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“Vince Lombardi at West Point: The Early Days of a Football Legend”

Football History, Two-part serial article, Assembly Magazine

Drawing on research for A Return to Glory, this article is filled with true stories and warm vignettes from Vince Lombardi’s tumultuous five seasons under the head coach Vince most admired and whom Vince credited as his greatest gridiron teacher, Army’s Earl H. “Red” Blaik. The piece spans Army’s difficult 1951-53 seasons, when the Academy, Blaik, his coaches, and team were rebuilding following the disastrous 1951 cheating scandal – which wiped out Army’s greatly admired, nationally ranked team after a ten-year run to football glory, with possibly a fourth national championship in 1951.