Vince Lombardi

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Vince Lombardi

10 seasons
105-35-6 career record
5 NFL titles
2 Super Bowls
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10

seasons

105-35-6

career record

5

NFL titles

2

Super Bowls
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"Winning is a habit. Watch your thoughts, they become your beliefs. Watch your beliefs, they become your words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become your habits. Watch your habits, they become your character.”

Read Vince Lombardi's Bio

(Fordham)...Vincent Thomas Lombardi ... Began head coaching career at age 45 ... Transformed Green Bay into instant winner ... Acclaimed NFL Man of the Decade in the 1960s  ... Gave Packers 89-29-4 record, five NFL titles, first two Super Bowl crowns in nine years ... Led 1969 Redskins to first winning record in 14 years ... Noted taskmaster, never had a losing season ... Born June 11, 1913, in Brooklyn, New York ... Died September 3, 1970, at age of 57.

BIO

Vince Lombardi Green Bay Packers & Washington Redskins

"Winning is a habit. Watch your thoughts, they become your beliefs. Watch your beliefs, they become your words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become your habits. Watch your habits, they become your character.”

Vince Lombardi, at the age of 45, when most pro football luminaries have made their mark and passed from the scene of a young man's game, was embarking on the dual adventure of being head coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers.

His previous NFL experience consisted of five years as an assistant coach with the New York Giants. Amazingly, Vince basked in the limelight for only one decade. Cancer struck him down just as he seemingly was about to create a "second miracle," the rejuvenation of the Washington Redskins. In remarkably few years, Lombardi became the symbol of excellence for an entire sport.

There have been few teams in pro football history in a more downtrodden state than the Packers were when Lombardi was first approached about the coaching job in 1959. Vince had gained a reputation with the Giants for his stylish, thorough, and imaginative craftsmanship on offense. He seemed to have all the credentials to be a successful head coach.

Lombardi insisted on a five-year contract to give his building program a fair chance but he set his plan into action at his very first team meeting. "I have never been on a losing team, gentlemen, and I do not intend to start now!" The Packers improved from 1-10-1 in 1958 to 7-5 in 1959. The next eight years, the Packers were in a class by themselves, winning six divisional and five NFL championships and achieving victories in Super Bowls I and II.

In 1968, Vince retired as the Packers coach but retained his general manager's duties. He found the hours "out of action" boring and, in 1969, moved to Washington, where the Redskins were struggling much the way the Packers had 10 years earlier. Remarkably, in his first season with the Redskins, Lombardi created an equally amazing result – a 7-5-2 record.

STATS

Vince Lombardi's Stats

Team Year
W
L
T
Pct
W
L
Pct
W
L
T
Pct
Division Finish
Green Bay 1959
7
5
0
.583
              3rd - Western Conference
Green Bay 1960
8
4
0
.667
0
1
.000
        1st - Western Conference
Green Bay 1961
11
3
0
.786
1
0
1.000
        1st - Western Conference
Green Bay 1962
13
1
0
.929
1
0
1.000
        1st - Western Conference
Green Bay 1963
11
2
1
.821
              2nd - Western Conference
Green Bay 1964
8
5
1
.607
              2nd - Western Conference
Green Bay 1965
10
3
1
.750
2
0
1.000
        1st - Western Conference
Green Bay 1966
12
2
0
.857
2
0
1.000
        1st - Western Conference
Green Bay 1967
9
4
1
.679
3
0
1.000
        1st - Central Division
Washington 1969
7
5
2
.571
              2nd - Capitol Division
Career Total
96
34
6
.728
9
1
.900
105
35
6
.740
 



CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

Vince Lombardi's Championship Games

Championship Games

1960 NFL – Philadelphia Eagles 17, Green Bay Packers 13
1961 NFL – Green Bay Packers 37, New York Giants 0
1962 NFL – Green Bay Packers 16, New York Giants 7
1965 NFL – Green Bay Packers 23, Cleveland Browns 12
1966 NFL – Green Bay Packers 34, Dallas Cowboys 27
1967 NFL – Green Bay Packers 21, Dallas Cowboys 17

Super Bowls

Super Bowl I – Green Bay Packers 35, Kansas City Chiefs 10
Super Bowl II – Green Bay Packers 33, Oakland Raiders 14



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Vince Lombardi's Career Highlights

 

NFL Coach of the Year - 1959 (UPI, AP); 1961 (SN)

1960 Green Bay Packers (Western Conference champions)
1961 Green Bay Packers (Western Conference, NFL champions)
1962 Green Bay Packers (Western Conference, NFL champions)
1965 Green Bay Packers (Western Conference, NFL champions)
1966 Green Bay Packers (Western Conference, NFL, Super Bowl I champions)
1967 Green Bay Packers (Western Conference, NFL, Super Bowl II champions)

CAREER CAPSULE

Vince Lombardi's Career Capsule


Lombardi - capsuleFull Name: Vincent Thomas Lombardi

Birthdate: June 11, 1913

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York
 
Died: September 3, 1970

High School: St. Francis Prep (Brookyn, NY)


Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: January 16, 1971

Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: July 31, 1971

Represented by his son Vince Lombardi, Jr.

Presenter: Wellington Mara, President - New York Giants

Other Members of Class of 1971: Jim BrownBill HewittFrank "Bruiser" KinardAndy RobustelliY.A. TittleNorm Van Brocklin

Coaching Career: 10 seasons, 136 games (plus 10 post-season games)



ENSHRINEMENT SPEECH

Vince Lombardi Enshrinement speech

Vince Lombardi Enshrinement Speech 1971

Presenter: Wellington Mara

Governor Gilligan, Mr. Mayor, Mr. Commissioner, football greats, and football fans. I think I should ad Lib for a minute and say that one of those great trades of mine took Sam Huff away from the Giants and if he's not in the Hall of Fame, he should be pretty soon. A trip to the Hall of Fame is truly an inspiration to a member of the National Football League. To see it exhibits and to stand as it were in the shadows of those great men in who’s reflected glory, we all ask to be long remembered. It brings about a full realization, said that we owe to them and a resolution that we will never forget it, and our stewardship of this heritage they have given us. Vince Lombardi did not invent professional football and he did not find the National Football League, but he embellished both of them to a degree never surpassed and seldom if ever, equaled. He made winners out of his players an losers out of his opponent. He won two Super Bowls in succession, key one three consecutive National Football League championships, and neither of those have ever been attained before or since; he won five National Football League championships in Seven years. He lost a playoff game once in 1960 and never lost another. He never had a losing season. Vincent, and adding your father to this notable company, which includes my own father, we pay homage to Vince, but we also and enable and enrich this Hall of Fame in much the way that Vince enable and enrich the National Football League, During the few brief years that were allotted to him. I think it's a great day for Vince Lombardi, also a great day for the Hall of Fame.

Vince Lombardi Jr on behalf of Vince Lombardi

Governor Gilligan, Mayor Cmich, Commissioner Rozelle, Reverend Clergy, honored enductees, friends of football, it is with pride that I acknowledge on behalf of my mother, and sister the induction of Vincent T. Lombardi into the National Football League Hall of Fame. Pride, that my father accomplished those things that would merit such an honor, and pride in the knowledge that my father together with the other members of the Hall of Fame played a role in making the National Football League what it is today. That fact witnessed by the prestige an high place of honor, accorded enshrinement here in Canton. If my father were here today, he would indeed be very pleased, for although there has been much written and said about him, few people realize how strongly my father felt about the National Football League. Few people realize how proud my father was to be a part of the tradition and the image of the National Football League and few people realize how much my father cherished his Association with the players and the coaches, and the owners and the other members of the National Football League. Obviously, you do not earn an honor such as this on your own, it takes the help and cooperation of many, many people, and my father was no exception. Because my time is limited, I cannot thank all the people who should share this honor. I sincerely hope that it is enough that they know who they are. However, I would like to take this occasion to call attention to, and to thank one person in particular. that person through love and understanding, more than any other, was responsible for the success my father did enjoy, that person, Marie Lombardi, my mother. I thank her and I thank you.