MIDDLETOWN - A Monmouth County man wants to honor late NFL and New Jersey legend Vince Lombardi by bringing the coach's namesake trophy to his final resting place.
A simple headstone honors the legendary football coach at Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Middletown.
Allan Hofmann, a fan of the late coach, visits year-round. "It's pretty spectacular this year, says Hofmann. “Not as dressed up as it usually is... an amazing man."
Cemetery Superintendent Ed Cardoza agrees. He wants a special tribute to the man who once called Fair Haven home and led the Green Bay Packers to win five NFL championships and the first two Super Bowls.
Cardoza wants the NFL to bring the Vince Lombardi Trophy to his grave, located just about one hour from MetLife Stadium. "Vince Lombardi is the ultimate goal for the football league and he's right here, says Cardoza. “I think the two should at least meet once."
Cardoza says it's the perfect time for the trophy to be brought here to pay him tribute and is pushing for an official league visit with players and the trophy. "That would be very touching to do that," he says. "It's been a long time."
It's been more than four decades since Lombardi's death from colon cancer.