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ScuttleBu(r)t

Packer PR director enjoyed working with Lombardi

June 14, 2013
By BURT ANGELI - Sports Writer , The Daily News

ScuttleBu(r)t ...

Chuck Lane, Green Bay Packer public relations director for 13 years, started his career in 1966 working for the legendary Vince Lombardi. He was a grassy green 23 years of age at the time.

"There's one way to do things, his way," Lane said Wednesday night during the annual Packer Night program at Recreation Lanes. "It didn't take long to figure that out.

"But he was a great guy to work for. He's the most unique individual I've ever met. His inspirational ability set him above everybody."

Lane said the famous "Ice Bowl" was a "Lombardi-willed victory" where the Packers edged the Cowboys in the final freezing seconds.

"Lombardi passed out in the locker room after that game," Lane said. "Not many people know that. He was physically worn down

Lane, 71, also handled public relations for Packer head coaches Phil Bengtson, Dan Devine and Bart Starr. He sees some Lombardi-like qualities in present packer coach Mike McCarthy.

"Mike runs a tight ship," said Lane, who assists with a McCarthy golf tournament and fund-raiser. "He has a great touch with the community."

Lane, 71, now with Humana insurance for the past 29 years, talked about his Packer days and fielded questions from the audience Wednesday. A viewing of the 2012 Packers highlights video "Unfinished Business" started the program ...

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At one point, "Sweets" became emotional talking about his Little League days at first base and how the high school program wasn't around back then to further his baseball career. I guess we'll never know if the baseball world lost out on another Yuniesky Betancourt ...

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Jessica Marsozyk, a junior discus thrower for Kansas, placed fourth (183 feet) in the NCAA women's outdoor track & field championships. The Jayhawks won the team title.

In the NCAA Division 3 men's meet, sophomore Grant Havard of team king UW-La Crosse wound up third in discus (175-3).

Both Marsozyk and Havard are Seymour High school grads where their throwing coach was Niagara's Matt Molle, who also serves as the school's head football coach ...

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