The All-Time Super Bowl King Of Style

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 31: Football: NFL championship, Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi victorious, getting carried off field by team after winning game vs New York Giants, Green Bay, WI 12/31/1961 (Photo by Marvin E. Newman/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (SetNumber: X8174)

There’s only one sure-fire bet today when it comes to the Super Bowl: no one will be better dressed on or off the field than Vince Lombardi was 50 years ago.

When you’re Ivy Style and looking for a Super Bowl tie-in, there’s only one well to go to, and that’s the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers. Looking through the archives, I see that just last year that we did a satirical comparison of Lombardi’s attire to that of the two Super Bowl coaches.

Here’s a fresh tribute to Lombardi’s trad style and his signature polo coat. — CC

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The pulse of the Packers' 35-21 victory over the Bears Saturday night is reflected by these sideline shots of the Green Bay bench. At left, Vince Lombardi is overjoyed as he clutches his No. 1 draft choice, Earl Gros (40), after the rookie scored the Packers' last touchdown from the one on August 27, 1962.

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9 Comments on "The All-Time Super Bowl King Of Style"

  1. I completely agree. We have become a nation of slobs. I think you need to give an honorable mention to Tom Landry as he always looked pretty sharp as well!

  2. Clarence Anthony Jr. | February 7, 2016 at 11:27 am |

    I had a feeling that Lombardi would be an inspiration for today’s post. John Bracken, I totally agree. Coach Landry is another great example of class and sartorial inspiration on the sideline. “How bout them Cowboys?”. (Yes, I’m a Southerner and Cowboys fan).

  3. The problem is that in recent years, the NFL has had contracts with clothing (cough!) manufacturers which require coaches and most staff to wear team gear and logos during the games. I grew up with Allie Sherman and the New York Giants. I don’t remember painted faces in those days either.

  4. John Bracken | February 7, 2016 at 5:13 pm |

    That’s right and Jim Tressel comes to mind. He did pretty well blending class with sponsorship.

  5. Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry roamed the sartorial sidelines of the New York Giants as assistant coaches under Head Coach Jim Lee Howell in the late 1950s before reaching fame in Green Bay and Dallas.

  6. On graduation day, Fordham’s VInce Lombardi posed with his classmates and was the only person wearing white-bucks. Coach Lombardi was a style icon while at Fordham and afterwards. Requiescat in pace.

  7. Charles is correct, but it’s actually a rules-based issue: for a few decades now, the NFL actually requires all on-field personnel – including coaches – to wear ONLY licensed apparel. Which is to say, if Vince Lombardi or Tom Landry were around today, they could wear their signature suits, polo coats or fedoras … as long as there was an UnderArmor logo plastered across them. Bill Belichick would still dress like a homeless person (with apologies to the homeless).

  8. While they’re not usually residents of Tradsville (most of them are Canadian, after all), look behind the benches in the NHL: coaches all still wear suit-and-tie.

  9. Rick Woodward | February 8, 2016 at 5:01 pm |

    Bum Phillips coached the Houston Oilers who played in the Astro Dome. Now, Bum was not known for his Trad props, but he was sartorially pretty consistent in his cowboy attire including a large cowboy hat. I always found it interesting that he would not wear his hat in the Astro Dome as his mother had taught him never to wear his hat indoors. He was clearly raised right. As an aside, his son Wade, got a super bowl ring with the Broncos last night.

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