Lombardi. by John Wiebusch, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble


by John Wiebusch

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This work is a relatively in-depth profile of one of professional football's legendary coaches, the man who created the Green Bay Packers dynasty of the 1960s. Today, Lombardi is often better remembered for such pithy sayings as "No one ever remembers who finished second" than as the builder of one of the great professional football teams. Wiebusch (A Game of Passion: The NFL Literary Companion, Turner, 1994) offers an oral history, collecting the reminiscences of his players, peers, family, and friends. The excerpts certainly capture the essence of the man and will go a long way toward breaking down journalistic stereotypes that arose about Lombardi in the two and a half decades since his death and that have sometimes obscured his achievements. Of particular note are the comments from his wife, Marie, and his son, Vince Jr., which help illustrate his character. Could Lombardi survive in today's game? Probably, because, through all his bluster he was also flexible, and that is critical to success in pro football today. Recommended for public and school libraries.William O. Scheeren, Hempfield Area H.S. Lib., Greensburg, Pa.

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