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Vince Lombardi — a life • Brooklyn Paper

Vince Lombardi — a life

Vince Lombardi remains a sacred name in Green Bay, but in his native Brooklyn, the lionhearted coach is barely remembered.

Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi’s memorial plaque may have been forgotten, but he’s not forgotten by anyone who cares about Brooklyn history. Here’s what you need to know about Lombardi:

• He grew up in a two-story house at 2542 E. 14th St. in Sheepshead Bay.

• As a teenager, Lombardi studied for the priesthood at a Catholic seminary before transferring to St. Francis Prep, then located in Williamsburg, so he could play football.

• PS 204 on 15th Avenue in Bensonhurst is officially named Vince Lombardi Elementary School, and the Bensonhurst portion of 16th Avenue was once dedicated by the city as “Vince Lombardi Boulevard.”

• The Super Bowl trophy was renamed for him after Lombardi coached the Green Bay Packers to five NFL championships and two Super Bowl victories.

• Lombardi’s signature phrase was, “Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.”

— Laura Gottesdiener

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