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In 1967, when Jerry Kramer was a thirty-one-year-old Green Bay Packers offensive lineman, in his tenth year with the team, he decided to keep a diary of the season. “Perhaps, by setting down my daily thoughts and observations,” he wrote, “I’ll be able to understand precisely what it is that draws me back to professional football.” Working with the renowned journalist DickIn 1967, when Jerry Kramer was a thirty-one-year-old Green Bay Packers offensive lineman, in his tenth year with the team, he decided to keep a diary of the season. “Perhaps, by setting down my daily thoughts and observations,” he wrote, “I’ll be able to understand precisely what it is that draws me back to professional football.” Working with the renowned journalist Dick Schaap, Kramer recorded his day-to-day experiences as a player with perception, honesty, humor, and startling sensitivity. Little did Kramer know that the 1967 season would be one of the most remarkable in the history of pro football, culminating with the legendary championship game against Dallas now known as the “Ice Bowl,” in which Kramer would play a central role. Nor could he have anticipated that his diary would evolve into a book titled Instant Replay, first published in 1968, that would become a multimillion-copy bestseller and be celebrated by reviewers everywhere, including the Washington Post’s Jonathan Yardley, who calls it “to this day, the best inside account of pro football, indeed the best book ever written about that sport and that league.”This groundbreaking look inside the world of professional football is one of the first books ever to take readers into the locker room and reveal the inner workings of a professional sports franchise. From training camp, through the historic Ice Bowl, then into the locker room of Super Bowl II, Kramer provides a captivating player’s perspective on pro football when the game was all blood, grit, and tears. He also offers a rare and insightful view of the team’s storied leader, Coach Vince Lombardi. Bringing the book back into print for the first time in more than a decade, this new edition of Instant Replay retains the classic look of the original and includes a foreword by Jonathan Yardley and additional rarely seen photos from the celebrated “Lombardi era.” As vivid and engaging as it was when it was first published, Instant Replay is an irreplaceable reminder of the glory days of pro football....

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Instant Replay: The Green Bay Diary of Jerry Kramer Reviews

  • Steve
    2019-03-27 12:13

    In its day, this was a very popular book. This was due in large part to a masterstroke in marketing -- it was packaged with a razor and sold in every drugstore in America. And of course as a sports-crazed kid, I had to see what it was all about. It was an interesting inside account. (In fact, when you're going for kind of thing, it doesn't get much more inside than an interior lineman's perspective.) Anyway, there were some great stories about Vince Lombardi and some of the Packers' star players. It all led well to the denouement: Kramer's key block that allowed Bart Starr to fall forward through the hole in the vaunted Cowboy defense in the last seconds of the championship game for the winning score.

  • Matt
    2019-04-16 08:26

    This was an amazing book. I remembered it inadvertently while walking into an elevator the other day and just had to add it. I really loved this book when I read it as a football-obsessed kid (maybe 12 or so) and I was startled by remembering how much I remembered of it and how articulate and thoughtful he really was.I remember how he describes training camp and how Lombardi made all the tryouts get up and sing in front of everybody- to test their meddle or something, I'm not sure. But it's a brilliant move from a legendary coach, who gets his due from the inside here.How he worked out all day running sprints in Florida for training camp and when they went to a bowling alley to unwind afterwards they drank pepsi and it was so cold and so delicious after a day spent draining themselves it was the most delicious thing in the world. I know what he means!and how he didn't want to take his helmet off, even though he's probably always hated it, after winning the Super Bowl (I think) and how it was like a badge of honor after so much time....Seriously great book!!!

  • Bill
    2019-04-08 11:26

    "When I look back upon the 1967 season,......I remember a very special spirit, a rare camaraderie, something I can't quite define, but something I've tried to capture in this diary." Jerry KramerSpirit - camaraderie - achievement - teamwork, this book has it all with nothing held back - a great book about the NFL for any sports fan! p.s., will someone please look at the accomplishments of Jerry Kramer and get this guy into the NFL Hall of Fame.

  • David
    2019-04-20 09:19

    This has always been one of my favorite books. It's the diary written by Jerry Kramer, an offensive lineman during the Lombardi years in Green Bay, during Lombardi's final season as coach. I still have the promotional paperback copy that was distributed with Personna razor blades and that I read as an 8-year-old in third grade. You may have to look around in a second-hand bookshop to find a copy these days but if you do find one, snap it up! It's one of the best sports books you'll ever read.

  • Sam
    2019-04-04 12:12

    I'm a Packer fan (shh, don't tell my dad) and I had to read this for school. My English teacher had fangirled over Jerry Kramer, sent him letters, and even got to speak with him on the phone, and she was all too proud to tell us about it. This book was an interesting recollection into the Lambeau locker room, into the Ice Bowl, and offered a very good snapshot of Lombardi himself. I really enjoyed it and I think I got rebuked for reading it too quickly because unlike the other students who read to the prescribed point, I read the whole thing in a weekend and then had to censor myself for a month to resist giving spoilers.

  • Donald
    2019-04-10 10:14

    "Instant Replay" is a fascinating look, in journal form, at an NFL season, through the eyes of veteran Green Bay Packer guard Jerry Kramer. Kramer had been an integral part of the great Packer championship teams of the 1960s, and as he relates the story of a disappointing season without legendary Coach Vince Lombardi (who had stepped down after the previous Super Bowl to move into the front office), it's hard not to get a bit misty- eyed at times. "Instant Replay" is a great book for a limited audience; there will be some difficulty understanding the story without at least some knowledge of the people involved. Jerry Kramer, btw, was one of the greatest offensive linemen in NFL history. It's a travesty that he isn't in the Hall of Fame.

  • Jason
    2019-04-15 13:28

    For as much as I love the Packers, I've avoided this book for whatever reason -- probably because books written by athletes invariably suck. I'm not sure how much of this was actually Kramer and how much was ghostwritten by Dick Schaap, but this is as good of Packers/Lombardi book as I've read. Particularly fascinating was the amount of racism present -- both implied and overt. Makes sense considering this was the late '60s, but it's something that rarely comes up when you hear about the gilded dynasty years.

  • Geoff
    2019-04-19 12:12

    When I played high school football, my favorite team was the Green Bay Packers. I [layed right guard and Jerry Kramer was my hero. Not some wimpy quarterback. So of course I loved this book. But, as it turns out, the book was pretty well written, and given that the Pack won the SuperBowl that year, makes for a good story.

  • Steven
    2019-04-18 08:18

    A best-seller in the 60's, this book chronicles the day-by-day of what was Jerry Kramer's last season with the Packers, and, as it turns out, the last season coach Vince Lombardi was with the team. A fascinating inside account of a football season decades before the internet, sports radio, etc.

  • John Karp
    2019-04-12 11:17

    One of my all time favorite books. Read this back when I was 10. Great candid insight into the coaches and players of the Green Bay Packers of the 1960s. If you're a Packers fan, I say this is a must read. If you just love sports (football), this is a great read.

  • Chuck Slack
    2019-04-12 12:08

    I'm biased. I'm a Green Bay Packers fan but I'm a football fan even more. A great book about the "world" of football. Really enjoyable. I highly recommend it if you are a football fan.

  • Padraic
    2019-04-26 09:00

    The reason I still wear a Packers cap; also the reason I've never watched a complete NFL game since 1967 and the Ice Bowl. How do you climb higher than the top?

  • Dave
    2019-03-30 08:13

    Loved this book. Right up there with the Jim Brown and Lombardi bios that I read around the same time.

  • John Roylance
    2019-04-03 16:10

    If you like the Packers or football you'll love this book. Tons of great stories about the Lombardi era Packers.

  • Cindy Cheng
    2019-04-01 12:09

    Diary of a professional football player during the 1967 season that led to their win at the Super Bowl. It was fun to read about players that later became actors (Karras, and Olsen) and about their meager salaries, even by 1960's standards. And the coach of the Packers, Vince Lombardi, wow!

  • Bob
    2019-04-11 12:14

    Very entertaining. Awesome football.

  • David Folz
    2019-04-12 11:20

    This was a must read for me throughout the course of time. I finally got it and it really dives into the 1967 season with the Packers in an amazing way. Very impressed by this the whole story long.

  • Steve Buchmeyer
    2019-03-27 10:08

    Jerry Kramer’s book is one of my all-time favorites if for nothing else it is similar to my own experience. I had a high school football coach that was in many ways like Lombardi. I only wish I had read this book sooner, I believe it would have benefited me a great deal during those days when I hated the man who I greatly admired and was willing to put myself in physical harm. Lombardi was a great leader and in a lot of ways reminds me of many great military leaders. My own coach truly resembled Benito Mussolini.The Lombardi Packers were certainly one of the greatest dynasties in the history of Pro sports and Kramer’s account provides readers with a very real and honest exposure to what it was like to be a part of it. Their success was not by chance, it happened for a reason and it came at a price, but it was a price they were willing to pay. In my limited coaching experience I came to marvel how Lombardi was able to squeeze every drop of ability out of the men he coached, I never came close to doing that with the boys I barked at.Today it is common to hear quotes or paraphrased statements that Vincent Lombardi expounded passionately to his team. The debate could be made that it was his passion to the values and system rather than the values and system themselves that made them champions. I believe the two were symbiotic, his passions were driven by convictions and his convictions were driven by his passion. Kramer experienced both and shares what life is like for those under the human butt-kicking machine.It is now fifty years removed and yet some of the profound truths to success shared are as relevant today as it was then. I enjoy the historical placement the book tells and not better example than his comments regarding race. While history primarily shares the story of the equal rights for race as the work of a people group fighting for something they don’t have. This book shows something that is frequently missed, the invitation to equality by those seated at the table. Lombardi did not have to provide a single speech on race equality – he simply demonstrated by his actions and others admired and followed. As quoted in the book, “Lombardi did not have favorites, he hated us all equally.”Final point, Kramer demonstrates that Pro athletes have a brain in their heads; he even suggests that he would be wise to stop abusing the head so his brain might be of future use. He is in the final stages of his playing years and he is about to move into a new life that is much different than the one he had experienced for the first part of his adult life. Instant Replay is no less insightful today as it was many years ago and for that reason it is worth reading more than once.

  • Oliver Bateman
    2019-04-05 12:06

    Kramer's Instant Replay, though not nearly as controversial as Jim Bouton's Ball Four or as thought-provoking as Dave Meggyesy's Out of Their League, rises above the level of outdated period piece by virtue of its tremendous narrative. Kramer didn't exactly "write" the script that culminated in climactic showdowns against the LA Rams and the Dallas Cowboys (the latter in the famous 1967 "Ice Bowl" NFC Championship), but he certainly participated in its creation, up to and including providing the block that allowed Bart Starr to score the winning touchdown against the Cowboys. It's the drama found in the last fifty or so pages of this "year-in-the-life" diary that sets it apart from MLB pitcher Jim Brosnan's much more sedate The Long Season. Kramer, like Brosnan, doesn't shy away from the fact that professional sports is an ugly business: Vince Lombardi jokes freely about trading or cutting players who aren't performing, numerous Packers suffer grisly injuries or lose their starting jobs to younger challengers, and the diarist himself spends a great deal of time pondering what he wants to do with his future (and in one memorable passage, which occurs after a special guest has spoken at the team's prayer meeting, realizes that he really has no idea). There's no moment in here that compares to the end of George Plimpton's Paper Lion, where Detroit defensive end Alex Karras confesses to the author that he never wanted to be a "jockstrap athlete," but Instant Replay remains a fascinating evocation of a lost period in sports history: a moment where the Super Bowl still didn't matter as much as the NFC Championship, where bigger money was to be made off the field, where the players were stars but not superstars, and where the kind of locker room unrest that Meggyesy discusses (racial and otherwise) hadn't yet overwhelmed organizations like the Packers. But change was coming, and it wouldn't be long before "company men" like Kramer--for whom Lombardi's constant stream of invective and cheapskate ways are tolerable because the "old man" really cares about winning--gave way to a new generation of players who weren't willing to countenance such bullshit.

  • Michael Linton
    2019-04-16 14:01

    If you're a Packer fan, you HAVE to read this book. If you're a football fan, I recommend you read this book. It's an easy book to read and provides insight into the Packers, Lombardi, and football in general. It's interesting to understand the mindset of a football player. I like reading about how Jerry would try to motivate himself for a game. I thought it was interesting to read about how the team went through the ups and downs in terms of how motivated or not motivated they were before a game. There's a little bit of humor in it and a bit touching at times. It's told in a mostly matter-of-factly manner but I think it's one of the better books on football on a person level. Although I haven't read that many. It also taught me some things about football I found interesting with a bit of humor. For example, Jerry said that sometimes a linemen may appear to have a bad game but sometimes it's the QB's fault as well. He explained that when I lineman is passblocking, they have an internal clock when they expect the QB to get rid of the ball. This one game, Bart got sacked a lot and he said that Bart was holding onto the ball longer than usual. He said the linemen have an internal clock and will block for as long until they QB releases the ball. They kind of "let up" when they expect the QB to release the ball. He said it may be laziness on their part but it's also kind of subconscious. The next game, Zeke was getting rid of the ball quicker and Jerry was having a better game. It's a bit tongue-in-cheek in that because Zeke got rid of the ball quicker, Jerry had a better game. It would definitely appear to be so to those that watch, but I thought it was interesting in the thought process of blocking. The other thing I found interesting was he said they never tackle in practice, even when they had pads on. I wanted to read that again but I can't find the page number. I find that very interesting because that's always a debate, especially now: to tackle or not in order to be a tackle better.

  • J.w. Larrick
    2019-04-07 09:23

    I bought this book in 1968 and read it probably a dozen times over the years. I liked it so much I convinced my freshman H.S. English comp teacher to allow me to write one of my bi-weekly book reports on it. He read it first and agreed to let me write a report on it, but he seemed skeptical. My teacher had a recommended reading list that included mostly American and British literature and short stories (Poe, Twain, Orwell and most of the other standards for H.S. reading). I was drawn to the book not only because I played football but also because I had seen a photo spread in I believe "Life" magazine called "The $25,000 block" about the N.F.L. championship game ( later known as "The Ice Bowl"that became a subject of the book). The book made me think about many important things and life lessons that I have carried with me to this day. Hard work, honesty, loyalty and most importantly selflessness or being part of a thing much bigger than you are.One of the habits I have maintained to this day is the concept of "Lombardi Time". Coach Lombardi was quoted as saying "If you're not 15 minutes early YOU'RE LATE" and he meant it. I always adhered to this principle as a sign of commitment and respect for the organizations and people I worked for. I just liked the maturity and enduring admiration that Lombardi inspired and was captured so well by Jerry Kramer and Dick Shapp. One of the great sports books of all time and much more if you really understand the times it was written in.I still have my original "Instant Replay" among my collection of lifetime favorites where it holds a special spot. (Incidentally I was shocked when I got a B+ from Mr. Walmer. He downgraded me for some spelling and punctuation errors, but told me that I captured the essence of the book in a manner of "The highest Order"). One of my proudest achievements.

  • Tom Gase
    2019-03-26 11:29

    My friends know that I read a lot of autobiographies of athletes that weren't really THAT great (See Eric Davis, Wayne Chrebet) because I get their books for a buck at book fairs. I also got this book for a buck at book fair, but what a gem it turned out to be.I always see this book on lists of the greatest sports books of all time, so I figured it was time I read it. It's basically just a diary of Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Jerry Kramer of the 1967 football season, in which the Packers try to win the second Super Bowl ever played (they had defeated Kansas City the year before). Great insight information and I really got to like Kramer a lot as a person. Just a great human being. His descriptions on how he prepares for a game are stellar, especially the chapters in which he prepares to try and block Alex Karras of the Detroit Lions and Merlin Olsen of the then L.A. Rams. He also has a lot of great insight on other Packers such as Bart Starr, Ray Nietzke (spelling?) Paul Hornung, and of course the head coach Vince Lombardi.The book is not only insightful, but often very funny as Kramer talks about the day-to-day struggles to get ready for a game coming up later in the week. If you are a Green Bay Packers fan, why haven't you read this already? If you are a fan of the NFL or football in general this is also a MUST read.Edited by the late great Dick Schaap, this book is five stars all the way. What's even more great about this is the book I found must be from 1968 as well. I can't believe somebody didn't want this book or that the library didn't think this was required reading for sports fans anymore.

  • Tim Lyons
    2019-03-31 16:13

    I have been reading instant replay. Instant replay is a diary written by Jerry Kramer. Jerry Kramer was one of the best offensive linemen to play football and he was on the Green Bay Packers. Being a Packers fan all my life and loving Jerry Kramer I picked it up as soon as I saw it. It was very cool to see what's behind the locker room doors and how the best football team of its time was run. one thing that surprised me was how mean coach Lombardi was. He is hands down the best football coach of all time and the players were definitely not fond of him most of the time. You would never expect grown men to be scared of a fat Italian but they were. However his coaching style worked because the Green Bay Packers won two straight Super Bowls and were the dominant team in the league for a good amount of time. it was clear that the Packers worked harder than any other football team and it payed off. Even though the players didn't see it when they were hurting and tired, they did end up victorious most of the time. I really liked reading these parts of the book because I like to see how they are successful. Even though I haven't read a lot of books in my life, this is definitely my favorite. It was very entertaining to feel like a member of my favorite Football team. I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars. On the down side this book is only interesting if you care about football, especially if you're a Packers fan. If you aren't a lot all fan then most of the book won't make sense and it will not be an enjoyable read.

  • John Yingling
    2019-04-11 11:11

    I read this book just after it was published, and didn't have a very objective view, since I hated the Green Bay Packers of the time. After all these years, they are hardly one of my all-time favorite teams, but my feelings toward them have mellowed, so now I can appreciate what a dedicated group of professionals they were, headed by arguably the best coach ever. Jerry Kramer writes with real feeling and insight. I feel that I have a better understanding of what a football player goes through to become the person on the field that he is: the sacrifice, the dedication and most definitely, the pain and suffering. This is a great book. I do have one question: why is Jerry Kramer not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame? He was voted onto the all-time team for the league's 50th anniversary, and he has been a Hall of Fame finalist numerous times. I'm mystified as to why he is continually passed over. But I am so glad he wrote this book, to give each of us an excellent story of a first-rate football player and person, and of the great joy and satisfaction it is to be on a team, all working together for a common goal.

  • Robert James
    2019-04-13 10:08

    Very nostalgic look back at how football used to be played. This book was written shortly after the 1967 season and is tame compared to how it would have been written today. However the comparisons you can make to how pro football is today is startling. The famous Ice Bowl game is considered just another game in this book because it had not grown into legendary status yet. There was only a 40 man roster in 1967 so your football stars played on special teams which would be unheard of today. The winner of the NFL championship made $25,000/man and that is the main goal of winning that game where today the players make so much money that players actually take a pay cut playing playoff games. Also why is Jerry Kramer not in the Hall of Fame? He must be the only Packer of significance from that period not in the Hall.

  • Bob Wolniak
    2019-04-23 11:28

    Guard Jerry Kramer's best selling diary through the Green Bay Packers' Super Bowl (II) winning season from training camp through the Super Bowl and including one of the most famous games in NFL history, The Ice Bowl. But this is not a highlight reel as much as an insider's anecdotal look at what it was like to be an NFL player in those halcyon days. The techniques of psychology, coaching, preparation, business enterprises, play calling and game readiness are certainly far different in today's game, so this makes for an historical snapshot of an era and a football dynasty. I couldn't help but compare the sometimes abusive behavior and tone surrounding injuries and concussions to today's game. We've come a long way in that regard. Not to mention how much player's rights and what they are getting paid compared to back then!

  • Jeff
    2019-03-30 10:07

    I am not and never have been a Packers fan but I have always loved this book. It is old time football when players played the game for the thrill of winning and spent their off seasons selling insurance. The book started as the diary of Jerry Kramer, Packers all pro guard, and details the 1967 season for the Packers culminating in the second Super Bowl. Kramer, with an assist by sportswriter Dick Schapp, turned the diary into a page turning book with perhaps the first true look inside a professional sports team. Despite great stories about Buktus, and Alex Karras, Lombardi, Hornung, the ice bowl, and locker room speeches I was mainly enthralled by how human everyone seemed….making them in my eyes even more heroic.

  • Robert Osborne
    2019-03-30 11:03

    I have read and re-read this book so much when I was younger the paperback editin I owned literally fell apart. While not as shocking as Ball Four, this book gives an inside look at Lombardi's Packers from a player's perspective. The book brings out the humanity of the men who made up the greatest team of its era (1960's), a time when pro athleteswere not as dramatically separated by money and fame from their fans. I would also recommend (if you can still find it in print) the follow up book by Kramer titled Distant Replay, which follows the lives, and in many cases the struggles of the Packer players in the years following the end of their careers.

  • Jack Hansen
    2019-04-08 11:18

    Read this when I was a young man with dreams of becoming a professional football player. Jerry Kramer's diary gave me an insight into the commitment needed to meet the requirements of a professional. The work ethic, especially playing for the legend, Vincent Lombardi, wass obvious as Kramer described the practice and classroom sessions needed to be a champion. Jerry Kramer also talks about his private life in the book, somewhat, noting the hobbies and friends he and his family shared. I enjoyed his sense of humor also. Instant Replay is a sports enthusiast's pleasure to read and add to his/her library.

  • Gerry
    2019-04-14 15:15

    It's cold in Green Bay and often Jerry Kramer does not feel like practising but he is a Green Bay Packer and the will to win and continue always prevails. Especially with someone like Coach Lombardi in the background. The diary records the events of the 1967 season when Green Bay became champions of the National Football League for the second successive year, winning Superbowl Two. Amusing and informative, the camaraderie of being in such a side shines through and thank goodness Green Bay did win those first two Superbowls because what would we be calling the Vince Lombardi trophy otherwise?