December 1, 2011
Instant Replay, the diary of the 1967 Packers season by Jerry Kramer and Dick Schaap, is a testament to what can happen when outstanding candor and beautiful writing converge with outrageously fortuitous luck. What begins as an arduous challenge for Kramer to persevere through yet another torturous Vince Lombardi training camp culminates in the Packers’ triumph in the Ice Bowl–on a final-minute Bart Starr quarterback sneak for a touchdown where Kramer threw the key block–and, somewhat anti-climatically, the Packers’ Super Bowl II victory over the Raiders.
For insight into the daily preparation and psyche of a football player, football coach, and football team alone, Instant Replay would be an exceptional read. That it captures one of the most heralded plays in NFL history, however, leads its relevance to endure more than 40 years later.