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The First America's Team: The 1962 Green Bay Packers
The first book focused on Vince Lombardi's greatest team and arguably the most dominant team in pro football history: the 1962 Green Bay Packers.
The 1962 Green Bay Packers are still considered one of the most dominating teams in the history of the National Football League. In 2007, when the New England Patriots were trying to become the first team to go unbeaten during a 16-game season and win the Super Bowl, there were many stories written about their place in history, and the ’62 Packers were always listed among the top three teams of all time.
There are a number of books on the Packers already, showing a strong and sustained interest in one of the most popular sports franchises in America. There are also a number of books—though far fewer—on the Packers of the Vince Lombardi era. There has never been a book, however, focused on Lombardi’s, and (arguably) pro football’s, greatest team: the 1962 Packers.
The 1962 Green Bay Packers
will examine how the team was built and on Lombardi's coaching staff, how four of the five assistants went on to become head coaches -- Bill Austin, Tom Fears, Norb Hecker and Phil Bengtson. The team was rich with personalities, from the glamour-conscience Hourning to the emotional Nitschke to the laconic Starr. Of course, the strongest personality of all was Lombardi’s, who shaped these many unique individuals and talents into a team so dominant it changed the game forever. The Packers of this era won five championships in seven years, including the first two Super Bowls, creating a dynasty in the smallest market in professional sports. The 1962 team was the signature team and their power sweep became a national phenomenon. Despite playing in little Green Bay, the players on Lombardi's team became national heroes. This really was the first America's Team.
About Bob Berghaus
Bob Berghaus was born and raised in Milwaukee where he was a fan of the Green Bay Packers teams coached by Vince Lombardi. Berghaus went on to work for the
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
where he covered the Green Bay Packers from 1996-98, including Super Bowls XXXI and XXXII. He then moved to Green Bay to become sports editor of the
Green Bay Press-Gazette
. In Wisconsin, he earned several writing awards including being named Wisconsin Sportswriter of the Year in 1991 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
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