Amos 1 Damian Amos English 105 Ms. A. Nygren September 21, 2015 “What It Takes To Be Number One” It is many people’s dream to win or become a winner. A speech given by one of the greatest coaches in the NFL inspires athletes and even non-athletes, and gives them the will to be number one. Vince Lombardi’s NFL career started with a position as coach of the offensive team for the New York Giants. He led them through five straight winning seasons, tapping into the players’ full potential and desire to become number one. Vince Lombardi had a tight-fisted style in leadership and a level of motivation no one could compare to. Lombardi’s speech, “What it takes to be number one”, has strong appeals to pathos and ethos, rather than logos, to motivate his players to become the best they can be. Vince Lombardi recited this speech in 1970 to his players in the locker room. He wrote the speech to motivate his players to have a great desire to win and possess more heart than the opposing team. The speech told the players what it required and how rewarding the feeling is when a player “has worked his heart out in good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-
Amos 2 victorious.” His team was in the locker room in a game that seemed to be in the opponent's favor when he gave a great speech to help the team realize they still had a chance to win. The speech used an appeal to pathos to catch the attention of the sorrowful athletes. Lombardi tells the team to play with more heart and this appeals to the player’s love for the
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