Lombardi: Winning isn't everything?

Today's message from me will be short. It will be short because what I have to write is so black and white, so cut and dried, so obvious to me that there is very little discussion needed on my part.

With the Packers' struggles this year, there are some pundits who feel the team should tank the rest of the season to insure a better draft position. Some fans are disappointed that the team pulled out last Sunday's overtime game against the Lions. The thinking is that by winning, the team is costing itself in the long run. As they see it, a few "meaningless" wins down the stretch will harm the team's ability to draft an impact player, like Reggie Bush. If they impact player is not available, any victories would jeopardize a chance to trade out of the top of the draft and secure a bunch of picks in the later rounds.

These are some of the same people who want to bench Brett Favre, or at least get Aaron Rodgers a few snaps throughout the game to get him some seasoning for the future. The second part of this thought process is that Favre needs to decide before the end of the season as to his future so the team can possibly play Rodgers in anticipation of next year if Brett were to retire. While I understand the logic behind their thinking, I also understand how broccoli is good for you. Does not mean I like it one bit. In fact I hate it.

Is not Green Bay, Wisconsin the place where, "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing" got its start? Has history not taught us that winning is a habit, but unfortunately, so is losing? Has not history taught us that we do not do things right once in a while, but all the time? Has not history taught us that we should strive for excellence in everything we do? Is not Green Bay Titletown? Did not my Grandfather utter those famous words, "I never won as many as I wanted, which was all of them"?

In every contest this team plays, they must play to win. To do anything less would be an insult to the memory of Curly Lambeau, Don Hutson, Tony Canadeo, Vince Lombardi, Ray Nitschke and Reggie White. We as followers of the Packers should expect nothing less.

John Lombardi

Editor's note: John Lombardi is the grandson of legendary coach Vince Lombardi. John resides with his family in Green Bay . His football experience includes stints with two teams in the World League (now NFL Europe); in the scouting departments of the Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans; and graduate assistant coach and director of football operations at Vanderbilt. He will be contributing columns for PackerReport.com.

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