As coach of the Green Bay Packers, he led  led the team to three straight and five total National Football League championships in just seven short years. He’s such a legend that the National Football League‘s Super Bowl trophy was named in his honor, and he was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971. Due to this incredible success,  he’s become a national symbol of single-minded determination to win.

Enjoy our countdown of the greatest quote from the legendary Vince Lombardi.

#10

“The quality of a man’s life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.”

#9

“The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel, are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.”

#8

“It’s easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you’re a winner, when you’re number one. What you’ve got to have is faith and discipline when you’re not yet a winner.”

#7

“If you’ll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives.”

#6

“Winning is not a sometime thing, it is an all the time thing. You don’t do things right once in a while… you do them right all the time.”

#5

“Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.”

#4

“Gentlemen, we are going to relentlessly chase perfection, knowing full well we will not catch it, because nothing is perfect. But we are going to relentlessly chase it, because in the process we will catch excellence. I am not remotely interested in just being good.”

#3

“A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive, and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done. Once a man has made a commitment… he puts the greatest strength in the world behind him. It’s something we call heart power. Once a man has made this commitment, nothing will stop him short of success.”

#2

“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear, is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted, but victorious, on the field of battle.”

#1

“After all the cheers have died down and the stadium is empty, after the headlines have been written, and after you are back in the quiet of your room and the championship ring has been placed on the dresser and after all the pomp and fanfare have faded, the enduring thing that is left is the dedication to doing with our lives the very best we can to make the world a better place in which to live.”

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