Vince Lombardi


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A US American football coach, born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised as a Roman Catholic, who attended the Jesuit-based Fordham University in New York. Lombardi graduated in business but his prowess on the football field steered him towards a career in coaching. His hugely successful career included unprecedented runs of success coaching the New York Giants, the Green Bay Packers, and the Washington Redskins. At the Giants, he transformed the career of Frank Gifford, making him one of the biggest names in the history of the gridiron game. Renowned for his highly quotable comments on personal sacrifice and self-belief, Lombardi is widely misunderstood to have coined the saying ‘Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing’. James A. Michener (Sports in America, 1976) called this Lombardi's ‘summation of the competitor's creed’. Equally quotable from the Lombardi stock is the observation: ‘Football isn't a contact sport, it's a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport.’

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