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Feb. 6, 1969: St. Vince Hired as Redskins Coach

Feb. 6, 1969: Vince Lombardi Hired as Redskins Coach

THIS WEEK IN REDSKINS HISTORY: On Feb. 6, 1969, a man dubbed the “second coming” was introduced as the Redskins’ new coach.  Vince Lombardi, winner of five NFL titles in Green Bay, would now try to work his magic in the nation’s capital.  At his introductory press conference, he dismissed any perceptions of himself as immortal, saying – quote – “Despite what some of you may think, I can’t walk across the Potomac, even when it’s frozen.”  Lombardi could create a winner, though.  The shrewd motivator and strategist led his Redskins to a 7-5-2 mark in 1969, their first winning season in 14 years.  But Lombardi died of colon cancer just before the 1970 season, a monumental tragedy in Redskins history.