Vince Lombardi, the man behind the trophy

Vince Lombardi, the man behind the trophy

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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.

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