Vince Lombardi is widely considered one of the greatest football coaches of all time. He won five NFL Championships, including two Super Bowls, with the Green Bay Packers. The NFL’s Super Bowl trophy – the Lombardi trophy – is named after him.

Vince Lombardi loved players with a desire to win

One of the hallmarks of Lombardi’s coaching was his desire to win. And he wanted players who gave everything they had to win. That’s why Lombardi loved his running back Paul Hornung.

Lombardi claimed Hornung was not a great passer, runner or field goal kicker. Yet he led the NFL in scoring for three seasons.

Paul Hornung’s desire to win

Lombardi observed that Hornung was only slightly better than the average player when the ball was in the middle of the field. Once the Packers got inside the 20-yard line, Hornung became one of the greatest players in the game.

Hornung, like his coach, had an unbelievable desire to win. He worked tirelessly in practice, and it showed in the key moments during games.

Winning isn’t everything, but trying to win is.

Leave no regrets on the field

“Leave no regrets on the field.” Those words of Vince Lombardi appeared on the wall in the Packers’ locker room. Paul Hornung embraced that philosophy.

In your work, or at school or on your team, do you give everything you’ve got? Or do you leave regrets on the field?

Bring your best effort when it matters most

It’s easy to work hard for a few hours or a few days, when there are no obstacles ahead. But how will you respond when it really matters?

You might not play football and need to score in the red zone. But you will face trying times in the days leading up to a big presentation at work. Or maybe you must overcome frigid temperatures to train for a marathon. Whatever obstacles you face, you must bring your best effort when the stakes are the highest and the challenges are greatest.

Be the best you can be when it matters most.

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Source: The Essential Vince Lombardi: Words and Wisdom to Motivate, Inspire, and Win by Vince Lombardi, Jr.