Daily Driver, Super Bowl Edition: Vince Lombardi


Drew Brees | Desmond Howard | Vince Lombardi | John Elway | 1972 Miami Dolphins

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Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.  [Vince Lombardi]

We definitely could not run a series of inspirational Super Bowl memories without a nod to the man whose namesake adorns the NFL Championship Trophy and whose legendary words of motivation have epitomized what it means to be a great coach.

Vince Lombardi.  One of the most heralded and revered professional coaches to have ever lived.   He was a man of relatively few words, but each one had a purpose.   He was a master of motivation.  Each pregame speech would be carefully crafted to hit upon precisely the ideas he wanted to invoke and conjure up exactly the feelings he intended.  And when the Green Bay Packers needed a halftime pick-me-up to inspire them to come back and take a 1967 Championship game from the Dallas, Lombardi’s speech was poignant, purposeful and passionate.

He explained to this group of men that winning doesn’t wait around for the tired or weary or downtrodden to recover.   Winning doesn’t wait for the weather to get better or the path to victory to be cleared.   Winning doesn’t get easier just because you have a little less to give that day.  Winning isn’t a passing fad or occasional vocation.  It can’t be turned on when convenient or summoned when you feel like it.  It is not a “sometime thing.”

No, winning is an “all the time thing.”  Winning is an attitude that you bring to work with you every day.  Winning is a way of life.   Winning doesn’t just “show up” on game-day; instead, it is woven into every facet of practice from the early morning runs to the on-field reps to even the late night studying.   Winning should be the only level at which you expect to perform regardless of the stage or the crowd or who’s watching.  And when you embrace this and demand a “winning performance” from yourself every day, rain or shine, easy or painful then you’ll realize that winning when it matters most seems to come easier.  But don’t mistake this as winning being easy.  Your blood, sweat and tears day-in and day-out should remind you of this.   They should also remind you that what it takes to win today is no different from any other day you trained and prepared.   No, winning today, even on the biggest of stages, should already be a “habit” that you’re used to.

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