When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi

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When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi

by David Maraniss

Simon & Schuster | September 15, 2000 | Trade Paperback |

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More than any other sports figure, Vince Lombardi transformed football into a metaphor of the American experience. The son of an Italian immigrant butcher, Lombardi toiled for twenty frustrating years as a high school coach and then as an assistant at Fordham, West Point, and the New York Giants before his big break came at age forty-six with the chance to coach a struggling team in snowbound Wisconsin. His leadership of the Green Bay Packers to five world championships in nine seasons is the most storied period in NFL history. Lombardi became a living legend, a symbol to many of leadership, discipline, perseverance, and teamwork, and to others of an obsession with winning. In When Pride Still Mattered, Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss captures the myth and the man, football, God, and country in a thrilling biography destined to become an American classic.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 544 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 1.18 in

Published: September 15, 2000

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0684870185

ISBN - 13: 9780684870182

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When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi

by David Maraniss

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 544 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 1.18 in

Published: September 15, 2000

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0684870185

ISBN - 13: 9780684870182

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Chapter 24: Ice Ed Sabol could not sleep the night before a title game. He and his son Steve had been working pro football championships for NFL Films since 1962, and every year he was nervous, as if he had never done this before. Were his cameras in the right locations? Would there be a dramatic story line? Would the weather create problems again? By seven on the morning of December 31, 1967, he already had been awake for two hours, and now he was standing at the window of his hotel room, staring out into the northern darkness. Friday seemed unforgiving in Green Bay, with heavy snow and a fierce wind, but on Saturday there was a brilliant winter sun and the temperature had soared toward thirty. Local forecasters had predicted more of the same for today''s one o''clock game. The telephone rang. Steve, who had been asleep in the other bed, fumbled for the receiver. "Good morning, Mr. Sabol." The wake-up message came in a gentle singsong voice. "It is sixteen degrees below zero and the wind is out of the north. Now have a nice day." "Dad," Steve said. "You''re not going to believe this!" The same words of disbelief were being uttered all over town. The phone at Paul''s Standard station on South Broadway had started ringing at five that morning, and the overnight man couldn''t handle it, so Paul Mazzoleni went in himself and took to the streets with his tow truck and jumper cables. One of his first stops was at Willie Wood''s. The free safety was standing next to his dead car, s
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More than any other sports figure, Vince Lombardi transformed football into a metaphor of the American experience. The son of an Italian immigrant butcher, Lombardi toiled for twenty frustrating years as a high school coach and then as an assistant at Fordham, West Point, and the New York Giants before his big break came at age forty-six with the chance to coach a struggling team in snowbound Wisconsin. His leadership of the Green Bay Packers to five world championships in nine seasons is the most storied period in NFL history. Lombardi became a living legend, a symbol to many of leadership, discipline, perseverance, and teamwork, and to others of an obsession with winning. In When Pride Still Mattered, Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss captures the myth and the man, football, God, and country in a thrilling biography destined to become an American classic.

About the Author

David Maraniss is the author of The Clinton Enigma and First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton. He is an associate editor at The Washington Post, where his articles on Bill Clinton won him the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 1993. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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