Born June 11, 1913. Brooklyn, New York.
Died September 3, 1970. Washington, D.C.
Vince Lombardi Jr.
Vince was born in the Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn, the
first of five children to Henry and Matilda Izzo Lombardi. He
had 2 sisters and 2 brothers. He experimented with boxing as a
teenager, but didn't care for it and started his studies for priesthood
decided in 1930 not to pursue the priesthood, and started his
football playing career as a fullback at St. Francis Prep. He
went on to play guard at Fordham University from 1933-1936, becoming
one of the "Seven Blocks of Granite" in his senior season.
He graduated from Fordham magna cum laude in 1937, and attended
Fordham Law School at night while working for a finance company
by day. He also played a couple of seasons of semi-pro football.
1939 he took an assistant football coaching job at St. Cecilia
High School in Englewood, NJ, earning $1700 a year while also
coaching basketball and baseball, and teaching Latin, algebra,
physics and chemistry. He married Marie in 1940, and left St.
Cecilia in 1947 to become the freshman football coach at Fordham,
and moved up to varsity assistant a year later. He left to coach
the offensive line at West Point in 1949, and took his first NFL
job as offensive coordinator for the New York Giants in 1954.
While there, the Giants won four divisional titles and one NFL
began his head coaching career in 1959, at the age of 46 with
the Green Bay Packers. In one season, he turned a 1-10-1 team
into a 7-5 team, and was a unanimous choice for NFL coach of the
year. He stepped down as head coach in 1968 after winning six
divisional championships, five NFL championships, and Super Bowls
I and II, but he did stay in Green Bay as the team's General Manager.
1969, Vince resigned as the Packers' General Manager to become
part-owner, executive vice-president and coach of the Washington
Redskins. He was forced to retire after one season when he was
diagnosed with cancer. He died less than a year later.
overall coaching record was 105-35-6. He was inducted as a charter
member to the Fordham University Hall of Fame in 1970, and was
inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971 and the Green
Bay Packer Hall of Fame in 1975. Shortly after his death in 1970,
the Rotary Club created an annual award to go to the top college
lineman or linebacker in his name, and the NFL renamed its Super
Bowl trophy in honor of him.
sterling silver Vince Lombardi Trophey is hand created by Tiffany
& Company, weighing 6.7 pounds, standing 20 inches tall, and
valued at over $10,000.
"The dictionary is the only place where success somes before
is not everything -- but making effort to win is." (Contrary
to what many believe, Lombardi did not coin the phrase "Winning
isn't everything, its the only thing," although he may have
you learn to quit, it becomes a habit."
not whether you you get knocked down, it's whether you get up."
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 a contact sport. Football is a collision sport."
harder you work the harder it is to surrender."
you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you'll be fired with enthusiasm."
who work together will win, whether it be against complex football
defenses, or the problems of modern society."