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January 11, 2011

"I will demand a commitment to excellence and to victory and that is what life is all about."

Vince Lombardi, Green Bay Packers Football Coach

Vince Lombardi

Vince Lombardi's Packers won five NFL Championships (including the first two Super Bowls) in his nine year tenure as Head Coach. Lombardi was the Washington Redskins Head Coach for one year; the Redskins had 14 straight losing seasons prior to Lombardi's arrival. The Redskins went 7-5-2 under Vince.

Vince Lombardi changed the culture with both the Packers and the Redskins.     

Vince never played professional football; he was a guard on Fordham's football team.The Brooklyn native was one of Fordham's "Seven Blocks of Granite."      

Lombardi was an assistant coach at both Army and the New York Giants before getting the Packers job in 1959. The Packers went 1-10-1 in 1958(worst record in franchise history) and under Lombardi they went 7-5 the following season.      

Under Lombardi, the Packers were known for their "power sweep" with running backs Paul Hornung and Jim Taylor and a fine offensive line. Lombardi emphasized fundamentals and execution which is something he heard Red Blaik preach when Vince was an assistant to Coach Blaik at Army.

For Howard's thoughts on Vince Lombardi, click here.

 


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