A meaningful exhibition contest is recalled, with this press pass assigned to Vince Lombardi's wife. After a truly remarkable run as head coach of the Green Bay Packers during the 1960s, Lombardi took over the reins of the Washington Redskins for the 1969 season. Though death claimed this football mastermind in 1970, he changed the culture of the Washington team, directing the first winning season since the mid-1950s. Lombardi's impact set the stage for a great 'Skins run under his successor, George Allen.
At the same time, the city of Tampa was trying to earn an NFL franchise. In pursuit of this goal, Tampa built a stadium capable of seating NFL size crowds. In the late-1960s and early-1970s, Tampa Stadium hosted college and pro games, including both exhibition and regular season contests. The city's fans did their part by eagerly packing the house, paving the way for the arrival of the Buccaneers in 1976.
One of the more important preseason contests to take place at Tampa Stadium was the NFL Suncoast Classic. Here we have a Press Box Pass made out to Marie Lombardi, who was Vince Lombardi's wife. Dated 8/30/69, this pass was good for a game between Lombardi's Redskins and the Detroit Lions. This crisp and vibrant pass has withstood the test of time in fine fashion, with just moderate traces of wear leading to an (VG-EX+) designation.