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Recreating Green Knight Football History – on Lambeau Field Turf

On Saturday, Sept. 3, at 2:30 p.m. the Wisconsin Badgers faced the Louisiana State University Tigers in the Carmex Lambeau Field College Football Classic.

But this long-anticipated event was not the first college game ever played at Lambeau Field. In the 1980s, St. Norbert College twice hosted Fordham University at Lambeau for the Vince Lombardi Memorial Classic – a series initiated by Coach Larry Van Alstine ’56. And it was a spur-of-the-moment souvenir photo snapped after the Nov. 19, 1983 game that led to a much more recent Lambeau reunion for five former Green – making a new and lasting memory in the process.

The football alums met at Lambeau in the summer of 2016 to recreate the 1983 photo op that followed an 18-9 victory for the Green Knights Watch how it happened.

More about the 1983 game
Each team was selected to play in the Lombardi Memorial game for a reason: St. Norbert because it hosted the Packers during training camp (and still does today), and Fordham because, before Lombardi went on to coach the Packers to five NFL championships in seven years during the 1960s, he was one of the original “Seven Blocks of Granite” on Fordham’s famed offensive line of the 1930s.

The Vince Lombardi Memorial Classic games raised money for the Vince Lombardi Colon Clinic. Lombardi himself died of colon cancer in 1970.

In the photo
Jerry Lang ’84, of Verona, Wis.
Orthopedic surgeon at the University of Wisconsin

Tom Fameree ’84, of De Pere, Wis.
Senior vice president and director of commercial banking at Wells Fargo Bank in Green Bay

Dennis Lueck ’84, of Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Teacher, football coach, track coach at Glenbard East High School in Lombard, Ill.

Joe Doucette ’84, of Eagan, Minn.
Software sales executive

Todd Schroeder ’84, of Manitowoc, Wis.
Diagnostic radiologist with Lakeshore Radiology Associates

Sept. 6, 2016