Halas and Lombardi rivalry looms over Bears-Packers game

September 23, 2011

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NFL greats George Halas and Vince Lombardi helped cement the Bears-Packers rivalry.

The Bears-Packers rivalry was never limited to the fans. Two long-standing leaders also helped cement the contentious relationship: George Halas of the Bears and Vince Lombardi of the Packers were NFL giants. The Bears' headquarters and the National Football Conference trophy is named for Halas, and the Super Bowl trophy bears Lombardi's namesake.

Earlier this year, Eight Forty-Eight turned to two sports experts to find out more about the relationship between these rivals. David Maraniss, author of the book - When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi, and Lester Munson, a writer and investigative reporter for ESPN.com and a regular voice on Eight Forty-Eight.

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