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Vince Lombardi, a famous and widely quoted football coach, was an authoritarian with a gruff voice and legendary temper. He instilled an uncompromising work ethic in his players. In nine seasons as coach of the Green Bay Packers, he won five NFL championships and two Super Bowls. Though he died of cancer in 1970 at only 57, Lombardi left a legacy of leadership. A devout Catholic, he valued discipline, honesty, commitment and sacrifice. Vince Lombardi Jr. bases his profile on his dad’s famous “What It Takes to Be Number One” speech and often quotes the coach’s philosophy. The elder Lombardi was tough, but his players loved and respected him for showing them how to succeed, on and off the field. Lombardi’s son is justifiably proud of his father’s success. Some of the coach’s methods and mind-sets may bespeak a different era, but his leadership is clear throughout.
About the Author
Vince Lombardi Jr. is the former assistant executive director of the NFL management council, frequent public speaker and a labor negotiator. He is also the author of The Lombardi Rules and The Essential Vince Lombardi.