“What it takes to be Number One” – is one of the classic video features on YouTube and SimpleTruths.com. Vince Lombardi is an icon in America’s most passionate game – Football. And on the eve of the NFL Championship SuperBowl game between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers – there is no better time than now to recognize how these two teams embody Lombardi’s ethics of:
Winning As an All-the-Time-Thing
Habits that make Champions
Hats off to the Packers and the Steelers – they’ve earned their place in the Spotlight in what I’m convinced will be a game for the ages in Superbowl XLV. Enjoy “What it Takes to Be Number One”. I hope it inspires you as it has me.
From the Editor: Post-Game Review
There is no doubt that this was one of the finest Superbowl games of all-time. The legend of Vince Lombardi was there to see on both sides of the field as each team played with grit, heart, passion, and with the kind of commitment one hopes for in such a match-up. And yet, it was not a perfect game. Aaron Rodgers was spectacular in his performance and has now earned his place in the same sentence with Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and John Elway. With no less than four dropped balls by his receiver core, including one that would likely have gone for a touchdown, Rodgers continued to pitch – aided by great change-of-pace runs to keep Pittsburgh’s vaunted defense honest.
The less than great execution of Ben Roethlisberger and Co. doomed the Steelers who were pressured by a great Packers pass rush. Big Ben was sacked, hurried, deflected and picked-6 in a performance no one would have expected from the two-time winning Steelers QB. A great effort by Rashard Mendenhall and several crushing rushes were nullified by the lone fumble setting up yet-another Packer TD by turnover. Even then, Pittsburgh made it a game still undecided until the final two minutes of play.
Lombardi’s rants on commitment, winning-as-an-all-the-time-thing, truth, excellence, results, passion, discipline, mental toughness and the habits that make champions were not lost on these two teams. Final score: Greenbay 31 – Pittsburgh 25 in one for the ages.
The Lombardi Trophy goes back to Title Town.