From 1954 to 1959, Vince Lombardi served as offensive coordinator of the New York Giants. On display in the Training Room are preserved original hand drawn plays from that time period. Interestingly, during that era, there was a college all star game where an NFL team played a collection of college all stars. You can see the first 10 scripted plays from the 1957 all star game vs. the New York Giants as well as other diagrammed plays.
We all have heard the legendary late night antics of Paul Hornung and Max McGee. In the Press Box of the restaurant, you can see a hilarious signed picture from Paul Hornung. He has replaced “Lombardi Ave” with “Hornung Dr” and wrote; “Coach- Thought you would get a laugh at a remembrance of my last visit to GB, Paul. PS- McGee had a hard time holding me up there after curfew!”
On display is a Hilton luggage tag owned by Vince Lombardi. What is particularly interesting about this piece is the address. 1265 Highland Ave. 1265 still exists but is now 1265 Lombardi Ave- Lambeau Field.
In 1969, Vince Lombardi left Green Bay to take over the Washington Redskins for one season. Pictured with Vince on the cover is Sonny Jurgensen, quarterback of the Redskins. Two interesting items regarding this piece are that it contains the original mailing label to Mr. V T Lombardi in Potomac, MD and the glass is signed by Sonny Jurgensen as he dined in the restaurant when the Washington Redskins stayed at the hotel for a game vs. the Green Bay Packers.
The oil portrait of Vince and Marie located at the entrance to the restaurant hung above the mantle in the Lombardi Green Bay home. The artist who painted the portrait is T. McDonald. Tommy McDonald is the artist and he played wide receiver, mostly for the Philadelphia Eagles. He was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998.
The centerpiece of the restaurant is a replica Super Bowl I trophy made from the original Tiffany mold. It sits atop a pedestal that logs every year’s Super Bowl contestants with the game’s result.
Steakhouse or Museum?
With Vince Lombardi Jr.’s urging “Nothing I can do will enhance my father’s image but something done poorly will detract from it.”, a great deal of effort and expense was put into developing Vince Lombardi’s Steakhouse. From preserving and displaying artifacts from the Lombardi Estate to reproducing many of the classic photographs taken by famed Green Bay Packer photographer, Vern Biever, the restaurant is as much a museum as it is a world class steakhouse.
Vince Lombardi’s Steakhouse features over 400 photos, artifacts, trophies, presidential letters, family photos and many unique items echoing from a bygone day of National Football League history. Vince Lombardi passed away on September 3, 1970 but his legend lives on in Vince Lombardi’s Steakhouse.