Instant Replay: The Green Bay Diary of Jerry Kramer

Instant Replay The Green Bay Diary of Jerry Kramer In when Jerry Kramer was a thirty one year old Green Bay Packers offensive lineman in his tenth year with the team he decided to keep a diary of the season Perhaps by setting down my daily th

  • Title: Instant Replay: The Green Bay Diary of Jerry Kramer
  • Author: Jerry Kramer Dick Schaap
  • ISBN: 9780385517454
  • Page: 212
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1967, when Jerry Kramer was a thirty one year old Green Bay Packers offensive lineman, in his tenth year with the team, he decided to keep a diary of the season Perhaps, by setting down my daily thoughts and observations, he wrote, I ll be able to understand precisely what it is that draws me back to professional football Working with the renowned journalist DickIn 1967, when Jerry Kramer was a thirty one year old Green Bay Packers offensive lineman, in his tenth year with the team, he decided to keep a diary of the season Perhaps, by setting down my daily thoughts and observations, he wrote, I ll be able to understand precisely what it is that draws me back to professional football Working with the renowned journalist Dick Schaap, Kramer recorded his day to day experiences as a player with perception, honesty, humor, and startling sensitivity Little did Kramer know that the 1967 season would be one of the most remarkable in the history of pro football, culminating with the legendary championship game against Dallas now known as the Ice Bowl, in which Kramer would play a central role Nor could he have anticipated that his diary would evolve into a book titled Instant Replay, first published in 1968, that would become a multimillion copy bestseller and be celebrated by reviewers everywhere, including the Washington Post s Jonathan Yardley, who calls it to this day, the best inside account of pro football, indeed the best book ever written about that sport and that league This groundbreaking look inside the world of professional football is one of the first books ever to take readers into the locker room and reveal the inner workings of a professional sports franchise From training camp, through the historic Ice Bowl, then into the locker room of Super Bowl II, Kramer provides a captivating player s perspective on pro football when the game was all blood, grit, and tears He also offers a rare and insightful view of the team s storied leader, Coach Vince Lombardi Bringing the book back into print for the first time in than a decade, this new edition of Instant Replay retains the classic look of the original and includes a foreword by Jonathan Yardley and additional rarely seen photos from the celebrated Lombardi era As vivid and engaging as it was when it was first published, Instant Replay is an irreplaceable reminder of the glory days of pro football.

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    • In its day, this was a very popular book. This was due in large part to a masterstroke in marketing -- it was packaged with a razor and sold in every drugstore in America. And of course as a sports-crazed kid, I had to see what it was all about. It was an interesting inside account. (In fact, when you're going for kind of thing, it doesn't get much more inside than an interior lineman's perspective.) Anyway, there were some great stories about Vince Lombardi and some of the Packers' star players [...]

    • This was an amazing book. I remembered it inadvertently while walking into an elevator the other day and just had to add it. I really loved this book when I read it as a football-obsessed kid (maybe 12 or so) and I was startled by remembering how much I remembered of it and how articulate and thoughtful he really was.I remember how he describes training camp and how Lombardi made all the tryouts get up and sing in front of everybody- to test their meddle or something, I'm not sure. But it's a br [...]

    • "When I look back upon the 1967 season,I remember a very special spirit, a rare camaraderie, something I can't quite define, but something I've tried to capture in this diary." Jerry KramerSpirit - camaraderie - achievement - teamwork, this book has it all with nothing held back - a great book about the NFL for any sports fan! p.s will someone please look at the accomplishments of Jerry Kramer and get this guy into the NFL Hall of Fame.

    • This has always been one of my favorite books. It's the diary written by Jerry Kramer, an offensive lineman during the Lombardi years in Green Bay, during Lombardi's final season as coach. I still have the promotional paperback copy that was distributed with Personna razor blades and that I read as an 8-year-old in third grade. You may have to look around in a second-hand bookshop to find a copy these days but if you do find one, snap it up! It's one of the best sports books you'll ever read.

    • I'm a Packer fan (shh, don't tell my dad) and I had to read this for school. My English teacher had fangirled over Jerry Kramer, sent him letters, and even got to speak with him on the phone, and she was all too proud to tell us about it. This book was an interesting recollection into the Lambeau locker room, into the Ice Bowl, and offered a very good snapshot of Lombardi himself. I really enjoyed it and I think I got rebuked for reading it too quickly because unlike the other students who read [...]

    • "Instant Replay" is a fascinating look, in journal form, at an NFL season, through the eyes of veteran Green Bay Packer guard Jerry Kramer. Kramer had been an integral part of the great Packer championship teams of the 1960s, and as he relates the story of a disappointing season without legendary Coach Vince Lombardi (who had stepped down after the previous Super Bowl to move into the front office), it's hard not to get a bit misty- eyed at times. "Instant Replay" is a great book for a limited a [...]

    • For as much as I love the Packers, I've avoided this book for whatever reason -- probably because books written by athletes invariably suck. I'm not sure how much of this was actually Kramer and how much was ghostwritten by Dick Schaap, but this is as good of Packers/Lombardi book as I've read. Particularly fascinating was the amount of racism present -- both implied and overt. Makes sense considering this was the late '60s, but it's something that rarely comes up when you hear about the gilded [...]

    • When I played high school football, my favorite team was the Green Bay Packers. I [layed right guard and Jerry Kramer was my hero. Not some wimpy quarterback. So of course I loved this book. But, as it turns out, the book was pretty well written, and given that the Pack won the SuperBowl that year, makes for a good story.

    • A best-seller in the 60's, this book chronicles the day-by-day of what was Jerry Kramer's last season with the Packers, and, as it turns out, the last season coach Vince Lombardi was with the team. A fascinating inside account of a football season decades before the internet, sports radio, etc.

    • One of my all time favorite books. Read this back when I was 10. Great candid insight into the coaches and players of the Green Bay Packers of the 1960s. If you're a Packers fan, I say this is a must read. If you just love sports (football), this is a great read.

    • I'm biased. I'm a Green Bay Packers fan but I'm a football fan even more. A great book about the "world" of football. Really enjoyable. I highly recommend it if you are a football fan.

    • The reason I still wear a Packers cap; also the reason I've never watched a complete NFL game since 1967 and the Ice Bowl. How do you climb higher than the top?

    • If you like the Packers or football you'll love this book. Tons of great stories about the Lombardi era Packers.

    • Diary of a professional football player during the 1967 season that led to their win at the Super Bowl. It was fun to read about players that later became actors (Karras, and Olsen) and about their meager salaries, even by 1960's standards. And the coach of the Packers, Vince Lombardi, wow!

    • This was a must read for me throughout the course of time. I finally got it and it really dives into the 1967 season with the Packers in an amazing way. Very impressed by this the whole story long.

    • Jerry Kramer’s book is one of my all-time favorites if for nothing else it is similar to my own experience. I had a high school football coach that was in many ways like Lombardi. I only wish I had read this book sooner, I believe it would have benefited me a great deal during those days when I hated the man who I greatly admired and was willing to put myself in physical harm. Lombardi was a great leader and in a lot of ways reminds me of many great military leaders. My own coach truly resembl [...]

    • Kramer's Instant Replay, though not nearly as controversial as Jim Bouton's Ball Four or as thought-provoking as Dave Meggyesy's Out of Their League, rises above the level of outdated period piece by virtue of its tremendous narrative. Kramer didn't exactly "write" the script that culminated in climactic showdowns against the LA Rams and the Dallas Cowboys (the latter in the famous 1967 "Ice Bowl" NFC Championship), but he certainly participated in its creation, up to and including providing the [...]

    • If you're a Packer fan, you HAVE to read this book. If you're a football fan, I recommend you read this book. It's an easy book to read and provides insight into the Packers, Lombardi, and football in general. It's interesting to understand the mindset of a football player. I like reading about how Jerry would try to motivate himself for a game. I thought it was interesting to read about how the team went through the ups and downs in terms of how motivated or not motivated they were before a gam [...]

    • I bought this book in 1968 and read it probably a dozen times over the years. I liked it so much I convinced my freshman H.S. English comp teacher to allow me to write one of my bi-weekly book reports on it. He read it first and agreed to let me write a report on it, but he seemed skeptical. My teacher had a recommended reading list that included mostly American and British literature and short stories (Poe, Twain, Orwell and most of the other standards for H.S. reading). I was drawn to the book [...]

    • My friends know that I read a lot of autobiographies of athletes that weren't really THAT great (See Eric Davis, Wayne Chrebet) because I get their books for a buck at book fairs. I also got this book for a buck at book fair, but what a gem it turned out to be.I always see this book on lists of the greatest sports books of all time, so I figured it was time I read it. It's basically just a diary of Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Jerry Kramer of the 1967 football season, in which the Packers [...]

    • I have been reading instant replay. Instant replay is a diary written by Jerry Kramer. Jerry Kramer was one of the best offensive linemen to play football and he was on the Green Bay Packers. Being a Packers fan all my life and loving Jerry Kramer I picked it up as soon as I saw it. It was very cool to see what's behind the locker room doors and how the best football team of its time was run. one thing that surprised me was how mean coach Lombardi was. He is hands down the best football coach o [...]

    • I read this book just after it was published, and didn't have a very objective view, since I hated the Green Bay Packers of the time. After all these years, they are hardly one of my all-time favorite teams, but my feelings toward them have mellowed, so now I can appreciate what a dedicated group of professionals they were, headed by arguably the best coach ever. Jerry Kramer writes with real feeling and insight. I feel that I have a better understanding of what a football player goes through to [...]

    • Very nostalgic look back at how football used to be played. This book was written shortly after the 1967 season and is tame compared to how it would have been written today. However the comparisons you can make to how pro football is today is startling. The famous Ice Bowl game is considered just another game in this book because it had not grown into legendary status yet. There was only a 40 man roster in 1967 so your football stars played on special teams which would be unheard of today. The w [...]

    • Guard Jerry Kramer's best selling diary through the Green Bay Packers' Super Bowl (II) winning season from training camp through the Super Bowl and including one of the most famous games in NFL history, The Ice Bowl. But this is not a highlight reel as much as an insider's anecdotal look at what it was like to be an NFL player in those halcyon days. The techniques of psychology, coaching, preparation, business enterprises, play calling and game readiness are certainly far different in today's ga [...]

    • I am not and never have been a Packers fan but I have always loved this book. It is old time football when players played the game for the thrill of winning and spent their off seasons selling insurance. The book started as the diary of Jerry Kramer, Packers all pro guard, and details the 1967 season for the Packers culminating in the second Super Bowl. Kramer, with an assist by sportswriter Dick Schapp, turned the diary into a page turning book with perhaps the first true look inside a professi [...]

    • I have read and re-read this book so much when I was younger the paperback editin I owned literally fell apart. While not as shocking as Ball Four, this book gives an inside look at Lombardi's Packers from a player's perspective. The book brings out the humanity of the men who made up the greatest team of its era (1960's), a time when pro athleteswere not as dramatically separated by money and fame from their fans. I would also recommend (if you can still find it in print) the follow up book by [...]

    • Read this when I was a young man with dreams of becoming a professional football player. Jerry Kramer's diary gave me an insight into the commitment needed to meet the requirements of a professional. The work ethic, especially playing for the legend, Vincent Lombardi, wass obvious as Kramer described the practice and classroom sessions needed to be a champion. Jerry Kramer also talks about his private life in the book, somewhat, noting the hobbies and friends he and his family shared. I enjoyed [...]

    • It's cold in Green Bay and often Jerry Kramer does not feel like practising but he is a Green Bay Packer and the will to win and continue always prevails. Especially with someone like Coach Lombardi in the background. The diary records the events of the 1967 season when Green Bay became champions of the National Football League for the second successive year, winning Superbowl Two. Amusing and informative, the camaraderie of being in such a side shines through and thank goodness Green Bay did wi [...]

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