Vince Lombardi Fathered Two Kids
Vince Lombardi was the father of two children, Susan and Vince Lombardi Jr.
The Packer coach met his children's mom, Marie Planitz, in 1934. He was introduced to his wife by his roommate, Jim Lawlor. Eventually, Vince and Marie fell in love and married on August 31, 1940.
The initial year of Vince's marriage turned into tragedy as he lost his first child from miscarriage. Naturally, this affected the mental health of his wife. Finally, however, in 1942, his wife got pregnant again, and Vincent Henry Lombardi (Vince Jr.) was born. Likewise, after five years, Susan also arrived in the couple's life.
Marie had said in one of her infamous interviews. She recalled: "Vince seemed preoccupied with his job even on their honeymoon and cut it short to get back to Englewood. So I was not married to him more than one week', she later related, 'when I said to myself, Marie Planitz, you've made the greatest mistake of your life."
Despite seeing coldness in their parent's relationship, Susan and Vince Lombardi Jr. remained close to their dad.
Vincent Lombardi Jr
Being the late Vincent T. Lombardi's son, regarded as one of the best football coaches in history, Vince Jr grew up in a culture that valued individual success and authority. As a result, he was involved in politics and law during his initial days.
Before turning to professional football, Vince Lombardi Jr. played collegiate football, worked as a lawyer and served as a state senator in Minnesota. In addition, he served as the Seattle Seahawks' associate general manager, assistant executive director of the National Football League Management Council, and labor negotiator.
Vince Jr also served as president and general manager of two United States Football League teams. He currently gives motivational speeches.
Vince Jr started working as the general manager's assistant with the young Seattle Seahawks. He eventually worked as a labor negotiator for the National Football League Management Council. After that, he rose to the position of President and General Manager of two United States Football League teams.
When Vince passed away from cancer in 1970 at age 57, Vince Jr. and his father were starting to reconcile their strain.
At present times, Vince Jr is active on social media platforms. His Twitter handle is @vlombardijr, and he has 2,389 followers. Additionally, his bio suggests he hosts the Vin & Mike Podcast on The Pigskin Network.
Susan Lombardi was the only daughter of Vince Lombardi. She briefly visited Green Bay in the early 1980s and was a big Packers fan. However, she spent most of her life in Florida.
According to the Greenbay Press Gazzatte, the Lombardis moved to Green Bay in 1959, the same month Susan turned 12. She attended St. Joseph Academy, an all-girls school in Green Bay that later merged with other schools to become Notre Dame Academy High School.
Vince Lombardi's daughter left the world in Atlantic Beach, Florida, on December 30, 2020, at 73. She was the second of the coach's two kids, arriving on the scene in 1947, five years after Vince Jr.
Press-Gazette editor Tony Walter spoke with Susan at the Super Bowl XLV in Dallas after the Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers. She was known as Susie by her Green Bay pals.
Her words are as follows: "This is wonderful. It makes me think that when we had home games (in Green Bay), I'd go someplace with my friends to get away from my parents, and then we'd caravan to the game. Now we're going to bring that (Lombardi) trophy to where it belongs."
One of Susan's daughters is Maggie Lombardi, who says her mother had the best smile and laugh. She also said that Susan was fond of water and boating.