The best reunion of them all

The best reunion of them all

Among the hundreds of Paul Hornung photos circulating the globe, I believe my friend Suzanne Jordan has the best. In it, the NFL superstar rests cheerfully in a familiar chair while his teammates’ tiny daughters – Diana Kramer, Theresa Jordan and Suzanne – do his hair. That all four are so comfortable together is a [...]

Tips from a Lombardi legend to bring that trophy home

Tips from a Lombardi legend to bring that trophy home

If you want some insight into what it’s like to play for a 13-3 team heading into the last round of the playoffs, ask a guy who’s been there. NFL Hall of Fame cornerback Herb Adderley knows all about magical seasons. Just a second-year guy in 1962, he played a key role on what some [...]

A quarterback and a gentleman

A quarterback and a gentleman

Three times in my own life legendary quarterback Bart Starr showed up in classier-than-he-needed-to-be ways and I am just one periphary person in his very big life. In the coming days as we all mourn his loss we can soothe ourselves with hundreds of these kinds of stories about his innate generosity and commitment to [...]

Super Bowl and Civil Rights Champions

Super Bowl and Civil Rights Champions

It seemed to me that the laughter, crossing 2,000 miles and bubbling up over 52 years, is one of the best indications of Vince Lombardi’s success as both a Super Bowl and civil rights champion. After seeing a photo of herself and Ruth Pitts as part of the “Delay of Game” exhibit at the Neville [...]

Coach Lombardi was a Hall of Fame GM

Coach Lombardi was a Hall of Fame GM

You could fill a library with books about legendary Packer Coach Vince Lombardi and wallpaper a stadium with his quotes. So ubiquitous are the images of him stalking the sidelines in his trench coat and fedora that children whose parents weren't even born during the Lombardi Years still dress like him for Halloween. Coach Lombardi [...]