When Pride Still Mattered: A Life Of Vince Lombardi

When Pride Still Mattered: A Life Of Vince Lombardi

When Pride Still Mattered: A Life Of Vince Lombardi by David Maraniss is the story of the great coach’s life as he went from Brooklyn to Fordham to Army and then to Green Bay where he became one of the greatest coaches in NFL history. When Pride Still Mattered is a story of a man and his incredible drive to succeed.

When Pride Still Mattered: A Life Of Vince Lombardi by David Maraniss
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At the point when Pride Still Mattered is the quintessential story of the American family: how Vince Lombardi, the child of an outsider Italian butcher, rose to the top, and how his character and will to win changed him, his better half, his youngsters, his players, his game, and at last the whole country. It is additionally a dynamic football story, bountiful with records of Lombardi’s exciting life in that world, from his playing days with the Seven Blocks of Granite at Fordham during the 1930s to the wonder of instructing the Green Bay Packers of Starr, Hornung, Taylor, McGee, Davis, and Wood during the 1960s. It is likewise an investigation of public legends, following what Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer David Maraniss calls the deception of the guiltless past, and a retaining record of the mythmakers from Grantland Rice to Howard Cosell who formed Lombardi’s picture.

Vincent Thomas Lombardi was brought into the world in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, on June 11, 1913. His initial life was formed by the trinity of family, religion, and sports; they appeared to be entwined, as indistinguishable to him as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. He was profoundly impacted by the Jesuits, who showed him the way of thinking he later utilized with his players, subjecting singular longings to a bigger reason. The topography of his ascent was something contrary to the unassuming community kid who makes it in the enormous city. This child of New York didn’t accomplish notoriety until he accepted a position in far off Green Bay, Wisconsin. Prior to that, he had worked secretly for a very long time, first as a secondary school mentor in New Jersey, at that point as an aide at Fordham, at West Point (under the powerful Colonel “Red” Blaik), lastly with the New York Giants. He was at that point 46 when he was at last employed to mentor the hapless Packers in 1959, driving them in the most celebrated period in NFL history, winning five championships in nine seasons.

When he passed on of disease in 1970, after one season in Washington during which he changed the Redskins into champs, Lombardi had become a mythic character who rose above game, and his legend has just filled in the a very long time since. Numerous currently go to Lombardi looking for qualities that they dread have been hopelessly lost, the good old ethics of order, acquiescence, steadfastness, character, and collaboration. To others he represents something less sentimental: present day culture’s fixation on winning and shallow achievement. In When Pride Still Mattered, Maraniss renders Lombardi as imperfect and driven at this point at last misjudged, a courageous figure who was more perplexing and bona fide than the cliché pictures of him propounded by admirers and pundits.

Utilizing the very fastidious detailing and clearing account style that he utilized in First in His Class, his exemplary history of Bill Clinton, Maraniss isolates legend from the real world and wondrously recovers Vince Lombardi’s life and times.

David Maraniss Books

First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton (1995) Shop at Amazon
Tell Newt to Shut Up! (1996) Shop at Amazon
The Clinton Enigma: A Four-and-a-Half Minute Speech Reveals This President's Entire Life (1998) Shop at Amazon
When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi (1999) Shop at Amazon
The Prince of Tennessee: Al Gore Meets His Fate (2000) Shop at Amazon
They Marched into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967 (2003) Shop at Amazon
Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero (2006) Shop at Amazon
Rome 1960: The Olympics that Changed the World (2008) Shop at Amazon
Into the Story: A Writer's Journey through Life, Politics, Sports and Loss (2010) Shop at Amazon
Barack Obama: The Story (2012) Shop at Amazon
Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story (2015) Shop at Amazon
A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father (2019) Shop at Amazon

Vince Lombardi Accomplishments

  • 2-time NFL Coach of the Year (1959, 1961)
  • 2-time Super Bowl champion (I, II)
  • 5-time NFL champion (1961, 1962, 1965–1967)

About the Author

David Maraniss is an associate editor at The Washington Post. He is the winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting and has been a Pulitzer finalist two other times for his journalism and again for They Marched Into Sunlight, a book about Vietnam and the sixties.

His is also the author of bestselling works on Bill Clinton, Vince Lombardi, and Roberto Clemente. Maraniss is a fellow of the Society of American Historians. He and his wife, Linda, live in Washington, DC, and Madison, Wisconsin.

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