Vince Lombardi Quotes
June 11, 1913 – September 3, 1970
One of football’s most accomplished and respected coaches.Vince Lombardi demonstratedcommitment and perseverance to his players and to himself. He dedicatedhis life to helping others be better and this can clearly be seen from his workwith football players. In 1971 he was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame.
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.
The best coaches know what the end result looks like, whether it’s an offensive play, a defensive play, a defensive coverage, or just some idea of the organization. If you don’t know what the end result is supposed to look like, you can’t get there.
Football is like life, it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.
The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.
Leadership rests not only upon ability, not only upon capacity; having the capacity to lead is not enough. The leader must be willing to use it. His leadership is then based on truth and character.
Individual commitment to a group effort-that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
To achieve success, whatever the job we have, we must pay a price.
Mental toughness is essential to success.
Positive Thinking |
If you can’t accept losing, you can’t win.
In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail.
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 the right thing once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
Quotes About Vince Lombardi
Lombardi elevated the game by making his players approach it as a pursuit towards perfection. Under Lombardi’s philosophy, by working to excel at football, a football player excels at life – he seeks to achieve his potential. By becoming the best football player possible, the player contributes to the greater good.Patrick McCaskey, Vince Lombardi: Ten Greatest Coaches of the NFL Volume 6
He (Vince Lombardi) tried to be other things – he began his career teaching high school physics, chemistry and Latin, in addition to coaching football and basketball – but soon found his true calling lay in exhorting others to greatness on the football field.Vince Lombardi Jr., The Lombardi Rules: 26 Lessons from Vince Lombardi–The World’s Greatest Coach
. . . Lombardi did more than build and maintain one of the most colorful and efficient dynasties in the history of the National Football League. He became a folk hero, a cultural icon, a symbol of excellence and discipline and those elusive qualities that define greatness.Billy Reed
The Trinity of Vince Lombardi’s early years was religion, family and sports. They seemed intertwined, as inseparable to him as Father, Son and Holy Ghost. The church was not some distant institution to be visited once a week, but part of the rhythm of daily life.David Maraniss, When Pride Still Mattered: A Life Of Vince Lombardi
Vince Lombardi was a master in knowing how to take a group of diverse people and turn them into a winning team. The principles he employed are identical to those that help grow a successful business.Rosalind Cole
While growing up, Vince participated in many sports. He played basketball, baseball, even fought and won a Golden Gloves boxing match. But football was his real love.Donald T. Phillips, Run to Win: Vince Lombardi on Coaching and Leadership
Many saw Lombardi’s conservative demeanor and obsession with discipline as the route home to a steadier time, as ballast for a ship suddenly teetering in the waves.Phil Barber, Official Vince Lombardi Playbook