However, one thing that is not as well known about the Brooklyn native is that he graduated from St. Francis Preparatory in Fresh Meadows.
On Wednesday, October 2, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance presented the school with a plaque in honor of Lombardi as part of their “Hometown Hall of Famers.”
The master of ceremonies for the event was Rutgers head football coach and St. Francis Prep alum Kyle Flood.
“I don’t know if there is a coach of any kind anywhere that doesn’t strive to emulate the things that Vince Lombardi was able to do,” said Flood. “There is no doubt that he has some core beliefs that I’ve taken with me my entire career.
“It’s special that we get to call [Lombardi] one of our own at St. Francis Prep,” Flood told a school auditorium full of fellow alumni, coaches and current students.
Accepting the plaque and presenting it to St. Francis Prep was Lombardi’s grandson John.
“When he came to St. Francis Prep, that was really the first time he played organized football,” he said. “His last year here the team went five and one.”
Following the last game of that season, he said his grandfather sat at home with his uniform still on and realized that “football was going to be his life’s pursuit.”