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The Rise of Professional Football
October 2002

In football’s early days, college football was more popular than professional football. New Jersey’s Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers helped change that. Lombardi coached Green Bay Packers to five NFL Titles and two Super Bowl crowns in the 1960s. Before he reached the NFL, Lombardi got his start at St. Cecilia's High School in Englewood.

One of the many great players on Lombardi’s Packer teams was Jim Ringo. Considered one of the greatest centers of all time, Ringo graduated from Phillipsburg High School and was born in Orange. He started what at the time was a record 182 straight games over more than 13 years.

Franco Harris of Mount Holly is widely considered one of the great running backs of all time. The receiver in football’s legendary “immaculate reception,” Harris won four Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970s and also made nine Pro Bowl teams.

Joe Theismann quarterbacked the Washington Redskins to two Super Bowls in the early 1980s. In his scholastic days, Joe set passing records at the University of Notre Dame and led South River High School to an undefeated season. Today, you can hear Joe as he announces on ESPN Sunday Night Football.

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