Vince Lombardi Pep Talk Quotes

American football coach Vince Lombardi during a Green Bay Packers strategy session in 1963. Photograph: Robert Riger/Getty Images
American football coach Vince Lombardi during a Green Bay Packers strategy session in 1963. Photograph: Robert Riger/Getty Images

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Vince Lombardi had the mental toughness and the best pep talks to lead the Green Bay Packers to five championships. The passion that Lombardi's players played with and the fact that they were wholeheartedly devoted to him brought this dynasty success over and over again. He was a hard ass yet his emphasis on motivation, hard work, habit, the 'can do' attitude and dedication endeared him to millions of players, fans and opponents who admired his success and his values.

Be inspired by these famous motivational quotes by one of the NFL's greatest coaches. You will see that many of Coach Lombardi's words can apply to all aspects of life. I hope you enjoy this collection of winning inspirational quotes.

Lombardi the Man

Vincent Thomas Lombardi (aka Vince Lombardi) the legendary football coach was born on June 11, 1913 in Brooklyn, New York. This inspirational man is best known as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers during the 1960s. He made his mark in The National Football League's in the most inspiring way as the Super Bowl trophy is named in his honor.
Lombardi died on September 3, 1970 in Washington, D.C.

Lombardi The Coach of the Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers, which were founded as a football club in 1919, they have won more championships than any other NFL team. The Packers' success in its rich legacy includes founder, player and first coach Curly Lambeau, who led the team to six championships and of course the Packers carry on the legacy of winners laid out by coaches like Vince Lombardi.

Motivation, Excellence and Perfection

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence
Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence

Success Quotes

Being the Best

We can all learn success from Lombardi as he was known to take great lengths to inspire and motivate someone willing to want to be successful. His pep talks teach valuable lessons that are not only applicable to football, but to all of life's endeavors. It begs the question — how much time and effort are we willing to devote to being "the best."

"The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand."

"If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score?"

"Winners never quit and quitters never win."

You were good. Good enough to get here. And now it's time to get better."

The 'Can Do' Pep Talk

Motivational Quote
Motivational Quote

VInce Lombardi Winning Quotes

"The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur."

"Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal."

"Winning isn't everything, it is the only thing."

“If you don’t think you’re a winner, you don’t belong here.”

"Winning is a habit. Unfortuantely, so is losing."

Catch Excellence

Inspirational VInce Lombardi Quote
Inspirational VInce Lombardi Quote

Mental Toughness

Vince Lombardi is always a quotable figure and he is known for the best pep talk quotes, some about perfection many about winning and they are all for the "Can Do" person

“Teams do not go physically flat, they go mentally stale.”

“The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.”

"It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up."

"We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible."

"The strength of the group is the strength of the leaders."

“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.”

Winners

Battles are primarily won in the hearts of men - Vince Lombardi
Battles are primarily won in the hearts of men - Vince Lombardi

True Leadership

Vince Lombardi with HOF Bobby Mitchell (11 seasons, 148 games, 521 receptions, 7,954 yards, 65 touchdowns)
Vince Lombardi with HOF Bobby Mitchell (11 seasons, 148 games, 521 receptions, 7,954 yards, 65 touchdowns)

You've Got to Have Heart

Passion Quotes

“It is essential to understand that battles are primarily won in the hearts of men. Men respond to leadership in a most remarkable way and once you have won his heart, he will follow you anywhere.”

"If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm."

"Battles are primarily won in the hearts of men."

“The object is to win fairly, by the rules – but to win.”

"Every time a football player goes to ply his trade he's got to play from the ground up -- from the soles of his feet right up to his head. Every inch of him has to play. Some guys play with their heads. That's OK You've got to be smart to be number one in any business. But more importantly, you've got to play with your heart, with every fiber of your body. If you're lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he's never going to come off the field second."

“If you’re lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he’s never going to come off the field second.”

Lombardi Success Quotes

“It is and has always been an American zeal to be first in everything we do, and to win…”
“It is and has always been an American zeal to be first in everything we do, and to win…”

Victory

Confidence is contagious
Confidence is contagious

Success

Winning Quotes

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

"Football is like life -- it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority."

“People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.”

"Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence."

"Football is a great deal like life in that it teaches that work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness and respect for authority is the price that each and every one of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”

"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.”

Lombardi Luck

the true meaning of success
the true meaning of success

Victory Quote

"I firmly believe that any mans 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.”

~Vince Lombardi ~

Inspirational Leadership Quotes

Victory is Waiting for You

"Coaches who can outline plays on a black board are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their player and motivate."

“The object is to win fairly, by the rules – but to win.”

“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.”

We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time

Vince Lombari the Winning Coach

Winning wavequotes
Winning wavequotes

Inspirational Quotes

The Pep Talk

I hope you enjoyed these positive and inspirational leadership pep talk quotes. May they refresh your spirit and boost your emotional bank account.And as I write this the NFL playoffs are upon us, and if you’re not ready for them, you will be after watching Coach Lombardi do his thing.

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Vince was a very clever man as well as a tremendously inspirational coach. Thanks for these outstanding quotes, Shari. Will you be cheering for the Packers now that the Jets didn't make the playoffs?


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wavegirl22 4 years ago from New York, NY Author

Lombardi what a legendary coach, alot like you ;)

Cant get on board with the Packers as my New York Giants are traveling to Lambeau Stadium this weekend. Yes I bleed Green (Jets) but I also bleed blue! Thats what happens when you grow up close to Shea Stadium but you were born in the Bronx! Call it bi polar maybe but the 2 people that influenced my "fan hood" were my brother (a Jets fan) and my dad ( a Giants fan)

Hey .. it gives me options!

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