HBO’s Lombardi doc debuts Saturday


Four decades after his death, 2010 has been a big year for legendary football coach Vince Lombardi. Following a successful run on Broadway earlier this fall, Lombardi’s next stop is premium cable. The HBO Sports documentary “Lombardi” debuts Saturday at 8 p.m. ET, exclusively on HBO.

In collaboration with NFL Films, HBO’s “Lombardi” examines the coach’s life, from Brooklyn to Green Bay and all points in between, offering some insight into what made Lombardi such a driven and successful coach.

“He wanted every ounce of ability you had,” Packers guard Jerry Kramer said in the preview clip at the top of this page. “And he would not relent, and it wouldn’t stop, until you gave it to him.”

Others who are interviewed in the documentary include Lombardi’s children and other family members, Hall of Famers Sam Huff, Frank Gifford, Bart Starr and Sonny Jurgensen, among others.

“A philosopher once defined a great man as someone who never reminds us of anyone else. Few men can match that criteria -– Lombardi is one of them,” said NFL Films president Steve Sabol. “He is the patron saint of pro football, and we are thrilled to once again partner with HBO in telling such a significant story.”

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