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Instant Replay: The Green Bay Diary of Jerry Kramer Hardcover – June, 1981

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Editorial Reviews


“The best behind-the-scenes glimpse of pro football ever produced.”
The New York Times

“An unprecedented look into the gritty world of professional football. . . . Still the gold standard of sports biographies.”
Sports Illustrated

“A classic for its insights into the game and its people, [written] with wit and without scandal or obscenity. . . . A landmark work.”
Los Angeles Times
“Groundbreaking. . . . Candid. . . . An uncommonly frank account.”
Chicago Tribune
“The first great professional sports diary.”
The Boston Globe

“The gold standard for football memoirs. . . . This modern sports classic is a smart, funny and literate diary of the Packers’ successful quest to become the first team to win back-to-back Super Bowl victories.”
The Plain Dealer
“This seminal, as-told-to diary . . . changed the way sports readers expected their heroes to sound. No more of this Grantland Rice purple prose. Schaap gave us the tough jock sounding like a real—and witty and introspective and profane—human being.”
Chicago Sun-Times
“A must read. . . . An insightful look at the sometimes-maddening methods of Lombardi and the love-hate relationship the players had with the legendary coach.”
Green Bay Press-Gazette
“An honest, hilarious and insightful diary, with Lombardi alternately serving as the hero and the villain, the lovable leader and the soul-crushing ogre.”
San Jose Mercury News
“This was the book that started it all—for athletes telling their stories, for sportswriters going in depth, for great athletic tales being bound between the covers. Dick Schaap’s classic is timeless. Required reading for anyone who loves sports or sportswriting.”
—Mitch Albom

“One of the great sports books of all time.” —Billy Crystal

“Kramer detailed the 1967 championship season in an understated, respectful tone, but showed a keen eye for details the fan would never glimpse.”
The Baltimore Sun
“One of the rarest of things—a sports book written in English by an adult.”
—Jimmy Breslin
“Daring stuff for its time, revealing how athletes really act, talk and think back when such candor was taboo.”
Charlotte Observer
“A no-holds-barred diary. . . . One really gets a sense of the physical, mental and emotional agonies players can go through in a season.”
Orlando Sentinel
“[Kramer is] observant, honest, sensitive and a bone-crusher at right guard.”
The Oregonian
“The ultimate football diary. . . . Detailed and dramatic. . . . Kramer’s description of his decisive block against Jethro Pugh at the goal line in the waning seconds [of the Ice Bowl] . . . is as fresh and raw as the minus-15-degree weather at kickoff.”
Tampa Tribune
“In my life as a writer and reader, there are only a few books that I’ve read over and over again for the sheer pleasure of the experience. Jerry Kramer’s Instant Replay is the only sports book among them. I loved it when I was a teenage, and I love it still today.”
—David Maraniss, author of When Pride Still Mattered --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jerry Kramer was a right guard for the Green Bay Packers from 1958 to 1968. During his time with the team, the Packers won five National Championships and Super Bowls I and II. He was inducted into the Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame in 1977. He lives in Boise, Idaho.

Dick Schaap (1934–2002), a sportswriter, broadcaster, and author or coauthor of thirty-three books, reported for NBC Nightly News, the Today show, ABC World News Tonight, 20/20, and ESPN and was the recipient of five Emmy Awards. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Holtzman Pr (June 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941372057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941372053
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,086,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Carl Hoffman on November 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I read this book when it first came out, ca. 1968, when I was a high school senior in Racine, Wisconsin. I had been a fanatic Packer backer throughout the glorious early and middle 60s, but by 1968, Lombardi was no longer the coach, only the GM (and besides, I was now interested in other things). He would move on to the Redskins for the 1969 season before dying of cancer in the fall of 1970, so INSTANT REPLAY captures the end of an era, his last hurrah as coach in Green Bay.

As with another reviewer below, the Packers of the 60s have marked my life, especially Bart Starr, Ray Nitschke, and their leader, the great Coach, and I have always viewed INSTANT REPLAY as the period or exclamation point on my early infatuation with them.

Besides its subject matter, INSTANT REPLAY possesses its own literary merit. Kramer is clearly highly intelligent, and since intelligence is not stereotypically associated with the brute violence of the NFL, it's interesting to read his reflections on life in general and life in football, not to mention the ways he perfected his blocking skills. He talks about how his helmet was his best weapon in warding off defensive linemen--which certainly must have done something to his braincells and neck muscles. I also love the running joke about Lombardi's almost-weekly proclamation: "Gentlemen, this is the start of the big push!" as he exhorted the Packers to still-greater efforts in a long painful slog of a season. There's also an interesting description of how the Packers' veteran blockers made a rookie look slow--the vets had played together for so long they anticipated the snap, while the inexperienced new guy waited for it, losing a fraction of a second in the process.

And there's a mystery.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dale Rhines on November 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
First a disclaimer: I first read this book when I was a kid- maybe 10 years old- I think my dad got a copy of it when he bought a razor or razor blades- something like that. This book turned me into a Green Bay Packer fan for life. 35 or so years later- I still love the team- lived and died with them during the lean 1970's and loved them when Favre led them to the Super Bowl. Funny how something you can read as a child can impact you that way. Ok, the book itself- a classic- funny, touching, moving- it really is a great peek behind the curtain of pro football. Jerry Kramer does a terrific job of showing what his job is like as a guard for the Packers. His description of Vince Lombardi, the great coach of the Packers, is wonderful and the way he talks about his job and his life really sets this apart from most sports book. It mgiht be the finest book ever written about football (though Friday Night Lights and Paper Lion are also pretty good). The book holds up even though it is almost 40 years old. It is written in diary form and is an easy read. The season it captures, the 1967 Super Bowl winning season, helps Kramer, but I suspect the book would have been just as good if the Packers would have been bad that year. Kramer's voice rings true and he brings us into the arena- he shares with us the good and the bad. This book belongs on the shelf of anyone who likes football or likes books about sport. It really is a classic of the genre.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By C. Baker VINE VOICE on September 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
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 the 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 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.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By JMack VINE VOICE on December 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
There will never be another great team like the Packers of the 1960's for a number of reasons. The only way to relive this era is through the numerous books that rehash the Lombardi dynasty. This book has to be one of the cornerstones of reliving that era with its candid yet humble prose giving an inside view of the Packer locker room. Jerry Kramer, who resents the 'dumb jock' stereotype of football player, composed a well written memior of football in "Instant Replay".

From the days after Superbowl I to Lombardi's retirement after Superbowl II, this book takes readers through the entire 1967 season. Lombardi is known for the grind players were made to endure in his training camps. Kramer tells what the players are feeling as speculation begins that this would be Lombardi's final season coaching in Green Bay. Being the number one target of the NFL after being champion for the last two years makes the regular season a grind. While the Packers did not play their best in the regular season, they turn their game up a notch in the playoffs. Often voted the greatest game in NFL history, Kramer devotes significant time to the Ice Bowl. This is significant because Kramer had a key role in the game and this book marks an early admission that he may have moved a little prematurely. After the Ice Bowl, the Superbowl almost seemed anticlimactic.

Two years after the 1967 season, Vince Lombardi died of cancer and many of the pieces of the Packer dynasty were in retirement. This book is a great way to relive the magic of the Packer dynasty.
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