One of country’s largest Vince Lombardi collections lives in southwest Ohio

Nov 04, 2021 346

BY: Tom Archdeacon

Jerry Kramer, the Pro Football Hall of Fame guard, wrote a personal note and diagramed two famous Green Bay Packer plays on a cheese gold helmet, and gave it to him. The late cornerback Herb Adderley, another Packer Pro Football Hall of Famer, penned a note that began “To my friend Coach G” on an oversized photo that showed him at his locker-- still in his padded football pants – with smiling head coach Vince Lombardi after the famed Ice Bowl game.

But of the more than 1,000 items in Jack Giambrone’s extensive collection of all things Lombardi, none is more moving than the letter that came to his Beavercreek home simply addressed to “Coach G.” It was accompanied by a small mass card given out at Catholic funerals and the two items together told a wonderful story.

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