INSTANT REPLAY: The Green Bay Diary of Jerry Kramer by Jerry Kramer

INSTANT REPLAY: The Green Bay Diary of Jerry Kramer

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Now that baseball seems to have acquired the stately rhythms of a pitchers' minuet, football has surely taken over as a circus sport complete with battered gladiators and spinesnapping action. The fabled offensive lineman of the Green Bay Packers, Mr. Kramer has, purportedly, kept a diary (at least twice a week) of the 1967 season. After a recital of the agonizing training, the enforced retreats, the Jovian abuse of Coach Vince Lombardi, Jerry ends the seasonal diary with an aria about the reason for it all: ""the guys. . . the shared excitement."" Since Kramer with his twenty-two operations, mainly due to field injuries is not atypical, one would guess that the other enormous gentlemen in pro football would agree to nothing less. Jerry's diary--about as ""inside"" as you can get--opens locker room doors to the not-quite-real world of Vince Lombardi where grown men hide ice cream cones behind their backs and the players kneel in the Lord's Prayer after creaming Oakland in the Super Bowl.

Pub Date: Sept. 3rd, 1968
ISBN: 0385517459
Publisher: World