Celebrating Vince Lombardi's 100th birthday today, his former quarterback and now pro football Hall of Famer, Bart Starr, joined The Mike Heller Show on Tuesday to look back at the Titletown days in Green Bay.
Starr on Lombardi as an individual:
When you spent five minutes with him, you came to appreciate the quality and the intensity of this man. I’ll always remember our first meeting with him. This gentleman was so committed, so devoted, so inspirational; it was just a joy to work with him every day. I loved him from the first day he came in. He
was a God first given person. He believed it was in that order. He was a very strong, Catholic, religious person. He was at mass every morning of his life, that we knew him. He had his priorities truly in order. I think when you have that, everything else can be placed and just comes into play as it should.
Starr on whether or not Lombardi could win in the present day:
Absolutely. You win by the same general and specific, rigid pieces and alignment. Those would be the same. They’re there because those are the things that he believed in. It was very very simple. I’ll always remember his initial meeting. He opened the meeting by thanking the Packers for that opportunity. That told us something immediately about how prioritized he was and how grateful he was. Then he turned us and said, “Gentlemen we are going to relentlessly chase perfection, knowing full well we won’t catch it, because nothing is perfect. But we’re going to relentlessly chase it because in the process we will catch excellence. I’m not remotely interested in being just good.”