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Pinero returns with one-man show about legendary coach Lombardi

7:56 PM, Sep. 6, 2013  |  Comments
John Pinero as Vince Lombardi
John Pinero as Vince Lombardi
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John Pinero has been playing Vince Lombardi in his one-man show, "Vince: The Life and Times of Vince Lombardi," for 17 years.

He isn't immune to the legendary Green Bay Packers coach's influence.

"I decided to coach my son's baseball team," said Pinero, who lives in California. "I talked to him about putting effort to practice. He took it to heart, and now he's one of the best players on the team."

Perhaps it is Lombardi's transcending presence - his quotes appear in boardrooms as well as locker rooms - that has helped the show reach audiences beyond fans of the Packers Glory Years.

While the play has plenty of football references, there is more to the story as Pinero plays 25 different people who influenced Lombardi's larger-than-life personality.

Pinero, who also does motivational speeches as Lombardi, says "it's unbelievable" how much influence the coach still has in people's lives.

Even now people will talk to him after the show and bring up stories or other anecdotes. Pinero says he researches them all and if they prove to be true he may work them into the play. It's something he's been doing since it first began.

"The first time I put on the show there was a teacher waiting outside after and she said her favorite quote wasn't in," Pinero said.

He adapted the play to include the quote: "Practice doesn't make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect."

"It's always changing," he said. "It helps keep it fresh for me."

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