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Vince Lombardi

Boris Chaliapin, 1904 - 1979
Vince Lombardi, 1913 - 1970
Watercolor and graphite pencil on illustration board
Sight (Verified): 44.5 x 31.1 cm (17 1/2 x 12 1/4")
Mat: 71.1 × 55.9 cm (28 × 22")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
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© Chris Murphy
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This cover portrait appeared on the eve of the 1962 championship game, in which the defending NFL champion Packers successfully defended their title against the New York Giants.
Football coach Vince Lombardi is often remembered for having ruled his teams largely “through fear,” and according to one first-hand account, he treated all of his players—veteran stars as well as unproven rookies—“like dogs.” Nevertheless, even victims of his harsh ways could not help but love him for his results. Between 1959, when he became head coach of the Green Bay Packers, and his retirement from that post after winning the Super Bowl in January 1968, Lombardi shaped his team into the most formidable force in professional football. In the process, he laid claim to five NFL champion- ships and two Super Bowl titles.
El entrenador de fútbol Vince Lombardi es muy recordado por haber dirigido a sus equipos valiéndose esencialmente “del miedo”, y según un recuento de primera mano, trataba a todos sus juga- dores, lo mismo estrellas veteranas que principiantes, “como perros”. No obstante, lograba resultados tan buenos que incluso las víctimas de su rudo trato lo querían. Entre 1959, cuando se convirtió en coach principal de los Green Bay Packers, y su retiro de dicho puesto después de ganar el Super Bowl en enero de 1968, Lombardi convirtió al equipo en el conjunto más formidable del fútbol profesional. Mientras tanto, ganó con ellos cinco campeonatos de la NFL y dos títulos del Super Bowl.
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