Vince Lombardi was a complicated man.
More than just a task-master, Vince could, on occasion, let the tears flow.
Here’s an excerpt from a Time Magazine article published shortly after his death in 1970:
“After that stunning era came to an end and Lombardi was busy rebuilding the Redskins, he unabashedly admitted: ‘A lot of what I say sounds corny. But it is me. Hell, I’m an emotional man. I cry. I cried when we won the Super Bowl and I cried when I left Green Bay. I’m not ashamed of crying. Football’s an emotional game. If you’re going to be involved in it, you gotta take your emotions with you, mister.’”
So take heart, LeBron & friends: there’s no shame in crying.
But do yourselves a favor: next time any of you feel the urge to tear-up in the locker-room…don’t. Kick a chair, have a beer, do something, but don’t cry in public after a loss.
That’s why there are limos, abodes and rooms with doors, so you can let it all out in private. And then remember those famous words of Vivien Leigh: “Tomorrow is another day.”
Keys to Sport
About the Author
Written by Steven Keys
A native of the old Northwest Territory (IL), my wife and I have lived in four Midwestern states and Arizona. Today we live in Duluth, Georgia. I have a history / legal background.