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When Pride Still Mattered | [David Maraniss]

When Pride Still Mattered

More than any other sports figure, Vince Lombardi transformed football into a metaphor for the American experience. The nine seasons during which he led the Green Bay Packers to five world championships is the most storied period in NFL history. Lombardi became a legend, a symbol to many of leadership, discipline, perseverance, and teamwork, and to others of an obsession with winning. Maraniss captures the myth and the man, football, God, and country in a thrilling biography that has become an American classic.
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More than any other sports figure, Vince Lombardi transformed football into a metaphor for the American experience. The nine seasons during which he led the Green Bay Packers to five world championships is the most storied period in NFL history. Lombardi became a legend, a symbol to many of leadership, discipline, perseverance, and teamwork, and to others of an obsession with winning. Maraniss captures the myth and the man, football, God, and country in a thrilling biography that has become an American classic.

This year, on the fortieth anniversary of Vince Lombardi’s death, the immortal coach strides onto the Broadway stage in a new American play, Lombardi, based on Maraniss’s critically acclaimed book, written by Academy Award winner Eric Simonson.

©1999 David Maraniss; ©2011 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"An astonishingly good book....A triumph, a classic American biography." (Robert W. Creamer The Washington Post Book World)

"Forges a near-perfect synthesis of fine writing and fascinating material. May be the best sports biography ever published." (Ron Fimrite, Sports Illustrated)

"A superb book, one of the best on football that we have." (Michael Oriard, The Philadelphia Inquirer)

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    Raleigh greensboro, NC, United States 05-18-12
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    "when men still mattered"

    vince lombardi was at heart an actor and a playwright
    the oldest son of southern italian immigrants
    he longed to be, but never was, a scholarly jesuit priest

    for a time he was the offensive line coach at army
    he longed to be a soldier and a leader of men in battle
    but despite being 28 y.o. in 1941 he never served in the military

    modern life seemed artificial, complicated and weak to him
    it was only on a football field that life made sense to him
    it was there that his virtues, talents and courage mattered

    some men need to be tested and know where they stand
    they look for ways to face their fears and overcome pain
    lombardi understood this better than anyone in his generation

    he game these men a stage on which to demonstrate their abilities
    he created a world and a set of rules that fit their needs and talents
    his demands to "pay the price for victory" resonated deeply with them

    all of this success came at a terrible price, of course
    his alcoholic wife remained in his fearful shadow all of her life
    his son and daughter can honestly say they never knew him

    life in post WW II america slowly quit rewarding the male virtues
    being clever, attractive, political and comfortable became significant
    lombardi would have none of it and wore his old fashioned style with pride

    this is easily the best sports biography i've ever heard or read
    the themes and scale of the story come close to an american opera
    it makes sense that people would want to bring the story to broadway


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