Lombardi applied for head coaching positions at Wake Forest, Notre Dame, and other universities and, in some cases, never received a reply.  At the age of 12 he started playing in an uncoached but organized football league in Sheepshead Bay. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown, Monmouth County, NJ", "Lombardi Service Area Dedicated on Turnpike", "Rock 'n' Roll High School synopsis and movie info", "From a Loser's Father To a Legendary Winner", "Jerry Stiller played Vince Lombardi for a series of Nike commercials in the '90s, including one shot at Al's Hamburger", "HBO to Air Documentary on Vince Lombardi", "Vince Lombardi: A Coach for All Seasons", "Player Bio: Vincent Lombardi — Fordham Official Athletic Site", "Toughest NFL venues: No.
 Lombardi attended Mass on a daily basis throughout his life. And if you do have an issue, the problem will be yours because my locker room will tolerate nothing but acceptance.  At St. Cecilia, Lombardi shared an office with Father Tim Moore wherein it was not unusual for Lombardi to interrupt a conversation and request to go to Confession and which Father Tim would oblige him right in the office.  Lombardi also refused to assign hotel rooms to players based on their race: by 1967 the Packers were the only team with such a policy. 206 at age 15 in 1928.
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