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This Day In History: Redskins Hire Vince Lombardi As Head Coach

Posted by Stephen Czarda on February 7, 2015 – 10:52 am

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On Feb. 7, 1969, the unthinkable happened — longtime Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi was hired in the same position with the Washington Redskins.

Lombardi joined the Packers in 1959 with quite the task, as he was taking over a team that went 8-27-1 in the three years prior to his arrival.

Not only did Lombardi quickly turn the Packers into one of the strongest teams in the league, he led them to three NFL Championships and two Super Bowl victories.

In 1967, though, Lombardi was in search of a change, stepping down as the team’s head coach but remaining in the role of general manager in 1968.

But one of the greatest coaches in NFL history just couldn’t resist the itch to get back onto the sideline, and with the chance to takeover the Redskins on the table, Lombardi could only say yes.

During the 1969 season, Lombardi led the Redskins to a 7-5-1 record highlighted by Sonny Jurgensen throwing for an NFL-high 3,102 yards and rookie Larry Brown making the Pro Bowl.

Unfortunately, 1969 would be the only season Lombardi would coach in Washington, as he passed away on Sept. 3, 1970 — just 17 days before the season opener.

Soon after his death, the NFL decided to rename the championship trophy in his honor, and the Redskins, of course, currently have three Lombardi Trophy representing their Super Bowl victories.


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