Vincent Thomas Lombardi died 35 years ago this week, Sept. 3, 1970, in Washington, D.C. after a short battle with cancer. He was 57.
1998: Green Bay goes global
The Packers open preseason play against Kansas City Chiefs in the American Bowl, played this year in Tokyo, Japan. The contest marked the Packers' first game off the North American continent, but not their first off American soil as they had met the Buffalo Bills in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in the previous American Bowl on Aug. 16, 1997. The Far East incarnation was a big hit, with 42,018 fans witnessing an exciting 27-24 Packer victory in overtime.
2003: Legends reborn
Bart Starr and Ron Wolf dedicate the new Packer Hall of Fame in the Lambeau Field Atrium on Sept. 4, 2003. The 25,000-wquare foot structure includes the rebuild office of coach Lombardi and the team's three Super Bowl trophies. Other attractions such as interactive exhibits, films and historic memorabilia make the new facility unparalleled in the NFL.
Cornerback Joey Thomas turns 25 this week. He was born Aug. 29, 1980 in Seattle, Wash.