VINCE LOMBARDI QUOTES

American football coach (1913-1970)

There have been a lot of coaches with good ball clubs who know the fundamentals and have plenty of discipline but still don't win the game. Then you come to the third ingredient: If you're going to play together as a team, you've got to care for one another. You've got to love each other. Each player has to be thinking about the next guy and saying to himself: If I don't block that man, Paul is going to get his legs broken. I have to do my job well in order that he can do his. The difference between mediocrity and greatness is the feeling these guys have for each other. Most people call it team spirit. When the players are imbued with that special feeling, you know you've got yourself a winning team.

VINCE LOMBARDI, attributed, Iacocca

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If it doesn't matter who wins or loses, then why do they keep score?

VINCE LOMBARDI, attributed, Pure Sport: Practical Sport Psychology

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

VINCE LOMBARDI, attributed, "Greatest Vince Lombardi Quotes", NFL.com

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

VINCE LOMBARDI, attributed, "Greatest Vince Lombardi Quotes", NFL.com

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If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you'll be fired with enthusiasm.

VINCE LOMBARDI, attributed, Sportswit

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Leadership is not just one quality, but rather a blend of many qualities; and while no one individual possesses all the needed talents to go into leadership, each man can develop a combination to make him a leader.

VINCE LOMBARDI, attributed, Run to Win: Vince Lombardi on Coaching and Leadership

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People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.

VINCE LOMBARDI, attributed, "Greatest Vince Lombardi Quotes", NFL.com

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Jim Brown will give you that leg and then take it away from you. Jim Taylor will give it to you and then ram it through your chest.

VINCE LOMBARDI, attributed, Lombardi: An Illustrated Life

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Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing.

VINCE LOMBARDI, attributed, Run to Win: Vince Lombardi on Coaching and Leadership

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When you're tired, you rationalize. You make excuses in your mind. You say, "I'm too tired; I'm bushed; I can't do this; I'll loaf." Then you're a coward.

VINCE LOMBARDI, attributed, Run to Win: Vince Lombardi on Coaching and Leadership

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

VINCE LOMBARDI, attributed, Vince Lombardi's Winning Ways

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The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

VINCE LOMBARDI, attributed, 101 Reasons to Love the Packers

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

VINCE LOMBARDI, attributed, The Coaches' Chalkboard

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I firmly believe that any man's finest hours--his greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear--is the moment when he has worked his heart out in good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle--victorious.

VINCE LOMBARDI, attributed, "Greatest Vince Lombardi Quotes", NFL.com

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The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.

VINCE LOMBARDI, attributed, "The Wisdom of Vince Lombardi", The Mirror, June 11, 2013

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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, attributed, "Greatest Vince Lombardi Quotes", NFL.com

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[Football is] a game that requires the constant conjuring of animosity.

VINCE LOMBARDI, New York Times, December 10, 1967

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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.

VINCE LOMBARDI, attributed, Run to Win: Vince Lombardi on Coaching and Leadership

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I'll beat this. I'm gonna beat this thing.

VINCE LOMBARDI, upon learning he had cancer, Vince Lombardi

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A disciplined person is the one who follows the will of the one who gives the orders.

VINCE LOMBARDI, attributed, The Lombardi Rules: 25 Lessons from Vince Lombardi, the World's Greatest Coach

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