Life After Favre: The Green Bay Packers and their Fans Usher in the Aaron Rodgers Era

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Wisconsin native Phil Hanrahan returns to Green Bay after a long absence for the 2008 football season. He catches games at Lambeau Field and follows the Packers new starting quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, as he begins what one Milwaukee sportswriter called “the toughest job in professional sports,” following in the footsteps of departing legend, Brett Favre. Immersing himself in the worlds of team and town with the familiarity of a local, Hanrahan is reborn a full-blown Cheesehead; living in a motel that decades ...

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Overview

Wisconsin native Phil Hanrahan returns to Green Bay after a long absence for the 2008 football season. He catches games at Lambeau Field and follows the Packers new starting quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, as he begins what one Milwaukee sportswriter called “the toughest job in professional sports,” following in the footsteps of departing legend, Brett Favre. Immersing himself in the worlds of team and town with the familiarity of a local, Hanrahan is reborn a full-blown Cheesehead; living in a motel that decades earlier had served as the Packers offices, visiting training camp at nearby St. Norbert College, attending the Packers’ annual shareholders meeting, interviewing players, tailgating in heat and arctic cold, shoveling snow at Lambeau for $8 an hour, celebrating Packer great Fuzzy Thurston’s 75th birthday at Thurston’s bar, and, at every turn, befriending the scores of diehard Packers fans he encounters along the way.

Hanrahan also journeys far away from Lambeau as well, logging 5,000 road miles and 4,000 air miles following the team and pursuing adventures in Packer Land.

Featuring a new epilogue that brings the Packers story up to date and covers their amazing run to Super Bowl XLV, Life After Favre reveals, with energy, insight, and humor, the story of a singular team and town.

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John Rehor - Greenbaypackernation.com
“The best book ever written on the Packers.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613210208
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,370,215
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Phil Hanrahan is a Wisconsin native and lifelong Green Bay Packers fan who has taught writing at Marquette University and worked as a copywriter, book publicist and book reviewer. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Irish America, and Milwaukee Magazine among other publications. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Middlebury College, studied literature at Oxford University, and holds an MA in English from Duke University. He makes his home in Los Angeles but will spend the ’09 football season in Green Bay.
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Table of Contents

Prologue: "Rookie" Has a Meltdown vii

Introduction: "We're at the Game" xi

Part 1 Orientation

Chapter 1 Lombardi Was Here 3

Chapter 2 Magical History Tour 13

Chapter 3 Visit Kansas, Watch Pack 29

Part 2 The Summer of Favre

Chapter 4 Welcome To Lambeau, Shareholders 61

Chapter 5 The Man from Chico 95

Chapter 6 Dorm Living 123

Part 3 The Rodgers Autumn

Chapter 7 Look Both Ways 157

Chapter 8 True Believers & Closet Creepers 181

Chapter 9 A Viking Funeral 199

Part 4 A Winter's Tale

Chapter 10 Green Bayou Packers 227

Chapter 11 "I Am a Madman" 241

Chapter 12 Shovelers Needed 263

Chapter 13 "The Bears Still Suck" 281

Epilogue: Same Time Next Year 307

Afterword 329

Acknowledgments 321

Bibliography 333

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