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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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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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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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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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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Gentlemen, we are going to relentlessly chase perfection, knowing full well we will not catch it, because nothing is perfect. But we are going to relentlessly chase it, because in the process we will catch excellence. I am not remotely interested in just being good.

VINCE LOMBARDI, first team meeting as Packers coach, Game of My Life: 25 Stories of Packers Football

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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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We shall play every game to the hilt with every ounce of fiber we have in our bodies.

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

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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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Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.

VINCE LOMBARDI, attributed, The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets to Turning On the Tuned-Out Child

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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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One must not hesitate to innovate and change with the times. The leader who stands still is not progressing, and he will not remain a leader for long.

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

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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 strength of the group is in the will of the leader, and the will is character in action.

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

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Winners never quit and quitters never win.

VINCE LOMBARDI, attributed, 101 Reasons to Love the Packers

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