Iconic NFL Stadiums

Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Soldier Field in Chicago and Superdome in New Orleans are just a few iconic NFL stadiums in the US.

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University of Alabama
Home of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team, Bryant-Denny Stadium was named after legendary coach Paul 'Bear' Bryant and Dr. George Denny, who became the school president in 1912. Located in Tuscaloosa, this prominent football venue has a seating capacity of 101,821.
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University of Notre Dame
Quite possibly the most renowned football stadium in all of college football, the home of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Notre Dame Stadium, is located just north of South Bend, IN. The stadium opened its doors in 1930 and has a seating capacity of 80,795.
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University of Florida
Welcome to 'The Swamp,' also known as Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, home of the 3-time National Champion University of Florida Gators. Located in Gainesville, it's the 11th largest college football stadium in the US with an official seating capacity of 88,548.
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University of Texas
Located in Austin, the Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium is home to Big 12 powerhouse University of Texas Longhorns. Formerly known as War Memorial Stadium, the Longhorns' stadium is the 6th largest in the NCAA with a seating capacity of 100,119.
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University of Michigan
As the largest stadium in the US, we know how Michigan Stadium got its nickname 'The Big House.' Located in Ann Arbor, The University of Michigan Wolverines have been battling in the 'Big House' since 1927. The 3rd largest stadium in the world has an official seating capacity of 109,901, although it set the NCAA single-game attendance record in 2010 with 113,090.
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University of California Los Angeles
The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Bruins football team has been fortunate enough to play in one of college football's most prestigious stadiums, The Rose Bowl, since 1982. Home to 1 of 5 BCS (Bowl Championship Series) bowl games, this national historic landmark in Pasadena has a seating capacity of 94,392.
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Louisiana State University
Tiger Stadium, located in Baton Rouge, is home to the Louisiana State University (LSU) Tigers. Known by many in the football world as 'Death Valley,' Tiger Stadium has a seating capacity of 92,542.
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Ohio State University
One of the most dominant college football teams over the past decade, the Ohio State University Buckeyes, have been playing at Ohio Stadium since 1922. After finishing its renovation in 2001, 'The Horseshoe' is the 4th largest football stadium in the US with a seating capacity of 102,329.
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Penn State University
Beaver Stadium in University Park (Happy Valley) State College, PA, is a tough venue for opposing teams playing the Penn State Nittany Lions. The intensity of its boisterous student body in the second- largest stadium in the western hemisphere (106,572 seating capacity) ' could intimate the best teams.
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University of Washington
Overlooking scenic Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains, Husky Stadium, home of the University of Washington Huskies, has one of the most unique designs in college football. Its U-shape was specifically designed in order to keep the glare of the sun out of the players' eyes. Being the largest stadium in the Pacific Northwest, Husky Stadium has a seating capacity of 72,500.
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University of Nebraska
Holder of the NCAA record for consecutive sell-out crowds at 311, Memorial Stadium, also known as a 'Sea of Red,' is home to the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers football team. Located in Lincoln, the official seating capacity of Memorial Stadium is 81,067.
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University of Tennessee
The Rocky Top state is home to one of the more impressive stadiums in the country: Neyland Stadium in Knoxville. Home to the University of Tennessee Volunteers, this stadium has a seating capacity of 102, 455 and is the 3rd largest non-racing stadium in the US.
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University of Southern California
Jointly owned by the state of California and the city of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is home to the University of Southern California (USC) Trojans. Built in the University Park neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1923, it has a seating capacity of 93,607.
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Rupp Arena
Rupp Arena

Rupp Arena

Rupp Arena - University of Kentucky
Named after legendary head coach Adolph Rupp, Rupp Arena in downtown Lexington, KY, has definitely seen its share of victories. The University of Kentucky Wildcats own the record for the most wins in Division I men's college basketball history, and play in the largest basketball arena in the US. With arguably the most passionate fans in college basketball and more than 23,500 seats, they don't get more wild then Rupp Arena and the fans of Big Blue Nation.
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Carrier Dome

Carrier Dome

Carrier Dome - Syracuse University
The Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY, has to pull double duty as it plays host to 2 of Syracuse University's major men's sports programs. The football program plays in the 49,250-seat stadium, but the Orangemen are known for their excellence on the basketball court. With such a massive stadium, the basketball fans are large in numbers and as loud as can be, making the Carrier Dome one of the toughest places for any opponent.
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Allen Fieldhouse

Allen Fieldhouse

Phog Allen Fieldhouse - University of Kansas
You can find tradition nearly everywhere inside Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, KS. Need proof? The Kansas Jayhawks play their home games on James Naismith Court, the inventor of basketball. With the second most wins in men's college basketball history, Rock Chalk Nation cheers loud but chants even louder.
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Bud Walton Arena

Bud Walton Arena

Bud Walton Arena - University of Arkansas
The "Basketball Palace of Mid-America" resides in Fayetteville, AR, and is home to the University of Arkansas Razorbacks. One of the newer stadiums on our list, Bud Walton Arena was constructed in 1993. Its history was cemented in the arena's inaugural season as the men's team won the national championship.
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University Arena

University Arena

University Arena - University of New Mexico
The Pit, formerly known as University Arena, is one of the loudest arenas in all of college basketball. You can hear the 15,000-plus fans howling, as the University of New Mexico Lobos duke it out on Bob King Court in Albuquerque, NM.
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Gallagher IBA Arena

Gallagher IBA Arena

Gallagher-IBA Arena - Oklahoma State University
Located in Stillwater, OK, Gallagher-Iba Arena is home to Oklahoma State's Cowboys. Built in 1938, Gallagher-Iba Arena still has its original maple floors, and is known by many as "The Rowdiest Arena in the Country."
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Memorial Gym

Memorial Gym

Memorial Gym - Vanderbilt University
Probably the most unique stadium in all of college basketball belongs to Vanderbilt University. Memorial Gym in Nashville, TN, features the team benches on opposite ends rather than sides, along with a cinematic, triple-deck structure. Memorial Gym is said to give the Commodores home court advantage because of its unusual design, making it one of the most difficult places for opposing teams to come away with a win.
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Maples Pavilion

Maples Pavilion

Maples Pavilion - Stanford University
Known for the Sixth Man, the raucous student section of Cardinal fans, Maples Pavilion has become one of the most notorious venues on the West Coast. With fans sitting just inches from the court, opposing teams face a difficult task every time they travel to Stanford, CA.
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Pauley Pavilion

Pauley Pavilion

Pauley Pavilion - University of California Los Angeles
When it comes to Los Angeles basketball, most people think of the Lakers. But rivaling the recent success in their home stadium, the Staples Center, is Pauley Pavilion, the home of the UCLA Bruins. LA is known for its flash, and in classic LA fashion, Pauley Pavilion has seen its share of superstars. With the "Wizard of Westwood" John Wooden coaching such legends as Lew Alcinder (aka Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and Bill Walton, and owning the most national championships in men's college basketball history, it's clear why the Pavilion made our sweet 16.
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Cameron Indoor Stadium

Cameron Indoor Stadium

Cameron Indoor Stadium - Duke University
One of the most historic basketball venues in the country also happens to be one of the smallest. Home of the Duke Blue Devils, and only seating 9,314, Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, NC, is known as one of the most electric stadiums in all of basketball. There have been many legendary coaches in college basketball but perhaps none more than the court's namesake, Mike Krzyzewski, or as he's known by most fans, simply "Coach K."
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Smith Spectrum

Smith Spectrum

Smith Spectrum - Utah State University
If you're trying to concentrate, the Smith Spectrum, home of the Utah State Aggies, is the last place you want to be. Over the past decade, the spectrum has gained a reputation as one of the toughest venues for opposing teams due to its disturbingly loud student section. Located in Logan, UT, the Smith Spectrum has a seating capacity of 10,270.
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The Palestra

The Palestra

The Palestra - University of Pennsylvania
When you think of top college basketball venues, you think of the big programs that have been dominant for decades. But the "Cathedral of College Basketball" belongs to the Quakers of the University of Pennsylvania. Located in Philadelphia, the Palestra opened in 1927 and has a capacity of 8,722.
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The Dean Dome

The Dean Dome

The Dean Dome - University of North Carolina
Just down "Tobacco Road" from Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) rival Duke University, the University of North Carolina Tar Heels play their home games in Chapel Hill, NC, at the Smith Center, better known as the Dean Dome. With jerseys once worn by the likes of Michael Jordan, James Worthy and Bob McAdoo hanging from the rafters, there's no doubt that the Dean Dome is one of the most historic venues in all of college basketball.
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Hinkle Fieldhouse - Butler University
Home to the Butler Bulldogs men's basketball team, Hinkle Fieldhouse, which was built in 1928 and renamed in 1966 after Paul D. Hinkle, is one of the oldest college basketball stadiums still in use. The fieldhouse is also a US national historic landmark.
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Assembly Hall

Assembly Hall

Assembly Hall - Indiana University
The Hoosiers may have been up and down on the court for the past decade, but that can’t erase their incredible history in Assembly Hall. Over an 11-year span from 1976 to 1987, legendary coach Bob Knight led the Hoosiers to 3 national championships, including a perfect season in '76. And who can forget the moment Bob lost his temper and hurled a chair across the court against Purdue in '85? Moments like these, good and bad, have created a special environment for Hoosier fans in Bloomington, IN.
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University of Alabama
Home of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team, Bryant-Denny Stadium was named after legendary coach Paul 'Bear' Bryant and Dr. George Denny, who became the school president in 1912. Located in Tuscaloosa, this prominent football venue has a seating capacity of 101,821.
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University of Notre Dame
Quite possibly the most renowned football stadium in all of college football, the home of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Notre Dame Stadium, is located just north of South Bend, IN. The stadium opened its doors in 1930 and has a seating capacity of 80,795.
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University of Florida
Welcome to 'The Swamp,' also known as Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, home of the 3-time National Champion University of Florida Gators. Located in Gainesville, it's the 11th largest college football stadium in the US with an official seating capacity of 88,548.
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University of Texas
Located in Austin, the Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium is home to Big 12 powerhouse University of Texas Longhorns. Formerly known as War Memorial Stadium, the Longhorns' stadium is the 6th largest in the NCAA with a seating capacity of 100,119.
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University of Michigan
As the largest stadium in the US, we know how Michigan Stadium got its nickname 'The Big House.' Located in Ann Arbor, The University of Michigan Wolverines have been battling in the 'Big House' since 1927. The 3rd largest stadium in the world has an official seating capacity of 109,901, although it set the NCAA single-game attendance record in 2010 with 113,090.
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University of California Los Angeles
The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Bruins football team has been fortunate enough to play in one of college football's most prestigious stadiums, The Rose Bowl, since 1982. Home to 1 of 5 BCS (Bowl Championship Series) bowl games, this national historic landmark in Pasadena has a seating capacity of 94,392.
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Louisiana State University
Tiger Stadium, located in Baton Rouge, is home to the Louisiana State University (LSU) Tigers. Known by many in the football world as 'Death Valley,' Tiger Stadium has a seating capacity of 92,542.
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Ohio State University
One of the most dominant college football teams over the past decade, the Ohio State University Buckeyes, have been playing at Ohio Stadium since 1922. After finishing its renovation in 2001, 'The Horseshoe' is the 4th largest football stadium in the US with a seating capacity of 102,329.
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Penn State University
Beaver Stadium in University Park (Happy Valley) State College, PA, is a tough venue for opposing teams playing the Penn State Nittany Lions. The intensity of its boisterous student body in the second- largest stadium in the western hemisphere (106,572 seating capacity) ' could intimate the best teams.
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University of Washington
Overlooking scenic Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains, Husky Stadium, home of the University of Washington Huskies, has one of the most unique designs in college football. Its U-shape was specifically designed in order to keep the glare of the sun out of the players' eyes. Being the largest stadium in the Pacific Northwest, Husky Stadium has a seating capacity of 72,500.
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University of Nebraska
Holder of the NCAA record for consecutive sell-out crowds at 311, Memorial Stadium, also known as a 'Sea of Red,' is home to the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers football team. Located in Lincoln, the official seating capacity of Memorial Stadium is 81,067.
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University of Tennessee
The Rocky Top state is home to one of the more impressive stadiums in the country: Neyland Stadium in Knoxville. Home to the University of Tennessee Volunteers, this stadium has a seating capacity of 102, 455 and is the 3rd largest non-racing stadium in the US.
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University of Southern California
Jointly owned by the state of California and the city of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is home to the University of Southern California (USC) Trojans. Built in the University Park neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1923, it has a seating capacity of 93,607.
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Rupp Arena

Rupp Arena

Rupp Arena - University of Kentucky
Named after legendary head coach Adolph Rupp, Rupp Arena in downtown Lexington, KY, has definitely seen its share of victories. The University of Kentucky Wildcats own the record for the most wins in Division I men's college basketball history, and play in the largest basketball arena in the US. With arguably the most passionate fans in college basketball and more than 23,500 seats, they don't get more wild then Rupp Arena and the fans of Big Blue Nation.
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Carrier Dome

Carrier Dome

Carrier Dome - Syracuse University
The Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY, has to pull double duty as it plays host to 2 of Syracuse University's major men's sports programs. The football program plays in the 49,250-seat stadium, but the Orangemen are known for their excellence on the basketball court. With such a massive stadium, the basketball fans are large in numbers and as loud as can be, making the Carrier Dome one of the toughest places for any opponent.
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Allen Fieldhouse

Allen Fieldhouse

Phog Allen Fieldhouse - University of Kansas
You can find tradition nearly everywhere inside Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, KS. Need proof? The Kansas Jayhawks play their home games on James Naismith Court, the inventor of basketball. With the second most wins in men's college basketball history, Rock Chalk Nation cheers loud but chants even louder.
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Bud Walton Arena

Bud Walton Arena

Bud Walton Arena - University of Arkansas
The "Basketball Palace of Mid-America" resides in Fayetteville, AR, and is home to the University of Arkansas Razorbacks. One of the newer stadiums on our list, Bud Walton Arena was constructed in 1993. Its history was cemented in the arena's inaugural season as the men's team won the national championship.
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University Arena

University Arena

University Arena - University of New Mexico
The Pit, formerly known as University Arena, is one of the loudest arenas in all of college basketball. You can hear the 15,000-plus fans howling, as the University of New Mexico Lobos duke it out on Bob King Court in Albuquerque, NM.
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Gallagher IBA Arena

Gallagher IBA Arena

Gallagher-IBA Arena - Oklahoma State University
Located in Stillwater, OK, Gallagher-Iba Arena is home to Oklahoma State's Cowboys. Built in 1938, Gallagher-Iba Arena still has its original maple floors, and is known by many as "The Rowdiest Arena in the Country."
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OSU Marketing - Phil Shockley  

Memorial Gym

Memorial Gym

Memorial Gym - Vanderbilt University
Probably the most unique stadium in all of college basketball belongs to Vanderbilt University. Memorial Gym in Nashville, TN, features the team benches on opposite ends rather than sides, along with a cinematic, triple-deck structure. Memorial Gym is said to give the Commodores home court advantage because of its unusual design, making it one of the most difficult places for opposing teams to come away with a win.
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Maples Pavilion

Maples Pavilion

Maples Pavilion - Stanford University
Known for the Sixth Man, the raucous student section of Cardinal fans, Maples Pavilion has become one of the most notorious venues on the West Coast. With fans sitting just inches from the court, opposing teams face a difficult task every time they travel to Stanford, CA.
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Standford Athletics  

Pauley Pavilion

Pauley Pavilion

Pauley Pavilion - University of California Los Angeles
When it comes to Los Angeles basketball, most people think of the Lakers. But rivaling the recent success in their home stadium, the Staples Center, is Pauley Pavilion, the home of the UCLA Bruins. LA is known for its flash, and in classic LA fashion, Pauley Pavilion has seen its share of superstars. With the "Wizard of Westwood" John Wooden coaching such legends as Lew Alcinder (aka Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and Bill Walton, and owning the most national championships in men's college basketball history, it's clear why the Pavilion made our sweet 16.
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Cameron Indoor Stadium

Cameron Indoor Stadium

Cameron Indoor Stadium - Duke University
One of the most historic basketball venues in the country also happens to be one of the smallest. Home of the Duke Blue Devils, and only seating 9,314, Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, NC, is known as one of the most electric stadiums in all of basketball. There have been many legendary coaches in college basketball but perhaps none more than the court's namesake, Mike Krzyzewski, or as he's known by most fans, simply "Coach K."
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Smith Spectrum

Smith Spectrum

Smith Spectrum - Utah State University
If you're trying to concentrate, the Smith Spectrum, home of the Utah State Aggies, is the last place you want to be. Over the past decade, the spectrum has gained a reputation as one of the toughest venues for opposing teams due to its disturbingly loud student section. Located in Logan, UT, the Smith Spectrum has a seating capacity of 10,270.
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The Palestra

The Palestra

The Palestra - University of Pennsylvania
When you think of top college basketball venues, you think of the big programs that have been dominant for decades. But the "Cathedral of College Basketball" belongs to the Quakers of the University of Pennsylvania. Located in Philadelphia, the Palestra opened in 1927 and has a capacity of 8,722.
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The Dean Dome

The Dean Dome

The Dean Dome - University of North Carolina
Just down "Tobacco Road" from Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) rival Duke University, the University of North Carolina Tar Heels play their home games in Chapel Hill, NC, at the Smith Center, better known as the Dean Dome. With jerseys once worn by the likes of Michael Jordan, James Worthy and Bob McAdoo hanging from the rafters, there's no doubt that the Dean Dome is one of the most historic venues in all of college basketball.
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Hinkle Fieldhouse - Butler University
Home to the Butler Bulldogs men's basketball team, Hinkle Fieldhouse, which was built in 1928 and renamed in 1966 after Paul D. Hinkle, is one of the oldest college basketball stadiums still in use. The fieldhouse is also a US national historic landmark.
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Assembly Hall

Assembly Hall

Assembly Hall - Indiana University
The Hoosiers may have been up and down on the court for the past decade, but that can’t erase their incredible history in Assembly Hall. Over an 11-year span from 1976 to 1987, legendary coach Bob Knight led the Hoosiers to 3 national championships, including a perfect season in '76. And who can forget the moment Bob lost his temper and hurled a chair across the court against Purdue in '85? Moments like these, good and bad, have created a special environment for Hoosier fans in Bloomington, IN.
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Vince Lombardi, son of Italian immigrants, defied economic odds and a small physical stature to become a star football player for Fordham University in the mid-1930s. 960 1280

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Despite being undersized for the position (5'8", 183 lbs.), Lombardi became the right guard in the "Seven Blocks of Granite," a nickname given to Fordham's dominant defensive front line. In this photo he pursues a Purdue ball carrier in the mid-1930s. 960 1280

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After several highly successful years coaching high-school football, Lombardi returned to Fordham in 1947 to coach the freshman teams in football and basketball. The following year he served as an assistant coach for Fordham's varsity football team. 960 1280

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In 1948 Lombardi left Fordham to accept another assistant coaching position at the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), then a national power in college football. He served under Army's legendary head coach Colonel Red Blaik. 960 1280

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From 1954 to 1958, Lombardi served as offensive coordinator for the New York Giants and helped lead the team to the NFL title in 1956. In 1959, he became head coach of the struggling Green Bay Packers. By 1960, Lombardi had transformed the Packers into a football powerhouse. 960 1280

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Lombardi's most famous play became known as the "Lombardi Sweep," executed here by Paul Hornung (#5) in the 1965 NFL Championship game against the Cleveland Browns. From 1959 to 1967, Lombardi's Packers won 5 NFL championships, including victories in the first 2 Super Bowls. 960 1280

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Lombardi's NFL-champion Packers defeated the AFL-champion Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 in the first Super Bowl on January 15, 1967, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The venerable stadium, built for the 1932 Olympics, had a capacity of over 90,000 seats, but attracted only 61,946 for the game. 960 1280

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Lombardi became head coach of the Washington Redskins in 1969. In his first year he broke a string of 14 losing seasons, finishing with a record of 7'5'2. In this photo, he instructs a player during training camp on August 7, 1969. 960 1280

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After being diagnosed with a particularly aggressive form of cancer, Lombardi died on September 3, 1970 at the age of 57. Three days later, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle named the Super Bowl trophy the "Vince Lombardi Trophy." 960 1280

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Lombardi was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH, in 1971. 960 1280

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Once called the "Pope of Green Bay," the Lombardi legend lives on with this present-day Green Bay Packers fan. The Packers will play the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV on Feb. 6, 2011. 960 1280

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