Not many football coaches are a household name even among non football fans, but Vince Lombardi – who died 50 years ago today – is one of them. His name is synonymous with winning, and his quotes about hard work and perseverance decorate the walls of offices and boardrooms.
He never experienced a losing season as a coach.
Three famous – but often misquoted – Lombardisms:
In addition to five NFL championships in nine seasons, Lombardi’s Packers won the first two Super Bowls. Here, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle presents the trophy for Super Bowl I to the man whom it was later named after.
Given his lasting fame, it’s a little difficult to believe that Lombardi served as an NFL head coach for only 10 seasons. A look at his record:
Sources: VinceLombardi.com; Pro Football Hall of Fame; the NFL; “When Pride Still Mattered” by David Maraniss; “Instant Replay: The Green Bay Diary of Jerry Kramer”