, whose Green Bay Packers team won the first two super bowls ever played, probably would blush at the honor.

"He'd be embarrassed," said Frank McLaughlin of Fordham Athletics. "He was not interested in accolades, interested in performance and doing well."

But 43 years after his death, the accolades keep rolling along -- literally. Right now, the Lombardi trophy and a tribute to the man it's named for can be found inside the host committee's huddle shuttle currently cruising around our area.

At Fordham University where he played and coached, it's like he never left.

McLaughlin said Lombardi wouldn't describe himself as a coach, but rather as an educator or teacher. Lombardi's favorite subject was "what it takes to be number one" -- something he was himself as a Fordham player in 1937 as a part of "The Seven Blocks of Granite," considered by many to be one of the greatest offensive lines in college football history.

Later as a coach he taught another important lesson: "leave no regrets on the field." And while Lombardi had few himself -- never having had a losing season in the NFL -- it was one imperfection, while back at Fordham, that haunted this perfectionist forever: he said the worst defeat he ever had as pro or college was at Yankee Stadium when Fordham lost to NYU 7-6 in front of 80,000 people.

If you want to get just a little bit closer to the Lombardi legend the Super Bowl hosts Huddle Shuttle will be in towns in our area.

SUPER BOWL COVERAGE
  • Bronx NewsBronx NewsMore>>

  • New MTA bus routes take effect

    New MTA bus routes take effect

    Monday, September 1 2014 1:09 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:09:54 GMT
    MTAMTA
    The MTA has new bus routes throughout the 5 boroughs. 
    The MTA has new bus routes throughout the 5 boroughs. 
  • 3 hurt in lightning strike as storms batter NYC area

    3 hurt in lightning strike as storms batter NYC area

    Sunday, August 31 2014 9:47 PM EDT2014-09-01 01:47:41 GMT
    Heavy thunderstorms swept through the tri-state on Sunday causing flash floods and lightning strikes that injured 3 people. The three men were struck at Orchard Beach in the Bronx Sunday afternoon and were being treated at a local hospital. Meanwhile, various Labor Day weekend celebrations were interrupted, delayed and even canceled as the U.S. Open tennis tournament had to be postponed and the Electric Zoo musical festival on Randall's Island had to be prematurely shut down.
    Heavy thunderstorms swept through the tri-state on Sunday causing flash floods and lightning strikes that injured 3 people. The three men were struck at Orchard Beach in the Bronx Sunday afternoon and were being treated at a local hospital. Meanwhile, various Labor Day weekend celebrations were interrupted, delayed and even canceled as the U.S. Open tennis tournament had to be postponed and the Electric Zoo musical festival on Randall's Island had to be prematurely shut down.
  • Mayor pushes back pre-k concerns

    Mayor pushes back pre-k concerns

    Thursday, August 28 2014 10:16 PM EDT2014-08-29 02:16:46 GMT
    Mayor Bill de Blasio, educators and city leaders gathered at p.s. 307 in Brooklyn on Thursday to talk with pride about more than 50,000 kids who have enrolled in pre-kindergarten. Universal full-day pre-k was a platform of his campaign when he ran for mayor.Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina also feels the pre-k program is ready for launch.
    Mayor Bill de Blasio, educators and city leaders gathered at p.s. 307 in Brooklyn on Thursday to talk with pride about more than 50,000 kids who have enrolled in pre-kindergarten. Universal full-day pre-k was a platform of his campaign when he ran for mayor.Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina also feels the pre-k program is ready for launch.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices