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When Pride Still Mattered

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When Pride Still Mattered

A Life of Vince Lombardi

By David Maraniss

Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9780684870182, 544pp.

Publication Date: September 3, 2000

In this groundbreaking biography, David Maraniss captures all of football great Vince Lombardi: the myth, the man, his game, and his God.

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.

Praise For When Pride Still Mattered

Robert W. Creamer
The Washington Post Book World

An astonishingly good book....A triumph, a classic American biography.

Ron Fimrite
Sports Illustrated

Forges a near-perfect synthesis of fine writing and fascinating material. May be the best sports biography ever published.

Michael Oriard
The Philadelphia Inquirer

A superb book, one of the best on football that we have.

Michael Bauman
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A monumental biography.

Tim Long
The Miami Herald

A masterly biography....A finely crafted, multifaceted portrait of a life driven by obsession.

Lester Munson
Chicago Tribune

Both the reach of the research and the grasp of Lombardi's character are impressive. It is a wonderful work.

Bill Brashler
Chicago Sun-Times

It is simply a superb biography.