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Great Inside Look at the 1967 Green Bay Packers

  • Mar 21, 2009
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I'm a big professional football fan and love reading about football. Jerry Kramer's Green Bay Packers diary – which details the 1967 season of the Green Packers, was quite an enjoyable and educational read for me.

For starters, the Green Bay Packers in 1967 were clearly the best team in pro football but were showing signs of aging. This season saw the infamous Ice Bowl against the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL Championship where Jerry Kramer threw a key block to get Bart Starr in for a touchdown, securing a trip to Super Bowl II. And of course this year also saw the Packers win its second straight Super Bowl and the legendary coach Vince Lombari's retirement from the Green Bay Packers.

Kramer's diary is pretty much just that – a retelling of what he went through during the 1967 season. Some things are familiar. Don't let the hyperbole or nostalgia fool you, money WAS a big issue in professional football back then even if the contracts were not that large. Kramer talks a lot about money and business issues in his book.

Kramer also tells us a bit about what it was like to be a player under Coach Lombardi who drove the players relentlessly and made them better than they otherwise would have been both as individuals and a team.

The players clearly had a love-hate, father-son relationship with the coach. Also, some of the stories about the playboys on the team like Max McGee and Paul Hornung are humorous. In today's NFL it seems the shenanigans of players involve guns and criminality. On this team, it was just booze and chicks, good old boys having fun.

And of course it was interesting to see how Kramer thought of the upcoming opponents – both individuals and teams – as he prepared to face them.

Maybe the most interesting aspect of the book is a bit of introspection on Kramer's part. He was an older player (31), by football standards, and feeling it. He often wondered why he went through the pain of pro football and it mainly came down to a simple fact – he was a football player. While he didn't define himself totally by football, in essence that is what he felt he was. Of course the money and the championships made it worth it.

Overall I would definitely recommend this book to professional football fans.

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June 13, 2009
I think what I found fascinating about this book is I was too young to remember those teams and you get a first hand account of what pro football was like back in the early to mid 1960's. Very, very different from today. Those guys might not have been as great of athletes as today's, but they were tougher and played more for love of the game than money.
 
June 13, 2009
I hated the Packers in those days because they were so darn good. It was kind of like rooting for the Yankees in those days. But no doubt about it, they were one of the great teams of all time. Nice review and thanks for the memory!
 
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Quick Tip by . June 18, 2010
Try to bone up on Green Bay Packer history from 1955-1972 to get the most out of this interesting book.
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Jerry Kramer is a Hall of Fame Guard on the world champion Green Bay Packers teams of the 1960's.  In this book, Kramer tells the inside story of the Green Bay Packers 1967 season, which culminated in a Packer victory in Super Bowl II over the Oakland Raiders.
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ISBN-10: 0385517459
ISBN-13: 978-0385517454
Author: Jerry Kramer with Dick Schaap
Genre: Sports,Nonfiction
Publisher: Doubleday
Format: Hardback, Paperback
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