top ten tuesday: books i’d recommend to…

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt from Broke and the Bookish:

November 19: Top ten books I’d recommend to X person

This is a fun one! I’m picking Green Bay Packers/football as the topic, and myself (sort of) as the X person, since I haven’t had a chance to read most of these yet. Or anyone who likes football in the Midwest. Or football. Or the Packers. 🙂

As you know if you read the blog, I love my Green Bay Packers, and if you are following the NFL this season, you’ll know the Pack is having a rough time out there lately. I don’t usually have the chance to watch games live on TV and have to wait for replays online, so the books and DVDs reliving better seasons have made these last ugly couple weeks a bit more tolerable. Plus, I bleed green and gold anyway so even though I haven’t read all these yet, I definitely want to get to them eventually. The links go to the books’ Goodreads pages. In no particular order:

1. Packers: Green, Gold and Glory by Sports Illustrated
The one I’m reading right now. Great pictures, and brief profiles of fans, beloved players, and memorable game recaps. At the end, there is a section of previously published Sports Illustrated articles about the Packers, too.

2. When Pride Still Mattered by David Maraniss
The quintessential biography of legendary Packers coach, Vince Lombardi.

3. Driven by Donald Driver
This one was just released and I can’t wait to read it! I think Donald Driver is arguably the most beloved Packer of late—super charismatic, charming, genuine, generous. He’s just one of the best. This memoir chronicles his impoverished childhood, overcoming adversity left and right to being a true icon of the Green and Gold.

4. Aaron Rodgers: Leader of the Pack by Rob Reischel
I mean… yeah:

Aww yeah.

5. From Wheelchair to the Lambeau Leap by LeRoy Butler
Former All-Pro safety and Packers Hall of Famer LeRoy Butler is the inventor of the Lambeau Leap, a time-honored tradition at the Frozen Tundra.

6. Instant Replay: The Green Bay Diary of Jerry Kramer by Jerry Kramer
Offensive lineman Jerry Kramer kept a diary during the 1967 season, his 10th year with the team and the last year of the Lombardi era. Looks like an awesome insider’s account!

7. Favre by Brett Favre, et al
Okay before my fellow cheeseheads get mad—you gotta admit, Favre is a fascinating athlete and has lived quite a life. Of course, this book goes up to all the “retirement” brouhaha, from his childhood in Mississippi, playing high school ball for his dad, through college and his legendary time with the Packers, up to that unforgettable December 2003 Oakland game the day after his father died.

8. Never Die Easy by Walter Payton and Don Yaeger
The autobiography of one-time leading rusher in NFL history. Nicknamed “Sweetness,” Payton was an incredible player and the idol and inspiration of many players that came after him. Payton’s performance and commitment to the game transcends team loyalty—he was a Chicago Bear but everyone can agree he was one of the all-time greats on the field.

9. Monsters: 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football by Rich Cohen
Again, I think any true fan of football can appreciate the Chicago Bears crazy-incredible 1985 season. And, Super Bowl Shuffle. Hahaha! How does that not bring a goofy smile to your face?

10. Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer
Arizona Cardinals safety Pat Tillman turned down a multi-million dollar extension contract to enlist in the Army after the 9/11 attacks, feeling a deep moral obligation to serve his country. Tillman was sent to Afghanistan, where it was ruled he was supposedly killed in friendly fire. Krakauer delivers another investigative book, piecing together the events that lead to Tillman’s death. I love Krakauer’s work anyway, so I thought this would be a great addition to the list.

11. BONUS! The Packers Experience by Lew Freedman and Tom Silverman
I just found this one! A year-by-year guide through every season in the franchise’s history, containing recaps, photos, images of old publicity materials and programs, and more.

What books (or genre) would you recommend to someone—a non-reader, your spouse, your sibling, your parent, etc.?

10 thoughts on “top ten tuesday: books i’d recommend to…

  1. Ok, so I am not a Packers fan per se, but I like the team, especially Aaron Rodgers (Discount Double Check)! But I will have to check a couple of these out. I may have to wait a few years on the Favre book. I still roll my eyes every time I see his face.

    • Who doesn’t love Aaron Rodgers?? I like the new grill class commercial too 🙂

      Yeah, Favre… I hesitated on it but he was such a pivotal figure in the team’s history for a decade. How can you talk about learning about the Packers without including Brett Favre, right?

  2. This cracks me up. Who knew there were so many books related to the Packers? I’m from Boston (and thus like the Patriots), but I’ve lived in Denver for the past ten years and I’m now a Broncos fan too. I don’t know if I’ll be reading books about them any time soon… 😉

    • Yeah! And actually this is just scratching the surface of books about the Packers (and football). When I was putting together this list I discovered a TON more, but these look the most researched and reputable 🙂

      My husband’s family are Patriots fans, and I have family outside Denver too. My cousin used to be a sports photographer and cover the Broncos games, sitting on the sidelines! Very cool.

      Broncos just took down my #2 team, the KC Chiefs… hehe not sure how I feel about that quite yet 😉

    • Thanks! And I can see how it’d be tough to follow outside the US. I even have trouble sometimes keeping up without cable, just using the NFL Game Rewind replays. It’s a great service (I think maybe only available in US), like on-demand, but I get so busy during the weeknights I usually have to wait until the weekend to watch the previous week’s game.

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