Making the effort to improve as a human being is what Coach Lombardi was all about. He was able to see the gap between where we were and what we could become-both as football players and as people. And he felt it was his God-given responsibility to close that gap.
Lombardi has to have the highest threshold of pain in the world - none of our injuries hurts him at all.
Normally, if you go through a game without attracting attention, you are doing a hell of a job.
When the game is over, it is really just beginning.
It is something that most parents hope for in life: That their children will be moderately successful, polite, decent human beings. Anything on top of that is something you have no right to hope for, but we all do.
Old #64 chose... a gentle jog, fast enough to prove I was alive, slow enough to savor the cheers. They washed over me. They warmed me. I knew I could live without them but I loved them.
My whole life has been one of seeking experience.
College was especially sweet because of the positive, hopeful atmosphere of a college campus.
Then to have your baby playing at the school you played at and having him play well is a special treat.
In November, 1964 when I was a patient at the Mayo Clinic I though seriously about killing myself.
To have that kind of ovation, that happens very seldom for a lineman.
Probably the best part of my life has been watching the kids play their games.
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