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Vince Lombardi

Lombardi (left) with Packers quarterback Bart Starr
Personal information
Date of birth: (1913-06-11)June 11, 1913
Place of birth: Brooklyn, New York
Date of death: September 3, 1970(1970-09-03) (aged 57)
Place of death: Washington, D.C.
Career information
College: Fordham (1934–1936)
Career history
As coach:

St. Cecilia HS (NJ) (1939–1941) (assistant)
St. Cecilia HS (NJ) (1942–1946) (head coach)
Fordham (1947–1948) (assistant)
Army (1949–1953) (assistant)
New York Giants (1954–1958) (offensive coordinator)
Green Bay Packers (1959–1967 (head coach)
Washington Redskins (1969) (head coach)

As administrator:

Green Bay Packers (1968) (general manager)

Career highlights and awards

2× NFL Coach of the Year (1959, 1961)
2× Super Bowl champion (I, II)
6× NFL champion (1956, 1961, 1962, 1965–1967)
96–34–6 (regular season record)
9–1 (playoff record)
105–35–6 (overall record)
Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame
Washington Redskins Ring of Fame

Career NFL statistics
Win–loss record: 105-35-6
Winning percentage: .719
Playoff record: 9-1
Overall record: 105–35–6

Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing.
Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
Vince Lombardi
Unless a man believes in himself and makes a total commitment to his career and puts everything he has into it – his mind, his body, his heart – what's life worth to him?
Vince Lombardi
Every time a football player goes to ply his trade, he's got to play from the ground up – from the soles of his feet right up to his head. Every inch of him has to play.
Vince Lombardi
Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
Vince Lombardi
Success demands singleness of purpose.
Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.
The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
Vince Lombardi
We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time.
Football is like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.
Vince Lombardi
Nobody wants to give up good players.
Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
The difference between men is in energy, in the strong will, in the settled purpose and in the invincible determination.
Vince Lombardi
It's easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you're a winner, when you're number one. What you got to have is faith and discipline when you're not a winner.
Vince Lombardi
Battles are won in the hearts of men.
Fatigue makes cowards of us all.
If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.
Vince Lombardi
Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while… you don't do things right once in a while… you do them right all the time. Winning is habit.
Vince Lombardi
The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.
Vince Lombardi
It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up.
There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game and that is first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay and I never want to finish second again.
Vince Lombardi
I don't think there's a punch-line scheduled, is there?
I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay, and I don't ever want to finish second again. There is a second place bowl game, but it is a game for losers played by losers. It is and always has been an American zeal to be first in anything we do, and to win, and to win, and to win.
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There is something good in men that really yearn for discipline.
The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.
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The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.
Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That's real glory. That's the essence of it.
Vince Lombardi
Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.
Vince Lombardi
Some guys play with their heads. That's okay. You've got to be smart to be number one in any business. But more importantly, you've got to play with your heart, with every fiber of your body.
Vince Lombardi
Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.
If it doesn't matter who wins or loses, then why do they keep score?
If you can shrug off a loss, you can't be a winner.
People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.
Vince Lombardi
Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent's pressure, and the temporary failures.
Vince Lombardi
Some people try to find things in this game that don't exist but football is only two things – blocking and tackling.
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We run to win, not just to be in the race.
If you can accept losing, you can't win.
Mental toughness is spartanism with qualities of sacrifice, self-denial, dedication. It is fearlessness, and it is love.
Vince Lombardi
Football is a great deal like life in that it teaches that work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness and respect for authority is the price that each and every one of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.
Vince Lombardi
The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.
Vince Lombardi
I'll put the Packers' best players on defense. It's best for a team and good for its morale.
Vince Lombardi
The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.
Vince Lombardi
Coaches who can outline plays on a black board are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their player and motivate.
Vince Lombardi
The leader can never close the gap between himself and the group. If he does, he is no longer what he must be. He must walk a tightrope between the consent he must win and the control he must exert.
Vince Lombardi
Why did I choose Washington among offers from other cities? Because it is the capital of the world.
Vince Lombardi
Go back through football, and you will see that the team with the best defense wins.
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The will to win is the only thing.
The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.
A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall.
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Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
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Character is just another word for having a perfectly disciplined and educated will. A person can make his own character by blending these elements with an intense desire to achieve excellence. Everyone is different in what I will call magnitude, but the capacity to achieve character is still the same.
Vince Lombardi
Show me a good loser, and I'll show you a loser.
Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will be judged by only one thing-the result.
Vince Lombardi
A disciplined person is one who follows the will of the one who gives the orders.
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Teamwork is what the Green Bay Packers were all about. They didn't do it for individual glory. They did it because they loved one another.
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At many a moment on many a day, I am convinced that pro football must be a game for madmen, and I must be one of them.
Vince Lombardi
You don't do things right once in a while. You do things right all the time.
Vince Lombardi
If you're lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he's never going to come off the field second.
Vince Lombardi
I'm not afraid to die – it's just that I had so much left to do in this world.
Vince Lombardi
The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.
I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.
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We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.
Vince Lombardi
Winners never quit and quitters never win.
They'd better be physically tough when they start pulling on their football pants.
Vince Lombardi
I've never been with a losing team in my life, and I don't think I'll start now.
Vince Lombardi