Joseph Philip Lombardi Joseph Lombardi is currently the quarterback coach of the New Orleans Saints. He is the grandson of Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi. Joe played Tight End at the Air Force Academy, where he graduated in 1994. During Saints Training Camp, he spoke on working with the unique Saints Quarterback situation of Drew Br...

There is a name that resonates with American football fans across generations. When Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers meet in the Super Bowl on Sunday, the very prize on offer carries it. The Vince Lombardi Trophy. Lombardi was a five-time National Football League-winning coach, an icon of the game who is still celebrated half a century on...

This Dec. 21 marks the 50th anniversary of the last football game Vince Lombardi ever coached. Remembered primarily as the helmsman of the Green Bay Packers during the 1960s and namesake of the Super Bowl trophy, Lombardi has been ranked as one of the top 10 greatest coaches in the history of American sports. Like many greats, Lombardi considered c...

This June is LGBTQ Pride month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots which sparked the Gay Liberation Movement. In a way, professional sport can act as cultural mirror. That endeavor’s figurative reflection allows sociologists and sports historians to study and comment on whether our society may be progressing with tolerance. It’s fitting...

In one’s seventy-fifth year, one comes to realize that much of one’s more vivid life experience is just history – if not myth – to most other (read: younger) people. As I do every year, I reflected on this again on Sunday, when the Eagles were presented with the Lombardi trophy, professional football’s highest award. The trophy has borne that name...

Of the five coaches Vince Promuto played for in his 11-year NFL career – all with the Redskins – the two-time Pro Bowl guard admired Vince Lombardi by far. Despite being a quarter-century apart in age, the two felt a kinship for each other, in large part because of their Italian ethnicity. They were also tough guys from New York City. Lombardi coac...

Even the most peripheral of football fans have heard of Vince Lombardi. In his eight seasons with the Green Bay Packers, he coached them to five NFL championships, including Super Bowls I & II. Indeed, the Super Bowl Trophy is now named after him. Among his most famous quotes are his thoughts on winning through teamwork, and these include: “People...

Americans love sports!  Though the same could be said truthfully about elsewhere, it is especially true here.  The reasons for this are manifold.  The fact that television, which gave spectator sports to the masses, was invented and first popularized here no doubt played a large part.  Capitalism may have been a Dutch invention but crass Capitalism...

by Bobby Tanzilo   We love to think of the Green Bay Packers as America's team (suck it, Dallas), but it becomes clearer and clearer that the Pack may actually be the world's team when it comes to American football. In spring, I saw a guy clad in green and gold atop the Great Wall of China and, now, a friend in Italy, Fausto Batella, ha...

With the Azzurri set to lock horns with Joe Schmidt's Ireland on Sunday evening in a crucial Pool D encounter at London's Olympic stadium, we take a look at some of Italy's greatest sporting names. And no, Mario Balotelli is not one of them...   1. Valentino Rossi The 36-year-old multiple MotoGP World Champion is responsible for a marked sur...