Vince Lombardi — a life

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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

Updated 5:22 pm, July 9, 2018
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joe from bay ridge says:
St francis was in Redhook when Lombardi attended.
Feb. 10, 2012, 4:35 am

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