Bart Starr & Vince Lombardi’s Impact




2 In November of 1966, Ed Weidner had reached out to Vince Lombardi via a written letter to see if he would be interested in participating in the athletic program for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Lombardi played such an integral role in the city of Green Bay as head coach of the Packers that Weidner believed Lombardi could help UWGB with his expertise. Lombardi wrote back to Weidner saying that he felt honored to serve as a type of adviser for the athletics program. Lombardi later would give Weidner some advice on the sports programs and what would be a successful driving force for UWGB. Weidner had listened to Lombardi’s words and went a different route than what he had previously decided on.                                                                                                                                                                                                    3

In April of 1970, The Varsity Club at UWGB had become a viable organization and held their first annual Varsity Club dinner. To show the Packers support of how well UWGB had put together their sports teams, Packers quarterback at the time, Bart Starr, had attended the dinner. Starr had given a speech to close the dinner. He was quoted as saying, “Enthusiasm is the key to success, and it is easy to get to the top. But once you get there, everybody tries to shake the ladder.” The UWGB soccer team recorded a winning 12-2-2 record, while the basketball team was able to win 16 out of their 18 games. Starr was chosen to be on the UWGB athletic committee around this time.

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