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    1959 Green Bay Packers Letter with Paul Hornung Criticism from Vince Lombardi. Vince Lombardi had high praise for Paul Hornung and mentioned that he was the finest player he ever coached. While things were rosy when titles were being won, the early skepticism from his legendary coach must have been jarring. This letter was typed August 11, 1959, just two days before Lombardi would coach his first professional game.

    Jack Vainisi offers this stinging criticism regarding Hornung's early camp results: "As of this writing, we are most disappointed in his showing to date, and hope that he will have a reversal of form and finally prove to all the "doubting thomases", here in Green Bay, what a fine football player he is. Paul reported to training camp, weighing 226 pounds and, after two (2) strenuous weeks in practice weighs 225 pounds. He is no where near the player that he was in last years training camp, when he reported from service at 212 pounds. Vince is most disappointed in him, as he had been planning on him to be the big gun in our attack."

    Thankfully for Lombardi and the Packers, Hornung figured everything out and lived up to his high billing. Vainisi closes the letter with a "Jack" signature which has been deemed secretarial by PSA/DNA. A typed letter, on transparent paper, is also included from Julius Tucker who served as Hornung's financial advisor. Amazing and previously unknown content from the early stages of the Lombardi era.

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