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Instant Replay: The Green Bay Diary of Jerry Kramer

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  1,402 ratings  ·  54 reviews
This classic sports book takes readers inside the 1967 season of the Green Bay Packers, following that storied team from training camp to their dramatic victory in Super Bowl II.

Candid and often amusing, Jerry Kramer describes from a player’s perspective a bygone era of sports, filled with blood, grit, and tears. No game better exemplifies this period than the classic “Ic
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Anchor (first published 1968)
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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
"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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
If you like the Packers or football you'll love this book. Tons of great stories about the Lombardi era Packers.
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
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
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.
Robert Osborne
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
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.
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
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!
Apr 28, 2015 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2015
While not as insightful as Paper Lion, still a great look at a football team from the inside. A lot of extra bias here being the Packers.
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
While I was a native of Chicago, my family moved to northern WI the Autumn after the Packers won their second Super Bowl. I was quickly forced to become steeped in the lore of the mighty Green and Gold, the greatest franchise in the history of football--and perhaps any other sport--and was soon awed by the tales of the men who played the game. Kramer pulled no punches and much of the material was beyond what an 8th grader should have been reading, but it was one hell of an education for this you ...more
Don't understand why this guy isn't in the football hall of fame. Hell of a player and great writer. Totally loved the book.
Entertaining. He shopped at Abercrombie and Fitch when they still sold guns! Many Lombardi gems plus I loved reading about training camp and the players sleeping in twin beds at St. Norbert.
David Ward
Instant Replay by Jerry Kramer (Doubleday 1968)(Biography). this is the original memoir by former NFL All-Pro offensive guard Jerry Kramer of the 1960's era Green Bay Packers. He played for legendary Coach Vince Lombardi, whose Packer teams won the first two Super Bowl games. This is the first and likely still the best football memoir by an offensive lineman. I loved this book growing up and considered the author to be one of my role models. My rating: 7/10, finished 1971.
I checked this out of the public library in the 1970s. Although I never knew of the early Packer Glory years, I did watch them in their two super bowl wins. What a team.

Kramer will never win a Pulitzer prize for his writing but it gives a nice vanilla look to those great packers.

I read this so long ago that I might check around to fins it and for a re-read.



I recently found a copy at a used book store. It's still as cool as ever.
Winter Sophia Rose
Interesting & Fascinating Story!
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