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Thought the -- -- especially when the tough guy your plan is a legendary NFL coach Vince Lombardi there's never been anybody like him.
To name of course you're going to be here a lot of over the next couple weeks since the Packers in the Steelers.
Going to be fighting to take home the Lombardi trophy in Super Bowl 45 and February 6 now trying.
-- real wake him Lombardi -- winning spirit every day of the week it is the job.
I'm Dan Lauria who plays the great coach and a Broadway hit Lombardi.
It tracks -- career the man who led the Green Bay Packers from a pathetic losing record.
To the top of the heap and winner of the 21.
Super Bowls in the sixties by partner.
In this conversations -- knows football well as a passion.
And as a business the owner of the New York Jets Woody Johnson good to see both you -- thanks for everything and I saw the -- magnificent.
Way it is absolute through -- course I love football I'd love Lombardi but.
How did Lombardi.
Turned failure into success that was really the key.
Two to his character.
You know I think the thing about Lombardi and do that I've learned from all the players is.
He might scream at you for five minutes on Tuesday that on Thursday -- arm around you.
For five minutes -- how good you're going to be and how much he cared about you.
And I think that was the formula for success that Lombardi head.
Do we knew we all hear about the yelling we don't hear about the other side.
That's what all the players and they say you've been you've got it well thought I'm not you know when IE whenever I talk to the players.
I always this what do you wanna see him more than -- -- That coaches sense of humor so this a little one other thing I do a couple times and that that was really their contribution.
We you know we talk a little bit before about this well labor situation and NFL.
You -- a labor situation itself.
All has Lombardi.
He yeah start and how would Lombardi of panelists I mean he had a -- well first well when the first players association big Dave Robinson who's a character in the play a big Dave said the first negotiation -- coach was really the only coach at the meetings because it was all owners.
And there was known for -- -- still listen to community -- right.
And that they would go through these arguments yelling and screaming.
And then coach would -- -- -- -- -- -- my room we gotta have football and they kind of worked out the first contract everybody assumed it was going to be this huge strike but it was a player and a coach.
A very Smart and very intelligent -- in the party -- -- -- chemistry physics lab.
And he understood the legal ramifications in the contract.
And -- even studied law for a little while and they worked out really that first -- -- Big -- -- -- big day there would have been huge strike.
-- -- already.
One at that there were times in which the management right at three came ins tried to interfere a little bit right and he was very clear he said no interfered would you have accepted that kind of a coach.
I'd like to say yes.
It's tough though last yeah they don't -- all of your management to the one guy.
The fact it was a time.
The fact that he didn't get a job until very late in life for -- -- How this edge that he had how important I think that was -- and his life and when he got this job.
What do you think it was by.
I think you know being an Italian American men and in my business you know I'm.
We're always up for the gangster but we're never up for the bank president you know it still goes that way and I think.
It really affected Lombardi and I I also think -- that's what put him ahead.
Of the curve.
He was the first one in the fight for the black athletes.
You know there will quotas that only eleven blacks -- on -- team and he knew it them.
How much that -- those people.
There were no black you know you hear about no black quarterbacks who were no black linebackers and toll -- Dave Robinson black line there.
There one thing about him that most people realize he went to church went to mass every single day of the week -- -- that.
As an altar boy when he was when he was a church to.
He instill values how much of that you by the way -- -- your marine -- a former marine.
Values play a part in in the way that you portray him.
Well you know I think with Lombardi you have to realize that he never put himself first.
It was always the team.
You know -- god.
We I know the sense lie but I think god was a very tangible thing.
-- -- morning not a lot of physical media like he said I never prayed to win -- period for patience and understanding.
We you know Barney the first people to win the first team to win the Lombardi trophy with a New York jobs yet he won the first -- and the there was a lot of there was lot of pressure on when this first again.
Our -- unbelievable I don't know labels track and I think that the the AFL winning his third one is what made him -- -- -- partly what artery in the white went back to on the sidelines right.
I gotta I gotta ask -- the last if you had made it to the super ball at the -- admit they would have played Green Day.
-- I think the spirit of Vince Lombardi is still in Green Bay is still with a -- Absolutely there's no question we were talking earlier.
US and direct evidence of that.
With god let Mike got mad Mike McCarty what a great guy good coach.
And we were talking about Lombardi and he said you know one of the hardest things about being in coach in Green Bay is -- compared to Lombardi.
He said in my first year I came in and I was little too hard on these guys and I ran their legs out too early in the season.
So you know it's still there -- -- but you know I said you know coach Lombardi would like that you learn that.
That's what you look well the spirit is still -- agreement -- in -- spirit is on Broadway yeah Gloria Woody Johnson great to see you both thanks thank you there.
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