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“What It Takes To Be No. 1”
Football season may be behind us, but I recently came across a speech considered by many to be the greatest sports speech of all time. It's written by Vince Lombardi, former head coach of the Green Bay Packers. It's an?amazing speech. I can visualize Lombardi in the locker room room with his players...Here are some excerpts, as timely today as when it was written 40 years ago.
Winning is?not a sometime thing, it's an all 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.
There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game, and that's first place.
There is a second place bowl game, but it is a game for losers played by losers.
Some guys play with their heads. That's O.K. You've got to be smart to be number one in any business. But more importantly, you've got to play with your heart, with every fiber of your body. If you're lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he's never going to come off the field second.
Running a football team is no different than running any other kind of organization, an army, a political party or a business. The principles are the same. The object is to win. To beat the other guy. Maybe that sounds harsh or cruel. I don't think it is.
It is a reality of life that men are competitive and the most competitive games draw the most competitive men. That's why they are there. To compete. To know the rules and objectives when they get in the game.
The object is to win fairly, squarely, by the rules-but to win. And in truth, I've never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn't appreciate the grind, the discipline.
The speech was never copyrighted.
Am I going to hear from some of our ladies on this one? I sense some mail already coming my direction...