Vince Lombardi by Jimmie Richards

By in Leadership, Sports Leaders

“Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”



In 1967, he received the Fordham’s highest honor, the ‘Insignis medal’ for being a wonderful teacher. After four years, he was inducted into the Fordham’s University Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1969, he received the ‘Silver Buffalo Award’ by the Boy scouts of America and two years later was enshrined in the NFL’s pro football Hall of Fame.   


Lombardi was a native born to New York  City. Born in Brooklyn he would wake up before dawn to attend daily mass being that he was Catholic. And would have became a Catholic priest if not an football coach. As a head coach Lombardi was a phenomenal leader he turned this team around and in the span of 9 years, they won 5 league championships, winning two Super Bowls. Lombardi eventually became known as one of the best football coaches in the history of football.


Leadership Experience

Lombardi had ample experience as a leader through coaching football. Some of Lombardi’s leadership lessons were, it’s about winning, pay the price it takes, and teamwork is essential. Lombardi saw the importance of winning in any game and in life. He couldn’t accept defeat as final and he was single minded in winning his games.Lombardi knew that the price of success was hard work. He believed it and preached discipline in them, and helped them win.Lombardi saw the importance of teamwork and he focuses a lot on it. He saw that team work was the way to win, whether it was in the game or in life.



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