Former NFL General Manager, Three-Time Super Bowl Winner Michael Lombardi Speaks in Pasadena

Published : Thursday, September 27, 2018 | 4:38 AM

Michael Lombardi

NFL and college football analyst Michael Lombardi will be speaking at the regular weekly luncheon meeting of the Pasadena Quarterbacks Club on Friday, September 28, at the University Club in Pasadena, at 175 N. Oakland Avenue.

The meeting is open to the public.

Lombardi, who was former NFL general manager and three-time Super Bowl winner, will talk about what makes football organizations tick at the championship level – something that he explains in great detail in his new book, “, “Gridiron Genius: A Master Class in Winning Championships and Building Dynasties in the NFL.” He is also expected to share what he learned working with coaching legends Bill Walsh of the 49ers, Al Davis of the Raiders, and Bill Belichick of the Patriots, among others, during his three decades in football.

Until 2016, Lombardi was an assistant to the coaching staff of the New England Patriots and is a former analyst for the NFL Network and sportswriter at He also previously served as an NFL executive with the San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, and Oakland Raiders.

Lombardi now writes a column for The Athletic and has his own podcast, “GM Street,” on the Ringer Podcast Network. He also writes for the ports and pop culture blog The Ringer.

In “Gridiron Genius,” Lombardi provides the blueprint that makes a successful organization click and win – and the mistakes unsuccessful organizations make that keep them on the losing side time and again.

The book also explains from a first-person perspective how the best leaders evaluate, acquire, and utilize personnel in ways other minds won’t even contemplate: How do you know when to trade a player? How do you create a positive atmosphere when everyone is out to maximize his own paycheck? And why is the tight end like the knight on a chessboard?

Readers will delight in the Lombardi tour of an NFL weekend. First stop: Belichick’s Saturday night staff meeting, where he announces how the game will go the next day. Spoiler alert: He always nails it.

Also speaking at the panel on Friday is Andrew Policky, Arcadia High School’s football coach.

The meeting is sponsored by Paul Martinet. Doors open at 11 a.m., and lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. The program begins promptly at 12 noon.

Cost is $28 for Pasadena Quarterbacks members and $33 for non-members.

Pasadena Quarterback meetings are held each Friday at the University Club. Parking is available on the street (two hours) or free valet parking in the adjacent lot.

Please RSVP for all members and guests.

Please note that your RSVP provides a headcount for food service. It does not reserve or guarantee a selected table or place at a table. The only reserved tables are for Gold Club members (does not include guests) past presidents, speakers and their guests.

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