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WEST VIRGINIA 2002 "Formula For Success” "You have to start by teaching fundamentals,” Lombardi said. "A player's got to know the basics of the game and how fo play his position. Next, you've got to keep him in line. That's discipline. The men have to play as a team, not as a bunch of individuals. There's no room for prima donnas. He continued: "But there have been a lot of coaches with good ball clubs who know the fundamentals and have plenty of discipline but still don’t win the game. Then you come to the third ingredient: If you're going to play together as a team, you've got to care for one another. **You've got to love each other** Each player has to be thinking about the next guy and saying to himself: If | don’t block that man, Paul is going to get his legs broken. | have to do my job well in order that he can do his. “The difference between mediocrity & greatness, "Lombardi said that night is the feeling these quys have for each other. Most people call it team spirit. When the players are inbued with that special feeling, you know you've got yourself a winning tea The he blurted out almost self-consciously: "But Lee, what am | telling you for? You run a company. It's the same thing, whether you're running a ball club or a corporation. After all, does one man build a car all by himself?" Lombardi told me he'd like to visit Ford and see how cars are made, and! promised to invite him out to Detroit. But shortly after our dinner together, he was hospitalized with a fatal illness. | had met him only a couple of times, but his word stayed with m "Every time a football player goes out to play his trade, he's got to play from the ground up - from the soles of his feet right up to his head. Every inch of him has to play. Some quys play with their heads, and sure, you need to be smart to be number one in anything you try. But most important, you've got to play with your heart. If you're lucky enough to find a quy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he's never going to come off the field second.” GIVE TODAY YOUR BEST SHOT DON'T WORRY ABOUT YESTERDAY OR TOMORROW YESTERDAY WILL FADE AWAY AND TOMORROW WILL TAKE CARE OF ITSELF. West Virginia Mountaineers