Vince Lombardi

11th June 2015

Vincent Lombardi, was born in New York on 11th June 1913.  He is arguably the greatest American Football coach of all time.

He made his name with the Green Bay Packers who dominated the National Football League in the 1960s.  His focus on hard work, simplicity and execution coupled with his ability to teach, motivate and inspire players has made him a legendary figure in the world of sport.  It is his name that adorns the Super Bowl trophy awarded to the champion football team each year.


Vince Lombardi

To celebrate the anniversary of his birthday here are 20 of his most thought provoking and inspiring quotes: –

1. “Winning is not a sometime thing, it is an all the time thing. You don’t do things right once in a while…you do them right all the time.” – Vince Lombardi

2. “Once a man has made a commitment to a way of life, he puts the greatest strength in the world behind him. It’s something we call heart power. Once a man has made this commitment, nothing will stop him short of success.” – Vince Lombardi

3. “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavour.” – Vince Lombardi

4. “….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

5. “Success is like anything worthwhile. It has a price. You have to pay the price to win and you have to pay the price to get to the point where success is possible. Most important, you must pay the price to stay there.” – Vince Lombardi

6. “The only place where Work comes before Success is in the dictionary….there is no substitute for work.” – Vince Lombardi

7. “I’ve never known a man worth his salt who, in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline. “ – Vince Lombardi

8. “Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial. Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It’s a state of mind – you could call it character in action.” – Vince Lombardi

9. “Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.” – Vince Lombardi

10. “Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi

11. “Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off of the goal.” – Vince Lombardi

12. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.” – Vince Lombardi

13. “If you’ll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives.” – Vince Lombardi

14. “No leader, however great, can long continue unless he wins battles. The battle decides all.”  – Vince Lombardi

15. “….I firmly believe that any man’s finest hours – his greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear – is that moment when he has worked his heart out in good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.” – Vince Lombardi

16. “Winning is a habit. Watch your thoughts, they become your beliefs. Watch your beliefs, they become your words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become your habits. Watch your habits, they become your character.” – Vince Lombardi

17. “Don’t succumb to excuses. Go back to the job of making the corrections and forming the habits that will make your goal possible.” – Vince Lombardi

18. “Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser.” –  Vince Lombardi

19. “The objective is to win: fairly, squarely, decently, win by the rules, but still win.” – Vince Lombardi

20. “Second place is meaningless. You can’t always be first, but you have to believe that you should have been – that you were never beaten – that time just ran out on you.” – Vince Lombard


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