The Year the Packers Came Back

Green Bay’s 1972 Resurgence


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About the Book

The 1972 Green Bay Packers were not expected to challenge for a playoff spot, or even to top their four victories from the season before. But the players were an eclectic group of over-achievers, 20 of whom were brand new to the team. Despite disheartening decisions by a questionable head coach, they gelled almost immediately and by season’s end became the only Packers team throughout the 1970s to earn a division title. This book details how they succeeded beyond all expectations and tells one of the great stories in pro football history.

About the Author(s)

Former sportswriter Joe Zagorski has been a member of the Pro Football Researchers Association since the mid-1980s, and has written numerous articles for their monthly publication The Coffin Corner. He has also written articles for the internet site Pro Football Journal. He lives in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Bibliographic Details

Joe Zagorski
Foreword by Mike Holmgren

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 259
Bibliographic Info: 47 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7424-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3785-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Foreword by Mike Holmgren 1
Preface 3
1. Misery, Draft and Trades 11
2. Potential Amidst Early Injuries 28
3. Statement Wins 40
4. A Vital Comeback 53
5. A Predictable Slump 66
6. Losing a Coach, Gaining a Perspective 78
7. A Team in Every Sense 97
8. The ­Late-Season Drive for Victory 115
9. The Pack Is Back 130
10. Losing Too Soon 152
11. Proud to Be a Packer 169
12. A Legacy Remembered 182
Appendix A: The Players 191
Appendix B: Roster and Statistics 206
Chapter Notes 213
Bibliography 238
Index 243

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “The 1972 Packers team needs to be remembered. Joe Zagorski’s book represents a good first step forward in making sure that they are remembered.”—former Green Bay head coach Mike Holmgren
  • “I’ve told people over the years that the magic of that team—the greatness of that team—was the oneness. It was just a wonderful team from that standpoint of oneness.”—Green Bay’s 1972 starting quarterback, Scott Hunter
  • “Fascinating reading and a book that should be on the shelf of any fan of Packers history.”—