Name: Vince Lombardi
Pro Career: 1959 – 1967, 1969
Team Affiliation(s): Green Bay Packers, Washington Redskins
Induction Class: 1971, posthumously
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Brief Bio: If there is one HOF inductee that needs no introduction, it is Vince Lombardi. The coaching mastermind that started his career too late and had it ended too early, Lombardi became and remains a symbol of competitive excellence with a surprisingly short tenure. When he took over as head coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers, the franchise was down on its luck and was practically forgotten. When he retired as head coach just 9 year later, the Packers had won six divisional and five NFL championships and had taken Super Bowls I and II en route to being one of the premiere teams in the league. Two years later, Lombardi nearly did the impossible again when he transformed the Washington Redskins from a hapless squad into a winning team in just one season. Lombardi never got the chance to fully realize his success with his second venture however as cancer proved a tougher opponent than any NFL team and he succumbed to the illness at just 57 years old. In all, Lombardi never had a losing season and to this day remains the namesake of the Super Bowl championship trophy.
Career Stats: 105-35-6 coaching record (.728); 9-1 postseason coaching record (.900).
Featured Card: 2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces #86. Despite a legendary career and obvious name recognition even over 40 years after his death, Vince Lombardi does not have an actual rookie card. He has been featured in numerous legends sets and even on vintage team cards as head coach. This card was chosen as an example of a modern set that does not have a cut signature or jersey/jacket swatch. Lombardi is obviously a cornerstone of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and should be a cornerstone of any HOF inductee collection, regardless of the collection’s sub-focus (autos, jerseys, RCs, etc.).