Vince Lombardi Team Motivation Techniques
Vince Lombardi was a great man. He was a greater football coach, said by some to be the greatest football coach who ever lived. He was a man who did not give up on his players, himself, or his team. He believed that everyone could be successful with the right team motivation techniques.
Background Information on Vince Lombardi:
Vince Lombardi was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1913 and was brought up in a very strict Catholic household. He started to school to be a priest at age 15, but soon changed his mind. Two short years later, he started playing football at Fordham University. He was famous as one of their “Seven Blocks of Granite” players. In 1937, he graduated and began going to law school. Instead of becoming an attorney, though, he took on a teaching and coaching job with a school in New Jersey. Eight years later, he married his sweetheart, Marie, in 1940.
They went on to have two children, a boy and a girl. He became a coach for Fordham University in 1947 for two years. In 1954-1958, he served as an assistant coach to the New York Giants. In 1949, he became Red Blaik’s assistant coach at West Point. Lombardi was known for being a workaholic and soon received an offer to be the assistant coach for the Green Bay Packers. He became head coach and went on to lead the Packers to 5 winning seasons and championships. In 1959, when he was the head coach for the Packers, he was known for his hard, grueling practice sessions and training camps with his players. During the 1960′s, he led them to five NFL Championships and to Superbowls 1 and 2. He also earned his place as the greatest football coach ever. In 1969, he moved to Washington and became the coach for the Washington Redskins. He miraculously turned this team into a winner as this was their first winning season in over 10 years under his direction.
Then, in 1970, tragedy struck as he became ill and was diagnosed with colon cancer which was very advanced already. He died a mere 10 weeks later at the young age of 57. There were 2 separate funeral ceremonies with thousands of people attending them. He was posthumously inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and remembered for all his famous attempts at team motivation at which he was most successful. Also, the Super Bowl trophy’s name was changed to the Lombardi trophy.
One of his most famous quotes says this: “Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”
Lombardi was also featured as the “Face of the NFL” on the cover of Time magazine in 1962 before his death. His coaching skills and team motivation philosophy led many to be inspired by his attitude. He had his own definition of lateness, “Lombardi time” where only if you were 10-15 minutes early, only then were you not late. He is also famous for zone blocking where you make a hole and the running back is “looking for daylight.”