In today's Rewarding Moments In Redskins History presented by Maryland Lottery My Lottery Rewards, we look back at the Redskins' hiring of legend Vince Lombardi as head coach Feb. 7, 1969.
"It is not true that I can walk across the Potomac," he said via The Washington Post, "even when it is frozen.”
Then he got serious.
"Why did I choose Washington among offers from other cities?” he asked. “Because it is the capital of the world. And I have some plans to make it the football capital."
Lombardi’s hiring came at an important time in Redskins history. Washington hadn’t had a winning season since 1955, and so his addition revitalized the fan base and helped turn around the culture of losing.
"I would like to have a winner in my first year, if possible,” said Lombardi, who you could consider a prophet. “But we have got to have the right people. We will have to be fortunate with injuries. There will have to be a charisma between the teaching and the receiving."
At his introductory press conference in Washington, Lombardi always remained faithful to his family, and his wife, Marie, it seemed, always knew what was best for him.
"My wife wants me back coaching,” Lombardi said. “She told me I was a damn fool to get out of it. She is a fan as well as a wife. Besides, I miss the rapport with the players."
Then he gave a tip to President Richard Nixon.
“If the President is a pro football fan, he ought to be out to our games here in his home city."