Nitschke: The Ray Nitschke Story

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Nitschke and the Packers took the field for the 1967 NFL championship game against Dallas. An overnight cold spell carried in on Canadian winds had plummeted temperatures in Green Bay from 20 degrees Fahrenheit late Saturday afternoon to minus-13 at kickoff. Winds clocked at 15 miles per hour dropped the wind-chill temperature to minus-38 at kickoff. The mass of arctic air had caused Lambeau Field to flash-freeze, turning the stadium turf as hard and slick as glazed pavement.

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Overview

Nitschke and the Packers took the field for the 1967 NFL championship game against Dallas. An overnight cold spell carried in on Canadian winds had plummeted temperatures in Green Bay from 20 degrees Fahrenheit late Saturday afternoon to minus-13 at kickoff. Winds clocked at 15 miles per hour dropped the wind-chill temperature to minus-38 at kickoff. The mass of arctic air had caused Lambeau Field to flash-freeze, turning the stadium turf as hard and slick as glazed pavement.

Years later, Nitschke recalled the Packers' intensity on that New Year's Eve afternoon. "We knew we were kind of at the end. We were getting older, and some of the guys, like Taylor and Hornung, weren't around anymore. But that particular team and that particular year, we committed ourselves to winning that third championship in a row. That's something no one else has ever done. We knew we were playing against a young, strong Cowboys team, but when we went out there, we went out there with the idea that we were going to win. We believed that."

Running onto the field, Nitschke was struck less by the frozen field than he was the frozen fans, a standing room only crowd of 50,861 who ignored the subzero temperatures and rocked the historic stadium with their cheers. Across the ice-slick field, Nitschke looked up in the stands, saw the clouds of condensed air pouring forth from thousands of faces, and thought the least the Packers could do was win the game for them and send them off to the pneumonia ward happy.

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Editorial Reviews

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Bart Starr described his former Packers teammate and fellow Football Hall of Famer Ray Nitschke as a Jekyll-and-Hyde character. Off the field, he was a thoughtful, goodhearted person. But once he put on the cleats, Nitschke was ferocious and mean, a tight-lipped All-Pro linebacker who loved to pulverize ball carriers. In his 15-year career, he played hurt and he played bloody, while his teams won five NFL titles and the first two Super Bowls. Nitschke died in 1998 at the age of 61. This is his story. To find it gripping, you don't have to be a Cheese Head.
Green Bay Press Gazette
It didn't take much convincing to get a Green Bay Packers fan to write a book about one of the team's all time greats. It (Nitschke) tells the story of gravel-voiced Ray Nitschke, who died in 1998 at the age of 61. The linebacker has been called the greatest hitter in NFL history by many football historians and players. No.66 instilled fear in opponents with his crushing blows, taunting and trademark, toothless sneer.
— Jean Peerenboom
Green Bay Press Gazette - Jean Peerenboom
It didn't take much convincing to get a Green Bay Packers fan to write a book about one of the team's all time greats. It (Nitschke) tells the story of gravel-voiced Ray Nitschke, who died in 1998 at the age of 61. The linebacker has been called the greatest hitter in NFL history by many football historians and players. No.66 instilled fear in opponents with his crushing blows, taunting and trademark, toothless sneer.
Library Journal
Ray Nitschke was a rough and tough middle linebacker for the best team of the 1960s, the Green Bay Packers. Gruver, who wrote winningly on the Packers' glory years in The Ice Bowl, has done a nice job of blending familiar material about Nitschke with new interviews with Ray's teammates and contemporaries to create a compelling, coherent, and detailed portrait of a complex individual. Readers meet not only a Hall of Fame football player but also someone who underwent one of the most amazing life transformations imaginable, from an alcoholic, belligerent wild man to a sober, steady husband and father. Nitschke was a favorite for the way he played and for his habit of consistently making himself cheerfully available to fans. His entertaining autobiography, Mean on Sunday, was originally published in 1973, but this is the first biography of this legendary player. Recommended for all football collections. John Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Camden, NJ Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878332717
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/15/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST TAYLOR
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 416,745
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
One 1
Two 15
Three 32
Four 46
Five 61
Six 83
Seven 97
Eight 119
Nine 136
Ten 155
Eleven 179
Twelve 202
Epilogue 218
Index 225
Acknowledgments 236
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