The 1966 Green Bay Packers

Profiles of Vince Lombardi's Super Bowl I Champions


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About the Book

The 1966 Green Bay Packers were one of the greatest teams in professional football history. Led by legendary head coach Vince Lombardi and 10 future Hall of Famers—including Bart Starr, Jim Taylor, Forrest Gregg, Willie Davis and Ray Nitschke—they were the decisive winners of Super Bowl I, defeating the Kansas City Chiefs and upholding the superiority of the National Football League over the upstart American Football League. This book tells the story of the hard-working ’66 Packers on the gridiron and their legacy in Titletown, USA.

About the Author(s)

Retired attorney George Bozeka is the assistant executive director and assistant publications director of the Professional Football Researchers Association. The author of numerous articles in the association’s publication The Coffin Corner, he was the recipient of the PFRA’s Bob Carroll Memorial Writing Award in 2011. He lives in Akron, Ohio.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by George Bozeka
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 328
Bibliographic Info: 67 photos, notes, index
Copyright Date: 2016
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6203-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2442-6
Imprint: McFarland
Series: Great Teams in Pro Football History

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments (George Bozeka) vi
Preface (George Bozeka) 1
Part 1: The Organization
Head Coach Vince Lombardi (Gary Sarnoff) 5
Assistant Coaches (Ed Bryant) 13
Ownership (John Maxymuk) 17
Building the Team (John Maxymuk) 19
The 1966 Draft (Chris Willis) 23
Part 2: The 1966 Season
Training Camp and Preseason (Rick Schabowski) 29
Regular Season Game Summaries (Rupert Patrick,
Neal Golden and Rich Shmelter) 35
1966 NFL Championship Game (Rupert Patrick) 73
Super Bowl I (Neal Golden) 80
Statistics (Rupert Patrick) 88
Superlatives (Rupert Patrick) 90
Part 3: The Team
Herb Adderley (Joe Zagorski) 95
Lionel Aldridge (John Grasso) 98
Bill Anderson (John Maxymuk) 101
Donny Anderson (Jay Zahn) 105
Ken Bowman (Rick Schabowski) 111
Zeke Bratkowski (George Bozeka) 115
Allen Brown (Matt Reaser) 119
Robert Brown (Michael D. Benter) 122
Tom Brown (John Maxymuk) 126
Lee Roy Caffey (Greg Selber) 130
Don Chandler (George Bozeka) 133
Tommy Joe Crutcher (Greg Selber) 137
Bill Curry (John Maxymuk) 139
Carroll Dale (John Grasso) 144
Willie Davis (George Bozeka) 148
Boyd Dowler (Randy Snow) 153
Marv Fleming (Jay Zahn) 157
Gale Gillingham (Rick Schabowski) 162
Jim Grabowski (Jeffrey J. Miller) 167
Forrest Gregg (John Grasso) 171
Doug Hart (Joe Zagorski) 176
Dave Hathcock (John Maxymuk) 179
Paul Hornung (George Bozeka) 181
Bob Jeter (Michael D. Benter) 188
Henry Jordan (John Maxymuk) 192
Ron Kostelnik (Jay Zahn) 196
Jerry Kramer (Kenneth R. Crippen) 202
Bob Long (Rick Schabowski) 206
Red Mack (Gary Sarnoff) 211
Max McGee (John Maxymuk) 215
Ray Nitschke (Rich Shmelter) 221
Elijah Pitts (Michael D. Benter) 226
Dave Robinson (John Maxymuk) 231
Bob Skoronski (Rick Schabowski) 235
Bart Starr (John Vorperian) 240
Jim Taylor (Neal Golden) 248
Fuzzy Thurston (Rick Schabowski) 253
Phil Vandersea (Ed Bryant) 257
Jim Weatherwax (Matt Reaser) 259
Willie Wood (Joe Zagorski) 263
Steve Wright (Gary Sarnoff) 267
Taxi Squad (John Maxymuk) 273
Race and the Packers (John Vorperian) 277
Part 4: The Stadiums
Lambeau Field (Randy Snow) 283
Milwaukee County Stadium (Mark L. Ford) 286
Part 5: The Press
Bud Lea and Chuck Johnson: The Milwaukee Beats
(Rick Schabowski) 295
Art Daley and Lee Remmel: The Green Bay Beats
(Joe Marren) 300
Ray Scott (Joe Marren) 302
Vernon Biever (Matt Foss) 305
About the Contributors 311
Index 313

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “An absolute ‘must’”—Midwest Book Review
  • “A unique and detailed history…highly recommend it”—Gridiron Greats
  • “Green Bay football fans will no doubt enjoy virtually every bit of this collection of well-written essays on one of pro football’s greatest teams”—Journal of Sport History
  • “This book does exactly what it purports to do. It celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Packers and covers every aspect of their season. The work is highly readable, has some nice photographs and provides a thoroughness that will allow all fans, even knowledgeable Packer fans, to learn something new”— Mind’s Eye Press