RAMSEY: Former Packers great Forrest Gregg, a Colorado Springs resident, remembers Lombardi and 1st Super Bowl By: David Ramsey Feb 2, 2011
Forrest Gregg is asked about the first Super Bowl, played 44 years ago in Southern California sunshine.
But on this bitterly frigid day in Colorado Springs, Gregg travels back even deeper into the past to an autumn day in 1965 when he witnessed the slightly sinister genius of Vince Lombardi.
Gregg and the Packers won the first two Super Bowls by destroying the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders. Gregg was there for the loud, startling moment in 1965 when Lombardi built the path to those victories.
Gregg, who has lived in the Springs for a decade, is a Super Bowl expert. He won three as an offensive lineman for the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys and coached the Cincinnati Bengals to the brink of victory in 1982. He’s a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
He played for Lombardi from 1959 to 1967 when the Packers rampaged to five NFL titles in nine seasons. This run established Lombardi as a mythic figure.
But Gregg experienced the reality of Lombardi. He saw the man’s brilliant, tireless preparation. He endured his relentless, highly effective mind games.
The Packers played in the NFL title game in 1960, 1961 and 1962, winning the last two. Lombardi had traveled, in four seasons, from no-name assistant to Emperor of the NFL.
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