In 1969, Vince Lombardi came out of retirement to coach the Washington Redskins and took them to their first winning season in 14 years. Dowling followed him through the season, chronicling every game and Lombardi’s sometimes tough, sometimes empathetic coaching methods. Lombardi died the following year, aged just 57.
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