David Lombardi

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Born (1988-05-05) May 5, 1988 (age 35)
Alma mater
  • Stanford University
  • Boston University
  • American Sports Pundit
  • Commentator

David Lombardi (born May 5th 1988), is an American sports pundit and commentator. Lombardi currently covers the National Football League’s San Francisco 49ers for the The Athletic (the sports section of the New York Times). [1]


Lombardi graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelors degree in 2010, and received a Masters in Broadcasting from Boston University in 2011.


A native of Visalia, California, Lombardi started his career covering Stanford sports for KZSU campus radio, serving as the Sports Director from 2006 until 2010, while an undergraduate, and covering Stanford football games.[2]

After receiving his Masters degree in broadcasting, Lombardi began his career at 95.7 The Game, while simultaneously working as a sideline reporter on a freelance basis for stations affiliated with the Comcast Network and Joined the Stanford Football Pregame Show on KNBR, as well as a general freelancer covering Stanford football. [3] [4] [5]

His breakthrough came in September 2014, when he was hired by ESPN as a writer, pundit and on air-analyst for college football. [3] [6]

In 2017, Lombardi was let go during a major layoff[7] at ESPN and began covering the San Francisco 49ers for The Athletic.

Lombardi made his first appearance (representing his outlet, The Athletic) on the San Francisco 49ers official podcast, You’ve Got Mail, in 2020. [8] He also frequently is a guest in various sports-related podcasts and reporting. [9] [10] [11]


In 2012, Lombardi was listed as one of the top 20 newscasters covering college sports in North America by the Sportcasters Talent Agency. [12]

On January 26th, 2023, Lombardi was praised for capturing on video how Dallas Cowboys General Manager John Lynch was able to sprint from his suite at the Dallas stadium down to the field in minutes during a divisional playoff game. [13]

In June of 2022, Lombardi received attention for being of the pundits that correctly predicted that the 49ers Deebo Samuel would re-sign to the 49ers while Jimmy Garoppolo was on the roster. He also received praise for providing frequent first-hand updates on the health status of the players, with one pundit calling him a “49ers insider”. [14] [15]

Lombardi was featured in a biographical article by Peninsula Press.[3]

Personal life

In addition to U.S. citizenship, Lombardi holds Czech citizenship through his mother. He also is fluent in Czech.[16] He is married to his wife, Margo Lombardi.

He is not related to Vince Lombardi, despite the shared surname and the existence of rumors to the contrary. [17]


  1. "David Lombardi". The Athletic. Retrieved 2023-09-09.
  2. "A look at the 76th annual Brut Sun Bowl". www.paloaltoonline.com. Retrieved 2023-09-09.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Silverman, Sam (April 21, 2022). "David Lombardi grew up a die-hard 49ers fan. Now he gets to write about them every day". Peninsula Press. Retrieved September 8, 2023.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. "The view from Stanford: David Lombardi". www.jsonline.com. Retrieved 2023-09-09.
  5. "Stanford football & recruiting Q&A with David Lombardi". www.pacifictakes.com. 2013-11-03. Retrieved 2023-09-09.
  6. "A college football coaching odyssey from Japan to Stanford". ABC7 San Francisco. Retrieved 2023-09-09.
  7. Wire, S. I. (2017-04-26). "ESPN layoffs: Ed Werder, Jayson Stark on list of cuts". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2023-09-09.
  8. "You've Got Mail Podcast - Ep. 6 The Athletic's David Lombardi". www.49ers.com. Retrieved 2023-09-09.
  9. Development, PodBean. "David Lombardi: Writing His Way | Sooo Stignatious!". sooostignatious.podbean.com. Retrieved 2023-09-09.
  10. "Bulldog Breakdown: Catching up with 49ers insider David Lombardi". Yahoo News. 2022-05-16. Retrieved 2023-09-10.
  11. "Jake Haener shoots down Brock Purdy comparisons at 49ers Pro Day | abc30.com". abc30.com. Retrieved 2023-09-10.
  12. "2012 Rankings". Sportscasters Talent Agency of America. Retrieved 2023-09-10.
  13. "A reporter made an amazing video to show how John Lynch got down to the 49ers' field so fast". For The Win. 2023-01-26. Retrieved 2023-09-09.
  14. "David Lombardi predicts whether Deebo Samuel extension or Jimmy Garoppolo trade happens first – KNBR". www.knbr.com. Retrieved 2023-09-09.
  15. "Looking ahead to Eagles, 49ers rematch: When is San Fran ever healthy?". Inside the Iggles. 2023-05-16. Retrieved 2023-09-09.
  16. Lombardi, David. "Tomáš Hertl, Radim Šimek and Lukáš Radil: On the Czech hockey legacy and an American life for the three Sharks". The Athletic. Retrieved 2023-09-09.
  17. Desk, Doms (2023-08-03). "Is David Lombardi Related to Vince Lombardi? The Truth Behind the Rumor". Retrieved 2023-09-09.

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