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NFL: Vince Lombardi Given 5-Year Contract with Packers

Aug. 7, 1961 - Vince Lombardi, general manager and coach of the Green Bay Packers, today was given a new five-year contract. Lombardi was lured to Green Bay in 1959 after six years as the offensive coach with the New York Giants. He was an assistant at Army for five years before joining the Giants. Lombardi took over after the Packers had dipped to their lowest point, a 1-10-1 record in 1958. He directed Green Bay to a 7-5 record in his first season and was voted the league's Coach of the Year. A year ago, the Packers enjoyed their finest campaign since 1944, sweeping to the Western Division championship with an 8-4 record. Green Bay was then defeated, 17-13, by the Philadelphia Eagles for the league title.


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