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Lombardi graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1994, where he played football and lacrosse. He is the grandson of Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi, and that topic was bound to come up when he was introduced by the Lions.

“I think when you come from a football family, you’re encouraged not to get into football,” Lombardi said. “You don’t go to the Air Force Academy with the thought that you’re going to be a football coach. But when I graduated and that first football season came around where I wasn’t involved with a football team, it felt like something was missing.

“My dad said, ‘Look, if you can live without it, do it. Don’t coach. If you can’t live without it, then I don’t know what to tell you.’ I felt like I couldn’t live without it.”


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