Vince Lombardi, then an assistant coach at West Point, was part of a delegation of coaches sent to Korea. The group's mission was to conduct football clinics, and coaching and officiating to improve the morale of U.S. troops.
Lombardi joined four other West Point assistants, departing the last week in June, 1951, for a three week stay. Although the clinics were held in secure areas, the delegation did travel close to the battle lines.
1976: Spirit of '76
Tackle Chad Clifton, No. 76, was born on June 26, 1976 in Martin, Tenn. His given name is Jeffrey Chad Clifton.
1996: Another piece in the puzzle
On June 27, 1996, the Packers traded DE Matt LaBounty to Seattle for DB Eugene Robinson. It turned out to be another of Ron Wolf's astute moves to build a champion. In his first season in Green Bay, Robinson started all 16 regular-season games, led the Packers with 6 regular-season interceptions and had two interceptions in the divisional playoff win over San Francisco en route to Super Bowl XXXI, where he made seven tackles and broke up a pass.
1997: Saying goodbye to a legend
All-time Packer great receiver Don Hutson died June 26, 1997 at age 84. Hutson, the an All-America selection out of Alabama and Packers' all-time great receiver, was the NFL's first "super end." He also was a place-kicker and safety.
Honors and records include: NFL receiving champ eight years, five-time league-leading scorer, All-NFL nine years, MVP in 1941-42, held 18 major NFL records when he retired. Career stats: 488 catches for 7,991 yards, 99 TDs and 823 points. Named to the NFL's 50-year and 75-year teams. Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963.