Vince Lombardi, fully Vincent Thomas "Vince" Lombardi

Lombardi, fully Vincent Thomas "Vince" Lombardi

NFL Hall of Fame Coach

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Winning is not a some time 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 a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game, and that's first place. 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. 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.

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. Some guys play with their heads. That's OK. 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. 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.

Running a football team is no different than running any other kind of organization—an army, a political party or a business. The principles are the same. The object is to win—to beat the other guy. Maybe that sounds hard or cruel. I don't think it is.

It is a reality of life that men are competitive and the most competitive games draw the most competitive men. That's why they are there—to compete. The object is to win fairly, squarely, by the rules, but to win.

And in truth, 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. There is something in good men that really yearns for discipline and the harsh reality of head to head combat.

I don't say these things because I believe in the "brute" nature of man or that men must be brutalized to be combative. I believe in God, and I believe in human decency. But I firmly believe that any man's finest hour—his greatest fulfillment to all 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.

There’s only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything. I do, and I demand that my players do.

Winning isn't everything. It's the only thing. (Lombardi later commented on this quote I wished I'd never said the thing, he said, almost desperately. I meant the effort. I meant having a goal. I sure didn't mean for people to crush human values and morality.)

They call it coaching but it is teaching. You do not just tell them - you show them the reasons.

You can accomplish anything if you're willing to pay the price.

Think of only three things: your God, your family and the Green Bay Packers-in that order.

You never win a game unless you beat the guy in front of you. The score on the board doesn’t mean a thing. That’s for the fans. You’ve got to win the war with the man in front of you. You’ve got to get your man.

To achieve success, whatever the job we have, we must pay a price.

You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.

To be successful, a man must exert an effective influence upon his brothers and upon his associates, and the degree in which he accomplishes this depends on the personality of the man. The incandescence of which he is capable. The flame of fire that burns inside of him. The magnetism which draws the heart of other men to him.

You've got to be in top physical condition. Fatigue makes cowards of us all.

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?

The philosophy of a football man’s life should be God, family and football.

We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.

The quality of each man's life is the full measure of that man's personal commitment to excellence and to victory.

We know how rough the road will be, how heavy here the load will be, we know about the barricades that wait along the track, but we have set our soul ahead upon a certain goal ahead and nothing left from hell to sky shall ever turn us back.

The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That's real glory. That's the essence of it.

We may not know any more about football than most of the other coaches in the league, but if we can put everything we know together so it makes good basic sense and then drill-drill-drill it into them... that kind of coaching can make winners out of losers.

The spirit, the will to win and the will to excel --- these are the things what will endure and these are the qualities that are so much more important than any of the events themselves.

We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.

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.

When you've got the momentum in a football game... that is a time to keep going and get it into the end zone... We want to score for America's families.

The strength of the group is the strength of the leaders.

Winners never quit and quitters never win

The will to excel and the will to win, they endure. They are more important than any events that occasion them.

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