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Instant Replay

4.16  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,672 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
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 Dick ...more
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Published April 1st 1969 by Signet (first published 1968)
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Aug 31, 2007 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 23, 2009 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports
"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 Kramer

Spirit - 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 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
Oct 12, 2007 Donald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Sports Fans
"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 ...more
Sep 16, 2009 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Tim Lyons
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 of
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.
Feb 16, 2016 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 resembled ...more
Dec 29, 2010 Geoff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Robert James
Jan 24, 2015 Robert James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
John Karp
Jul 08, 2010 John Karp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Chuck Slack
Feb 07, 2016 Chuck Slack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 04, 2009 Padraic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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?
Jack Hansen
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 ...more
John Roylance
Oct 30, 2009 John Roylance rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like the Packers or football you'll love this book. Tons of great stories about the Lombardi era Packers.
Apr 07, 2009 Dave rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. Right up there with the Jim Brown and Lombardi bios that I read around the same time.
J.w. Larrick
Apr 08, 2015 J.w. Larrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone and everyone
Recommended to J.w. by: Personal selection
Shelves: favorites
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
Michael Linton
Aug 16, 2014 Michael Linton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Tom Gase
Jan 16, 2012 Tom Gase rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oliver Bateman
Oct 28, 2011 Oliver Bateman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Michael Vincent
May 29, 2014 Michael Vincent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, sports
A wonderful read which teaches much about old-school football, toughness, leadership, relationships and life. Loved it except for some of the language. This book won't help the owners in the current lawsuit by NFL players for the coaches wanting the players to play hurt and take drugs. I believe Kramer said that Lombardi was a better healer than Oral Roberts (p. 42). He'd just walk into the training room and say "you're not hurt" and the room would clean out.
Richard Lister
Jul 21, 2016 Richard Lister rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A classic. One of the first books to take the reader inside the locker room to witness the life of a great NFL offensive lineman on one of history's greatest teams. A diary of the Packers' 1967 championship season, the reader is treated to a view through Kramer's eyes of how it was to play for Vince Lombardi. With great stories skillfully told, the book provides a great look inside pro football.
Jan 27, 2016 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports
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 ...more
Robert Osborne
Mar 08, 2015 Robert Osborne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 athletes
were 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
Oct 02, 2014 Rick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kramer is eloquent, hilarious, and informative--all pretty much at the same time. This is the third Lombardi-era book I have read about the Pack and it is the best of the three by far.

On a side note: I do not understand why Kramer is not in the NFL HOF.
Jul 15, 2011 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Russ Venables
Mar 12, 2014 Russ Venables rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truly a sports classic, I lived the season with Jerry. He was able to convey what it's like to be part of a team. He reminded me of all the feelings of my distant past. Of teammates overbearing but loved coaches and the lengths atheletes will good for the love of their game. Oh and MONEY!
Matt Moran
Jun 05, 2016 Matt Moran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: football, si-top-100
Really fun, fascinating account of the Lombardi-era Packers.

Should be top 10 on the SI Top 100.
Oct 04, 2015 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written before Jim Bouton's Ball Four changed the game for books by professional athletes.
Mar 04, 2009 Gerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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