Jeff Castner: The Packers’ Lombardi Era

Posted: October 3, 2014 in Career, Education, Sports, Sports Fan

The Green Bay Packers’ Lombardi Era is not only one of the most significant and impactful times in the history of the franchise, it is also one of the most notable times in the history of both the National Football League and the sport of football. As a lifelong Packers’ fan, Jeff Castner understands the importance and continued relevance of this pivotal moment in football; a time when the legacy of both Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers were firmly established and forever imprinted on the minds of sports fans everywhere.

Jeff Castner

Jeff Castner

Vince Lombardi, as Jeff Castner knows, was officially announced as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers on January 28, 1959, accepting a five-year deal to become the team’s general manager and coach. From that point on, the history of the team, and the league, was changed forever, as a relatively unknown coach, Lombardi would soon become one of the most celebrated personalities in the history of the game.

It didn’t take long, says Jeff Castner, for Vince Lombardi to establish himself as a next-level leader. In his first season with the Packers, Lombardi led his team to a 7-5 overall record, and proudly received NFL Coach of the Year honors. The next season, 1960, saw the Packers win the Western Conference title, only to fall short in the eventual title game. This, as Jeff Castner knows, would be the Packers’ only title loss under the helm of Vince Lombardi, who would end up leading his storied squad to a total of five World championships, which includes two Super Bowl victories.


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