ESPN will commemorate the coaching legacy and accomplishments of Vince Lombardi with a one-hour special entitled “Lombardi’s Legacy” hosted by Chris Berman on Thursday, June 6, at 8 p.m. The program coincides with this month’s 100th anniversary of the National Football League coaching legend’s birth (June 11, 1913).
Berman will be joined in-studio by ESPN analyst and Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Ditka and former Green Bay Packers right guard Jerry Kramer, who played for Lombardi and helped lead the Packers to five NFL titles and wins in Super Bowls I and II. Hall of Fame Packers quarterback Bart Starr is also scheduled to be interviewed.
An NFL Films-produced feature within the show will offer rare in-game audio of Lombardi coaching. Current and former NFL head coaches will also reflect on Lombardi’s legacy, discussing his indelible impact on the game of football more than 40 years since he last coached in the NFL. (Note: Lombardi’s Legacy will re-air on Tuesday, June 11 at 9 p.m. on ESPN2)
In addition to “Lombardi’s Legacy,” ESPN is celebrating what would have been Lombardi’s 100th birthday by counting down the 20 greatest coaches in NFL history. The ESPN.com series started May 21 and concludes June 11, when the top-ranked NFL coach is unveiled. The list of the top 20 NFL coaches — at No. 12 with the unveiling of John Madden on Friday — is based on voting conducted by a panel of 22 ESPN hosts, analysts, television and radio commentators, and ESPN.com writers.