Vince Lombardi’s Most Inspirational Quotes

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Vince Lombardi’s Most Inspirational Quotes

Few figures in American football carry the same sort of reverence as Vince Lombardi. Lombardi famously served as the coach of the Green Bay Packers, winning 5 championships, and an incredible record for the team for both the regular and post-season. The man certainly had a way with words as well.


Lombardi had a regular season winning percentage of 73.8%.

“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.”

Vince Lombardi was no stranger to success, so I would certainly trust his take on the matter.

Team Work

The Green Bay Packers had Lombardi as head coach from 1959 to 1967.

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”

Few people understand what it means to have a collective whole succeed like Vince Lombardi. If there is anyone that understands the need for teamwork, it is him.

Will Power

Interestingly, Lombardi would move to Washington to coach the Commanders in 1969.

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

Having the grit to push through when the going gets tough makes for a successful person.

Winning and Losing

The Super Bowl trophy awarded to the winning team is named in Lombardi’s honor.

“If it doesn’t matter who wins or loses, why do they keep score?”

I don’t necessarily agree with this sentiment from Vince Lombardi, but I understand the concept behind it.


Lombardi accepted an offer to coach at West Point in 1948.

“Football is like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.”

Someone only out for themselves isn’t going to succeed in a team environment. You have to be willing to put yourself aside for the whole.


The New York Giants is where Lombardi got his start coaching in the NFL.

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

Glory isn’t about your accomplishments, but how you go about getting said results in the first place.


While his tenure at Washington was short, Lombardi gave them their first winning season since 1955.

“Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.”

If anyone understood the need for confidence and resolve, Vince Lombardi is a top contender.

Doing Your Job

Lombardi was a devout Roman Catholic, devoting time to worship.

“Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will be judged by only one thing – the result.”

This applies to sports, business, and anything else you might think of that requires a group to cooperate.


1970 saw Lombardi’s sudden and shocking death from colon cancer.

“Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”

No one is a born leader, as Vince Lombardi says. It takes work and determination to become a leader in the first place.

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