Pro Football Talk pointed out an article in the Green Bay Press-Gazette that the gravesite of legendary National Football League coach Vince Lombardi has not been taking care of properly.
Even though the Lombardi family has refuted the claims the evidence doesn’t lie.
According to the article, 58-year-old retired police officer Gary Martin has taken it upon himself to clean up the grave a couple times a year.
“The grave was in total disarray,” said Martin. “You couldn’t even read his name. It was totally overgrown. It took a lot of work. You can’t believe the work it takes.”
Martin started doing this 25 years ago after visiting the grave and finding it totally neglected. Since then he has taken it upon himself to make sure that the grave site is clean. At first he would make the three hour round trip from his home in Parsippany, N.J once a month. However, that is now down to four times a year due to a bad back.
One could dismiss the claim if Martin was the only person talking, but that isn’t the case as Lombardi’s secretary from the Green Bay Packers Lori Keck has also come out talking about it as well.
“I was absolutely amazed that no one (had been) taking care of the gravesite,” said Keck. “I don’t want to create any problems here, but I’m very surprised that the family wasn’t doing it. He’s an icon and the Super Bowl trophy is named after him. Somebody ought to be taking care of that gravesite.”
Also, the photos accompanied with the article at the Press-Gazette article make it clear that what Martin is saying is true.
Hopefully, National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell will step up and pay for the daily or weekly maintenance of the site.
In the end, any which way even if the NFL or the Lombardi family don’t step up someone will as Lombardi is too important to the history of the NFL to have his gravesite neglected.