Mark Stratton's Reviews > That First Season: How Vince Lombardi Took the Worst Team in the NFL and Set It on the Path to Glory

That First Season by John Eisenberg
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Feb 01, 11

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Read in January, 2011

Everybody knows the Legend. Lombardi comes to the Frozen Tundra of Green Bay and SAVES FOOTBALL, creating a dynasty for the ages in the process.

What most don't really grasp or realize is that the building blocks for that dynasty were already in place when he got there. Many of the players who were later elected to the Hall of Fame (or should be) were already there or got there shortly after Lombardi did. The story Eisenberg so elegantly tells is how. How Lombardi seethed to be given his chance to coach a major football team and to do it "His Way."

Keeping it simple, striving for perfection, accepting nothing less than the best effort a player had, and being relentless, Lombardi turned not only the team around, but the Culture of the franchise around with it. This part of the story is no less fascinating than the already known stories of the later Glory Seasons football fans already know about. It shows how that 7-5 season played out, the ups and downs and the way the team gelled, uniting under Lombardi's system and plans.

Almost an essential book to truly understand the depths from which the Packers had descended to put where they ended up into proper perspective. Highly recommended.
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