Being a Green Bay Packers fan, I already know the legend that is Vince Lombardi. A coach who took a losing team and turned them around in a single season and led them to five titles.
In Lombardi’s second season, in 1960, the Packers reached the Championship Game only to fall to an agonising defeat by the Philadelphia Eagles. The boss pledged he would never lose another championship match. And he didn’t.
What is perhaps less know about Lombardi was his drive to ensure that all his players were treated as equals.
Lombardi said he saw athletes as “neither black nor white but Packer green” and demanded everyone be treated equally, refusing to allow any kind of prejudice. He told players if he ever heard discriminatory language they would be “through”.
Sadly, I’ll miss the big game on Sunday night being in the wrong timezone, but as always I’ll catch the highlights the following evening. I just wish my Packers could have made the final.