Legendary football coach and Fordham alumnus Vince Lombardi, FCRH ’37, was the focus of a series of specials that will be aired in conjunction with the Super Bowl this Sunday, Feb. 2.
As part of its pre-game coverage, Fox Sports tapped Timothy Cardinal Dolan, archbishop of New York, to highlight Lombardi’s deep Catholic faith. Lombardi considered joining the priesthood early in his life, and his funeral Mass was held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.
Lombardi: 6 Boroughs, by NFL Films, highlights the connection Lombardi, had with each of the five New York City boroughs as well as New Jersey.
For the Bronx connection, the film, which is narrated by fellow Ram Vin Scully, FCRH ’49, focused on Lombardi’s Fordham connection, beginning with his playing days in the 1930s and transitioning to the success of Fordham’s historic 2013 football season.
Head coach Joe Moorhead, junior wide receiver Tebucky Jones Jr. (whose father won the Lombardi trophy in 2001 with the New England Patriots), and junior kicker Michael Marando, a Brooklyn native, are all interviewed for the film.
A recent Newsday article and video likewise traces Lombardi’s roots through New York City and includes memorabilia of his days at Fordham.
The game featured a pair of former Rams on the Denver sidelines—wide receiver Greg Wilson, FCRH ‘13, and Denver assistant strength coach Jason George, who was Fordham’s head strength and conditioning coach from 1998-2009.