Vince Lombardi coached the Green Bay Packers for nine seasons, winning five NFL titles, and coaching ten Hall of Fame players. Lombardi, who died of cancer in 1970, would have turned 100-years old today.
He remains the number one name in coaching, with the Super Bowl winner earning the Vince Lombardi trophy every year. The legendary coach also left the world with a wealth of inspirational and motivational quotes.
In his honor, former Packers defensive end and recent Hall of Fame inductee, Dave Robinson, joined The Mike Heller show on Tuesday to reflect on his days playing for Lombardi.
If Vince Lombardi was a coach today:
Vince Lombardi would be successful doing anything he wanted
to do, when he put his mind to it. He
would have adapted, but in this world everything that doesn’t adapt becomes
extinct. For instance, we were not
allowed to wear any facial hair let alone braids. That’s something he might have changed his mind on. He would have been kicking and
screaming the whole way down. Agents, he
didn’t like to deal with agents, but it today’s market you have to deal with
agents; there’s no other way to do it.
If Robinson could talk to Vince:
I’d say love you coach. The last time I saw him, he was very very ill. He was such a shadow of himself; just skinny, warn out, beat up. He looked so old and decrepit. I’d do anything to see him back healthy. I think I’d see him holler at me some more, with that real strong voice. I’d doanything to hear that again. He was like a father figure to me. He made the whole
team like an extended family. All those guys were like brothers. I lost all my brothers, but I still have brothers. They are now my new brothers.
Robinson's final thoughts:
The thing that bugs me the most about Vince dying so young is
that there are so many football players that never had direct contact with
Vince. He would have made them much better football players and much better men.