That First Season

That First Season

How Vince Lombardi Took the Worst Team in the NFL and Set It on the Path to Glory

eBook - 2009
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"A brisk, sometimes revealing look at Lombardi's early days in Green Bay and is a nice complement to the existing works on the legendary coach." -- Publishers Weekly "The exciting chronicle of Vince Lombardi's pivotal first season as head coach of the Green Bay Packers... How the stout, brash Brooklyn native was able to transform a directionless assemblage of players into a gridiron behemoth is as much the subject of Eisenberg's exhaustively researched account as his thrilling description of each game... A must-read for Packer and Lombardi fans, and will interest most NFL fans as well." -- Kirkus Reviews "A worthy and informative account." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Incisive." -- Washington Times "Engrossing . . . Provides a thrilling look at the coach and players who legends shine brightly in Titletown even decades later." -- Associated Press "A breezy and likable look at [Lombardi]." -- Bloomberg "A compelling read about perhaps the most compelling coach ever to stride an NFL sideline. This one is a keeper for anyone who remembers St. Vincent or wonders how he did so much so quickly." -- Washington Times
John Eisenberg's That First Season is the seldom-studied prequel to a phenomenal football career for Vince Lombardi and the Packers, drawing on exhaustive new research and interviews to tell an incredible ensemble tale of a team, a town, and their leader. The once-vaunted Green Bay Packers were a laughing stock by the late 1950s. They hadn't fielded a winning team in more than a decade and were close to losing their franchise to another city. They were in desperate need of a savior, and he arrived in a wood-paneled station wagon in the dead of winter from New York City. In a single year, Vince Lombardi -- the grizzled coach who took no bull -- transformed a team of underachievers into winners and resurrected a city known for its passion for sport.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
ISBN: 9780547417721
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (304 pages)
Call Number: eBook


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