One of my favorite things about my Lambeau weekend was the chance to stand in Coach Vince Lombardi’s shadow.

There are so many things the old coach said that serve as reminders for leaders from all walks of life. Here are a few of my favorite . . .

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

“The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.”

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

“A man can be as great as he wants to be. 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.” 

“Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial. Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It’s a state of mind – you could call it character in action.”

“You never win a game unless you beat the guy in front of you. The score on the board doesn’t mean a thing. That’s for the fans. You’ve got to win the war with the man in front of you. You’ve got to get your man.”

“Leadership rests not only upon ability, not only upon capacity – having the capacity to lead is not enough. The leader must be willing to use it. His leadership is then based on truth and character. There must be truth in the purpose and will power in the character.”

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



Which of these Lombardi quotes most resonates with your life today? 




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8 years ago

I absolutely LOVE these, Randy. Thanks you. As a former employee of Ryan’s… I must make mention that he shared your blog with us very often as his staff… and now, having moved on to another school system (thank God I did it at just the right time…), I share your blog with my boss and he does the same with our staff here. THANK YOU… not only for your awesome writing, but also for sharing awesome personal stories and experiences with all of us out in cyberspace 🙂 Liz


8 years ago

Thank you Liz for the comment. I am so glad the blog is helpful to you and your new team. I know you are missed by the kids of Tifton. Have a great day & make a difference in your new place!

Coach Brown

8 years ago

Lombardi is one of my all time coaching examples – he was from and started his coaching career near where my mother was raised in New Jersey. The biggest misquote credited to him was regarding “winning was everything!” – What Lombardi actually said was the “will to win was everything!” To that I agree, Winning is the outcome of the determination, dedication and discipline one commits to be the very best. There are no shortcuts to be a winner!


8 years ago

Great quote Coach. Thanks!

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