Vince Lombardi
Vincent Thomas "Vince" Lombardi (June 11, 1913 September 3, 1970) was an American football
American football
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 coach. He is best known as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
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 during the 1960s, where he led the team to three straight league championships and five in seven years, including winning the first two Super Bowls following the 1966 and 1967 NFL seasons. The National Football League
National Football League
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's Super Bowl
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Vince Lombardi Trophy
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 is named in his honor. He was enshrined in the NFL's Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971.

He played football at St. Francis Preparatory School
St. Francis Preparatory School
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, and later Fordham University
Fordham University
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If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.

Reported in Vince Lombardi, Jr., What It Takes to Be 1: Vince Lombardi on Leadership (2003), p. 105.

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

Reported in Lee Green, Sportswit (1984), p. 169.

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.

First team meeting as Packers coach (1959), reported in Chuck Carlson, Game of My Life: 25 Stories of Packers Football (2004), p. 149; Richard Scott, Jay Barker, Legends of Alabama Football (2004), p. 78.