Feb 16, 2013 / 01:07 pm
Joe Lombardi has one of the most recognizable last names in sports thanks to his iconic grandfather, Vince, who took the National Football League by storm during his coaching tenure with the Green Bay Packers.
Joe carried on his famous grandfather’s Super Bowl winning legacy by winning a world championship ring of his own as a coach with the 2009 New Orleans Saints, but it all takes a backseat when it comes to his Catholic faith.
He lives by his grandfather’s credo of “Faith, Family, and Football,” and was emphatic that the importance of the trio was followed in that order. His Catholic faith has played an instrumental role in his life, Lombardi said of his grandfather. Vince died just nine months after Joe was born in 1970.
“I never had a chance to really meet my grandfather, but the things he has passed on about our Catholic faith lives on with me today,” said Lombardi, who has been married to his wife Julie for 13 years and has six children.
He has been successful in various coaching positions on different levels from offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Mercyhurst College to coach of tight ends and running backs for the New York/New Jersey Hitmen of the now-defunct XFL. He coached tight ends and tackles at Virginia Military Institute and even played for the United States Air Force Academy, where he was named a lieutenant and served four years and earned three letters.
These various positions have helped season Lombardi and allowed him to bring those experiences to the position he holds currently in the NFL as quarterbacks coach for New Orleans. Yet he does not hesitate to explain how the game of football and his Catholic faith are similar in building a foundation for success.
“In football, you deal with the Xs and Os and the game is about the fundamentals such as blocking, tackling, throwing, and catching the ball,” Lombardi said. “You look at the fundamentals of our Catholic faith and they are built on our sacraments, confession, the rosary, and attending Mass.” …
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