Happy birthday, Vince Lombardi

On Jan. 14, 1968 in Miami, the Packers defeated the Raiders 33-14 in Super Bowl II. Boyd Dowler caught a 62-yard TD pass in Vince Lombardi's final game as Packers head coach. (AP Photo)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Monday would have been legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi's 105th birthday.

The man did so much for the city, and for the Packers, but more so for the game of football.

Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Packers linebacker Dave Robinson, who played for Lombardi from 1963-67, explains what Lombardi meant to him, now nearly 50 years after Lombardi passed away in 1970.

"Fifty-seven, I thought, was old. I'm 20 years past 57 myself and I think about how much he could have given the game of football had he had lived.

"After he died, it was said, 'Don't feel bad for the people who played for Vince, be sad for people that never got a chance to play for this man.' He could have done so much. Some of the things going on in the league today, I try to think, 'What would Vince do?' 'How would he have handled it?' I think half of the problems more than that, I think three-quarters of the problems the league is facing Vince Lombardi would have solved."


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