Hello every one! Last night’s super bowl was a dreamer’s playground, with underdogs taking home the winnings. You know what those football players physical and mentally went through during, preparation for the game, and during the actual fight for the title, is in essence what all we dreamers go through. We have a playing field, opponents, great moments and moments where we wonder if a bad decision will cost us the success we hoped to achieve.
In honor of their win last night the winning team was presented not “a” trophy but, The Vince Lombardi trophy awarded each year to the winning team of the National Football’s league championship game, the Super Bowl.
Son of an immigrant Italian butcher, Vince Lombardi the guy in which the Super Bowl trophy was named after, transcended the game which made him famous and which he, in turn, honored with the genius that he brought to it.
But his road to success was like any other dreamers, full of pot holes and unbelievers. Lombardi, a hard worker, pursued his dreams with all his might. He said “The only places success comes before work is in the dictionary.”
Discovering that he was a good teacher and an even better coach, Lombardi made the moves he was supposed to make, working as an assistant under the legendary Red Blake at Army, then as an assistant with the New York Giants in the 1950s.
But no one offered him a top job.
So he was 46 before the Green Bay Packers, a faltering team in a small, cold town, finally offered him control of his own professional football team.
By then, he was ready!
"Lombardi" chronicles how long and hard this kid from Brooklyn had to fight before he even got the chance to show that he was one of the best coaches ever.
Lombardi identified and developed what became the hallmark of his great teams……simplicity and execution. He developed a reputation for being a tireless workaholic. During his five years as assistant coach in the NFL for the New York Giants he helped lead them to five winning seasons, culminating with the league Championship in 1956
Lombardi became a hot commodity in the coaching arena, accepted the head coaching position and signed five year contract with the Green Bay
Packers in January 1959. From the beginning Lombardi established himself as a coach firmly in charge. He conducted grueling training camps and demanded absolute dedication and effort from his players. His hard –edged style turned the Packers into the most envied and successful frachise in the 1960’s, leading them to five NFL Championships, including victories in Super Bowl I and II, and solified Lombardi’s status as the greatest football coach in history