- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone; Reprint edition (September 15, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 067168213X
- ISBN-13: 978-0671682132
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,339,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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RUN TO DAYLIGHT! (Fireside Sports Classic) Paperback – September 15, 1989
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About the Author
Vince Lombardi was assistant coach with the New York Giants and then head coach for the Green Bay Packers from 1959 to 1967 before becoming head coach for the Washington Redskins in 1969.
W.C. Heinz was the acclaimed sportswriter and author of The Professional, The Surgeon, Emergency, and Once I Heard the Cheers. He was also co-author of Run to Daylight! and MASH, the book on which the Emmy Award winning television show of the same name was based.
Top Customer Reviews
This book is not a biography of Lombardi or a guide on how to coach football. This book does give readers insight as to what it was like for Lombardi during his coaching tenure. Based on technology alone, there are great differences now. The readers get to see all of Lombardi's preparation for the mystery opponent in silver uniforms.
Several of Lombardi's famous quotes are included. Lombardi also discusses specifc intereactions with players as well as a number of interesting stories about various players. Despite his tough exterior, he genuinely cares about his players. When the book arrives at game day, you get to see the game form Lombardi's perspective. It is a real treat for football fans.
If you have read other books about the Packers during this era, you are not likley to learn many new facts. Many of the facts in here are credited as a primary source in other books. However, you do get to see Packer football from a new perspective.
This diary is Lombardi in his own words. It covers his views of the weekly cycle of planning for battle, preparing for battle, and then the football game itself.
Packer fan or motivational fan - this book is an easy read worth the several hours to get cover to cover.
I liked that the book is not all rah-rah. You see Lombardi's exhaustion, how the season takes a toll on him, how he's unsure of his decisions. You don't just see the "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing" cartoon that has come down to us.
The NFL pressure-cooker coaching life must be hard on a person, and you get a glimpse of it here. Lombardi died tragically young, only 57, from digestive complaints that turned out to be aggressive cancer. It was one battle that, despite all his feistiness, he could not win. And you're left wondering if a life dedicated to perfectionism, to strife, is ultimately a destructive monument.
However you answer such questions, the fact that this book raises them makes it the best sort of autobiography. Thanks Vince & thanks Mr. Heinz for being the midwife.