ESPN’s Lombardi’s Legacy Special to Air June 6

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ESPN’s Lombardi’s Legacy Special to Air June 6

One-Hour Special Hosted by Chris Berman to Celebrate Legendary Green Bay Packers Coach Vince Lombardi

ESPN will commemorate the coaching legacy and accomplishments of Vince Lombardi with a one-hour special entitled Lombardi’s Legacy hosted by Chris Berman on Thursday, June 6, at 9 p.m. ET. The program coincides with this month’s 100th anniversary of the National Football League coaching legend’s birth (June 11, 1913). 

Berman will be joined in-studio by ESPN analyst and Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Ditka and former Green Bay Packers right guard Jerry Kramer, who played for Lombardi and helped lead the Packers to five NFL titles and wins in Super Bowls I and II.  Hall of Fame Packers quarterback Bart Starr is also scheduled to be interviewed.

An NFL Films-produced feature within the show will offer rare in-game audio of Lombardi coaching. Current and former NFL head coaches will also reflect on Lombardi’s legacy, discussing his indelible impact on the game of football more than 40 years since he last coached in the NFL. (Note: Lombardi’s Legacy will re-air on Tuesday, June 11 at 9 p.m. on ESPN2)

ESPN.com’s Countdown of 20 Greatest Coaches in NFL History Concludes June 11 

In addition to Lombardi’s Legacy, ESPN is celebrating what would have been Lombardi’s 100th birthday this month by counting down the 20 greatest coaches in NFL history. The ESPN.com series started May 21 and concludes June 11 when the top-ranked NFL coach is unveiled. The list of the top 20 NFL coaches – currently at No. 12 with the unveiling of John Madden on Friday — is based on voting conducted by a panel of 22 ESPN hosts, analysts, television and radio commentators, and ESPN.com writers.

On television, the first of four Greatest Coaches in NFL History shows begin airing on ESPN on Tuesday, June 4, at 7 p.m. NFL Live’s Trey Wingo will host the 30-minute shows with analysts and former NFL coaches Herm Edwards and Eric Mangini. TV schedule:  

Date Time (ET) Show Network
Tue, June 4 7 p.m. Greatest Coaches in NFL History (20-16) ESPN
Wed, June 5 7 p.m. Greatest Coaches in NFL History (15-11) ESPN
  7:30 p.m. Greatest Coaches in NFL History (10-6) ESPN
Thu, June 6 8:30 p.m. Greatest Coaches in NFL History (5-1) ESPN
  9 p.m. Lombardi’s Legacy ESPN
Tues, June 11 9 p.m. Lombardi’s Legacy (re-air) ESPN2

 The Greatest Coaches in NFL History Countdown (updated thru May 31):

No. 20: Tony Dungy
No. 19: Mike Shanahan
No. 18: Sid Gillman
No. 17: Marv Levy
No. 16: Hank Stram
No. 15: Bud Grant
No. 14 Tom Coughlin
No. 13: Jimmy Johnson
No. 12: John Madden

 Note: remaining coaches will be unveiled daily through June 11

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Bill Hofheimer

I oversee ESPN’s pro football PR, including Monday Night Football and NFL studio shows. Other programs I work on include ESPN soccer, Around the Horn and PTI.
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