Legendary Packers football coach and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Vince Lombardi, is going to be honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at his H.S. alma mater in New York with a special ceremony and plaque presentation.
This event at St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens, New York, is part of “Hometown Hall of Famers™,” a national program honoring the hometown roots of the sport’s greatest coaches, players, and contributors.
John Lombardi, Vince’s grandson, will be on-hand at the ceremony to accept the plaque on his grandfather’s behalf and say a few words about his legacy.
Here is the full Press Release:
National Program Recognizes Pro Football’s Greatest Legends in their Hometown Communities
Canton, Ohio – Sept. 25, 2013 – Pro football legend Vince Lombardi will be recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate Insurance Company in Queens, New York, on Wednesday, Oct. 2, as part of “Hometown Hall of Famers™,” a national program honoring the hometown roots of the sport’s greatest coaches, players, and contributors with special ceremonies and plaque dedication events in local communities.
“’Hometown Hall of Famers™’ has been warmly embraced by communities and Hall of Famers alike,” said George Veras, Pro Football Hall of Fame Enterprises president and CEO. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Allstate to bring the Pro Football Hall of Fame to communities across the country and congratulate the late Vince Lombardi and St. Francis Preparatory School on bringing a piece of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to Queens.”
A legendary NFL coach and former high school standout at St. Francis Preparatory School, Lombardi will be honored with his “Hometown Hall of Famer™” plaque during a special ceremony at 1:25 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 2, in the school’s auditorium, located at 6100 Francis Lewis Blvd., Fresh Meadows, NY, where the plaque will live permanently to serve as an inspiration for the school’s students and athletes. John Lombardi, Vince’s grandson, will be on-hand to accept the plaque on behalf of the Lombardi family.
“To be part of a program that brings the prestige and tradition of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to communities like Queens is an honor for Allstate, our agents and employees,” said Lisa Cochrane, Allstate’s senior vice president of marketing.
The ceremony will be attended by St. Francis Preparatory School students, faculty, staff, alumni and Lombardi’s family members and close friends. Kyle Flood, Rutgers University head football coach and St. Francis alumnus, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.
In addition to the plaque, a commemorative Vince Lombardi “Hometown Hall of Famers™” road sign will be on display in Queens.
After serving as the offensive coordinator for the New York Giants for five years, Lombardi accepted the head coaching position with the dispirited Green Bay Packers in 1959. Lombardi had an immediate and profound impact on the team helping them turn their 1-10-1 record to 7-5 in his first year as coach.
Under Lombardi’s direction, the Packers went on to dominate the NFL over the next eight years, winning six divisional and five NFL championships, and achieving victories in Super Bowls I and II. Known for his stylish, thorough and imaginative craftsmanship on offense, Lombardi never had a losing season throughout his career.
Lombardi retired as the Packers coach in 1968, but retained his general manager duties. In 1969, he signed on as head coach of the Washington Redskins. In his one year with Washington, Lombardi broke the Redskins’ string of 14 losing seasons and laid the foundation for Washington’s early 1970s success.
The 1959 AP NFL Coach of the Year was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1975 and is a member of the Washington Redskins Ring of Fame.
Lombardi passed away in 1970 at the age of 57. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971.
Fans can visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame website for more information on the “Hometown Hall of Famers™” program, and can view event videos at www.youtube.com/allstate.
About the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Enterprises
The Pro Football Hall of Fame is dedicated to educating, preserving, and honoring the great individuals and moments that have shaped the sport’s history with the largest collection in the world of artifacts and documents. The Hall of Fame is celebrating its 50 Years 2012-13. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enterprises represents the Pro Football Hall of Fame and its members in the creation of commercial ventures, featuring Hall of Famers to serve the mission of the PFHOF to enable football fans and the general public to have greater access and interactions with Hall of Famers and the Hall of Fame.
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via www.allstate.com, www.allstate.com/financial and 1-800 Allstate®, and are widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” As part of Allstate’s commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and the corporation provided $29 million in 2012 to thousands of nonprofit organizations and important causes across the United States.
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