Vince Lombardi

Arguably pro football’s all-time greatest coach, Vince Lombardi compiled a phenomenal career head coaching record of 105-35-6 in 10 pro coaching seasons (9 with the Packers), with not one losing season. He led the Packers to five NFL championships in the 1960s, as well as wins in Super Bowl I and II (this was right before the NFL-AFL merger)

In his coaching, Vince emphasized such ideals as commitment, will, dedication, preparation, and mental toughness. Vince preached a simple philosophy that stressed fundamentals and the importance of blocking and tackling, yet he also brought innovations and trickeration into his game plan as well.

Sadly, Vince died of intestinal cancer at age 57 in 1970. The next year, The Super Bowl Trophy was renamed the Vince Lombardi Super Bowl Trophy—a true testament to his impact on the sport and his tremendous winning ways. To this day, his Packers team legacy and his coaching career are used as a measuring stick for other great teams and coaches.

Vince Lombardi Quotes

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

It’s easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you’re a winner, when you’re number one. What you’ve got to have is faith and discipline when you’re not yet a winner.

You never win a game unless you beat the guy in front of you.

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.

Mental toughness is essential to success.

It’s not whether you get knocked down—it’s whether you get up.

Confidence is contagious and so is lack of confidence, and a customer will recognize both.

[Explaining why his game plan was so simple despite his vast array of talented players:] It’s hard to be aggressive when you’re confused.