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2010-03-10, 07:18
From ESPN.com

Robert De Niro to play Vince Lombardi in movie
Tue, Mar 9 3:48PM ET by ESPN

Legendary coach Vince Lombardi will be portrayed by Robert De Niro.
Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro is attached to play legendary coach Vince Lombardi in the theatrical motion picture "Lombardi" being developed by ESPN Films, Andell Entertainment and the NFL. Additionally, Academy Award-winning screenwriter Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, The Good Shepherd) has come on board the project, which will chronicle Lombardi during the years he transformed the Green Bay Packers from the worst team in the National Football League into five-time NFL champions.

"Having an icon portray an icon on film is amazing," said Ron Semiao, senior vice president of ESPN Films, "and with a writer as talented as Eric working on the script, the results could be magical for NFL fans."

Current plans call for the film's release on the weekend between the AFC and NFC Conference Championships and the Super Bowl in 2012.

"There are few actors who could accurately portray the fire, passion and grit of Lombardi," said Charles Coplin, NFL's vice president of programming, "and we're thrilled to have Robert De Niro on our team."

The story's narrative arc spans from 1959 when Lombardi was given his first opportunity to be an NFL head coach, taking over the small-town Packers, then the worst team in the NFL, and runs through his transformation of a group of young, talented but undisciplined losers into five-time NFL champions. Also, the story highlights the long-standing rivalry that existed between Lombardi and legendary Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry, both of whom were assistants on the New York Giants team that lost the 1958 NFL Championship game.

in a related note from Vanity Fair ...

Why the Vince Lombardi Biopic Will Be the Best Sports Movie of All Time
by Julian Sancton March 9, 2010, 5:59 PM

Every great sports movie can be boiled down to its memorable quotes. Quick, what’s that one line from Field of Dreams? Or A League of Their Own? Or Jerry Maguire? See? So when I heard the news that Robert De Niro will play legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi, I began to wonder whether the biopic may become the greatest sports movie ever.
You see, Lombardi may be the most prolific generator of rousing quotes since Winston Churchill. Think Yogi Berra with a brain. So as long as screenwriter Eric Roth, who proved his ear for quotes with Forrest Gump, can let Lombardi’s words speak for themselves, this movie is a surefire winner. Here are just a few contenders for the film’s best line:

• “If it doesn’t matter who wins or loses, then why do they keep score?”

• “Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.”

• “Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser.”

• “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.”

If Lombardi’s bottomless font of quotable gridiron wisdom isn’t enough of a guarantee of the film’s greatness, the presence of Robert De Niro should push it into the pantheon. After all, it was his performance that made Raging Bull not just the best sports movie, but one of the best films ever.

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2010-03-10, 11:09
DeNiro will do a great job!

Vince didn't say “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing” according to David Maraniss's book "When Pride Still Mattered : A Life Of Vince Lombardi."

He talks about it a some length and attributes it to another couple of coaches...not Lombardi. In the book Maraniss delves into the human side of Lombardi, including his tremendously strong faith...a daily communicant, reveals information on his gay brother, his home life and his wife's unbeliveably dysfunctional family.

He was a giant among men who hated prejudice.

Here are the numerous reviews on the book from Amazon:


2010-03-10, 20:03
I keep waiting for Joe Pesci to play the role of Joe Paterno in a film.