Dan Devine Resigns (December 16, 1974)
GREEN BAY (AP) - "I'm going to be at Green Bay the rest of my career," Dan Devine said in early 1971. "If
this job hadn't come along, I would have stayed at Missouri forever. Green Bay represents the last mountain
to climb." Monday, that mountain came crashing down as Devine resigned after four turbulent seasons as
head coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers. But Devine found another mountain to climb
immediately, accepting a new job succeeding Ara Paraseghian as head coach at Notre Dame. The personal
and professional tragedy of a man who, at 46, had forsaken prestige and security as football coach, athletic
director and tenured professor at the University of Missouri to accept a new challenge might have been
anticipated Jan. 19, 1971. That was when Devine held his first news conference in his new position here.
And one of the first questions was how Devine would handle the inevitable comparisons between himself and
the late Vince Lombardi, whose Packers had won five National Football League titles in the 1960s. "I hope
you don't expect me to be someone else," Devine replied. "I'm not and I can't pretend that I am. I am not
Vince Lombardi and I'm not anybody else. I'm Dan Devine." To a football-mad fandom spoiled by past
success, that wasn't good enough. The most obvious reason was Lombardi's .766 winning percentage and
the loaded showcase of trophies that drew national attention to Green Bay, nicknamed by its proud citizens
Titletown U.S.A. Personality and background were other factors. Lombardi, thunderous of voice and
temperament, was a singularly commanding presence, just as his teams dominated professional football at
a time when the sport, in the opinion of many, rode the television boom to the status of national pastime. As
those who know him will attest, Devine's makeup includes an inner steel. Yet he is smallish, soft spoken,
almost professorial in manner—too unlike Lombardi, many said, to control a professional football team.
Besides, said his swelling legion of detractors, he was a college coach. Despite the success of Chuck
Fairbanks at New England and Don Goryell at St. Louis, many here maintain a college coach cannot win in
the National Football League. Lombardi was a god here. Devine, being human, made his share of errors.
Less than a month on the job, Devine heeded his assistants' advice not to draft Mel Gray, his former star at
Missouri. Gray was drafted by St. Louis and is one of the league's top receivers and kick returners. After
Bart Starr, Lombardi's brilliant quarterback of the 1960s, retired because of arm trouble, Devine was second
guessed for not drafting or trading for a top quarterback. He obtained the established John Hadl from Los
Angeles two months ago, but was second guessed for unloading five high draft choices in return. And when
the Packers won three games in a row with Hadl at quarterback, Devine was second guessed for not trading
for him earlier. One of Devine's first moves was to bench aging but lionized Ray Nitschke, once voted best
middle linebacker of the NFL's first 50 years. Nitschke's successor, Jim Carter, still is subjected to frequent
booing. Don Woods, a sixth round draft choice last January, was cut by Devine in September. Signed by
San Diego for $100 a few days later, Woods rushed for more than 1,000 yards this season. Only 11 players
remain from the 1970 team Devine inherited, and the housecleaning yielded its share of dividends. Devine
traded quarterback Don Horn, who never has come close to approaching his early promise. The Packers
wound up with Alden Roche, voted their best defensive player in 1971, and John Brockington, who rushed for
more than 1,000 yards each of his first three seasons. Devine solved a four-year placekicking problem by
drafting Chester Marcol, who won the NFL scoring title as a rookie. Willie Buchanon, drafted the same year,
is one of the league's premier cornerbacks. The grumbling began when Devine's first team went 4-8-2,
subsided when the 1972 Packers surprised by winning a division title and resumed when they lost to
Washington in the playoffs. It intensified last year when they slipped to 5-7-2, but the Packer executive committee
decided to retain Devine for the fourth year of his five year contract. Devine promised a championship in 1974, but
off-field turmoil and distractions commanded almost as much attention as the team itself Bitterness and
divisiveness caused by the NFL players' strike increased with arrests of 20 striking players, most of them Packers
 outside Lambeau Field prior to an exhibition scrimmage July 25. An anti-Devine clique among the assistant
coaches became common knowledge. A national magazine reported Devine and his family had been subjected to
vicious personal abuse. The three game winning streak engineered by Hadl evoked faint playoff hopes, which
vanished in a 36-14 defeat at Philadelphia Dec. 1 when the Packers fumbled eight times. After a 7-6 loss at San
Francisco the next week, club president Dominic Olejniczak said Devine's status would be reviewed after the
season. As the end of the line grew apparent, it was learned Devine had submitted his resignation, but was
refused, after the 1972 division title. Some believe the disclosure was planted in a move to stir sympathy for 
Bart Starr Named Head Coach (December 24, 1974)
GREEN BAY - Bart Starr, who as a quarterback led the Green Bay Packers to the glory of five National Football League championships, returned to the club today as its new coach and general manager. He, like two others before him, will try to fill the shoes of the late Vince Lombardi, the hard-driving coach who turned Starr and the rest of the Packers of the 1960s into relentless winners. But apparently unlike Phil Bengston and Dan Devine, who proceeded him in Lombardi's shadow, Starr, a legend here, will have the unrestrained support of the fanatic Green Bay fans. Starr, quiet and religious and a student of the game, seems poles apart from Lombardi, a fierce, inspirational leader. But the football hero turned businessman and television commentator cautions that there is more to him than meets the eye. "On a football field I'll cut your heart out," he said recently, but with a smile. And he added the greatest lesson he had learned from Lombardi: "He told us: The quality of a man's life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence no matter what his chosen field of endeavor." Starr's pursuit of excellence may take a different route than Lombardi's, but he has pursued it nonetheless. He was Green Bay's 17th-round draft choice in 1956, and was on the bench when Lombardi arrived in 1959. But by the end of that season, Starr had become the Packers' starting quarterback. He held the position through 1971 until arm and shoulder injuries forced him to retire as a player. But he remained with the club for one season as quarterback coach, when Green Bay was 10-4 and won a division title. It was one of only two winning seasons for the Packers after Lombardi left, but Starr, characteristically, refused any credit. When he left football to pursue business interests in Wisconsin and Alabama, the Packers fell to 5-7-2 and 6-8 marks, setting the stage for last week's resignation and move to Notre Dame by Devine. Starr, always unobtrusive and noncommittal, had remained in the background as Devine tried to weather the storm in Green Bay. He also rejected offers to coach elsewhere in the NFL, biding his time until the time was right in Green Bay. He said recently his interest in the Green Bay job represented an emotional attachment to the Packers. The attachment developed as he guided the club to five NFL titles and victories in the first two Super Bowls. Starr was named most valuable player in both Super Bowls. He completed a league record 57.4 per cent of his passes during a 16-year career. But perhaps his most famous touchdown was on the ground, a quarterback sneak in bitter subzero cold to give Green Bay a last-second victory over Dallas in the 1967 NFL title game; Bart Starr, who made his own way despite the enormous presence of Lombardi in the 1960s, now has an opportunity to repeat the performance in the 1970s. Titletown USA, Green Bay, Wis., has its wish. And so does Bart Starr.
Ron Acks            52   LB 6- 2 225 Illinois         1  7 29 13 1974 FA-New England
Mike Basinger       71   DE 6- 3 258 Cal-Riverside    1  1 22  1 1974 FA
John Brockington    42   RB 6- 1 225 Ohio State       4  4 25 14 1971 Draft-1st round
Aaron Brown         74   DE 6- 5 270 Minnesota        2  8 30  2 1973 Trade-Kan City
Willie Buchanon     28   CB 6- 0 190 San Diego State  3  3 23 14 1972 Draft-1st round
Fred Carr           53   LB 6- 5 240 Texas-El Paso    7  7 28 14 1968 Draft-1st round
Jim Carter          50   LB 6- 3 245 Minnesota        5  5 25 14 1970 Draft-3rd round
Jack Concannon      10   QB 6- 3 200 Boston College   1  9 31 14 1974 Trade-Dallas
Mark Cooney         58   LB 6- 4 222 Colorado         1  1 23 13 1974 Draft-16th round
Mike Donohoe        86   TE 6- 3 230 San Francisco    2  5 29 14 1973 FA-Atl (1971)
Ken Ellis           48   CB 5-10 195 Southern         5  5 26 14 1970 Draft-4th round
Mike Fanucci        71   DE 6- 4 242 Arizona State    1  3 24 13 1974 FA-Hou (1973)
Gale Gillingham     68    G 6- 3 265 Minnesota        9  9 30 14 1966 Draft-1st round
Les Goodman         25   RB 5-11 206 Yankton          2  2 24 13 1973 FA
John Hadl           12   QB 6- 1 214 Kansas           1 13 34  7 1974 Trade-L. Angeles
Charlie Hall        21   CB 6- 1 190 Pittsburgh       4  4 26 13 1971 Draft-3rd round
Larry Hefner        51   LB 6- 2 230 Clemson          3  3 25 14 1972 Draft-14th round
Ted Hendricks       56   LB 6- 7 220 Miami            1  6 26 14 1974 Trade-Baltimore
Jim Hill            39    S 6- 2 195 Texas A&I        3  6 27 14 1972 Trade-San Diego
Dick Himes          72    T 6- 4 260 Ohio State       7  7 28 14 1968 Draft-3rd round
Noel Jenke          55   LB 6- 1 225 Minnesota        2  4 26  8 1973 FA-Atl (1972)
Larry Krause        30   RB 6- 0 208 St. Norbert      3  3 25 14 1970 Draft-17th round
MacArthur Lane      36   RB 6- 1 220 Utah State       3  7 32 14 1972 Trade-St. Louis
Charlie Leigh       23   RB 5-11 206 No College       1  6 28 12 1974 FA-Miami
Bill Lueck          62    G 6- 3 235 Arizona          7  7 28  9 1968 Draft-1st round
Chester Marcol      13    K 6- 0 190 Hillsdale        3  3 24 14 1972 Draft-2nd round
Dave Mason          43   DB 6- 0 195 Nebraska         1  2 24 12 1974 FA-NE (1973)
Al Matthews         29   DB 5-11 190 Texas A&I        5  5 26 14 1970 Draft-2nd round
Larry McCarren      54    C 6- 3 240 Illinois         2  2 22 14 1973 Draft-12th round
Mike McCoy          76   DT 6- 5 285 Notre Dame       5  5 25 14 1970 Draft-1st round
Rich McGeorge       81   TE 6- 4 230 Elon             5  5 25 14 1970 Draft-1st round
Lee Nystrom         70    T 6- 5 258 Macalester       1  1 22 13 1974 FA
Steve Odom          84   WR 6- 4 230 Utah             1  1 21 14 1974 Draft-5th round
Steve Okoniewski    73   DT 6- 4 252 Montana          1  3 25 14 1974 Trade-Buffalo
Ken Payne           85   WR 6- 1 185 Langston         1  1 23 12 1974 Draft-6th round
Dave Pureifory      75   DE 6- 1 250 E. Michigan      3  3 25 13 1972 Draft-6th round
Alden Roche         87   DE 6- 4 255 Southern         4  5 29 14 1971 Trade-Denver
John Schmitt        52    C 6- 4 250 Hofstra          1 11 31 14 1974 Trade-NY Jets
Harry Schuh         79    T 6- 3 260 Memphis State    1 10 32 14 1974 Trade-L. Angeles
JAN 29 - Traded WR Dick Gordon to NEW ENGLAND for TE John Mosier
JUL 20 - Traded a 1975 5th-round draft choice to DALLAS for QB Jack Concannon
JUL 29 - Traded QB Scott Hunter to BUFFALO for DT Steve Okoniewski and RB Pete Van Valkenburg
AUG 13 - Traded LB Tom MacLeod and a 1975 8th-round draft choice to BALTIMORE for LB Ted Hendricks and a 1975 2nd-round draft choice
AUG 19 - Waived WR Randy Woodfield (17th round), S Randy Richardson, DE Randy Nelson and LB Steve Schreiber. TE Bill Farrell and S Ned Guillet (8th round) left camp
AUG 28 - Traded a 1975 6th-round draft choice to LOS ANGELES for OT Harry Schuh
SEPT 2 - Released RB Garyion Dunlap, RB James Lewis, DB Zaven Yaralian, DB Harold Ebow, DB Bruce Harms, C Mikel Irons, TE Dave Wheeler, DL Steve Spiro, DL Carl McElroy, DL Andy Neloms (14th round) and K Clark Sholt (70 players)
SEPT 3 - Traded an undisclosed draft choice to NEW YORK JETS for C John Schmitt
SEPT 4 - Acquired S Dave Mason from NEW ENGLAND for undisclosed draft choice
SEPT 5 - Traded DT Bob Brown to SAN DIEGO for a 1975 3rd-round draft choice
SEPT 8 - Placed LB Tom Toner on injured reserve. Placed OT Bill Hayhoe and OT Dick Himes on inactive list. Released WR-P Paul Staroba, QB John Cherry, OG Gary Cox, DE Doug Troszak (1oth round) and DB Paul Metallo (62 players)
SEPT 9 - Traded a 1976 3rd-round draft choice to PITTSBURGH for OG Bruce Van Dyke. Waived C Cal Withrow, C Charlie Tiblom and WR Robert Stark. Placed OL Bart Purvis (7th round) and OL Dave Wannstedt (15th round) on injured reserve (60 players)
SEPT 10 - Traded QB Jim Del Gaizo to NEW YORK GIANTS for a 1976 3rd-round draft choiceTraded a 1976 3rd-round draft choice (acquired from the New York Giants) to KANSAS CITY for QB Dean Carlson. Placed C Ken Bowman, LB Monte Doris (8th round) and WR Tyrone Byrd on injured reserve. Waived RB Hise Austin, OT Kent Branstetter, RB Don Woods (6th round), TE Brent Longwell and RB Perry Williams
SEPT 11 - SAN DIEGO claimed RB Don Woods off waivers.
SEPT 12 - Waived DB Dave Mason. Placed LB Noel Jenke on injured reserve. Recalled QB Charlie Napier from waivers and placed him on injured reserve (47 players)
SEPT 18 - Placed OT Bill Hayhoe on injured reserve. Claimed LB Ron Acks off waivers from NEW ENGLAND. Released WR Bob Wicks and OL Mike Pasinger. Claimed DT Mike Fanucci off waivers from HOUSTON. Claimed DB Dave Mason off waivers
SEPT 26 - Claimed RB Charlie Leigh off waivers from MIAMI. Placed OG Bruce Van Dyke on injured reserve
OCT 22 - Traded a 1975 1st-round draft choice, a 1975 2nd-round draft choice, a 1975 3rd-round draft choice, a 1976 1st-round draft choice and a 1976 2nd-round draft choice to LOS ANGELES for QB John Hadl
Dan Devine's exit following the completion of the 1974 season was similar in at least one way to his coaching debut in 1971 - it came with a suprise. Devine, realizing he was losing
support with the team's executive committee as another unsuccessful season ended, put out feelers in a search for other positions.He met with an official Notre Dame prior to a
season-ending loss in Atlanta, then demanded to know his status with the Packers upon his return. He met with Packers president Dominic Olejniczak Sunday night following the game.
The next day, Devine resigned before any determination had been made as to whether or not he would return for the fifth and final year of his contract. The man who broke his leg in the
first game as Packers coach also announced he was leaving to become the head coach at Notre Dame. "I want to than the Green Bay Packers for giving me an opportunity to coach here
for the last four years," Devine said at a farewell press conference. "And, particularly, I want to thank the players who never gave up." Throughout his tenure, Devine struggled to find a
reliable quarterback. The situation worsened in 1974. For the first time in 51 years, Packers' passers threw just one touchdown in the first seven games. Devine, who had given up two
2nd-round draft choices for Jim Del Gaizo in 1973 and a fifth-round selection for Jack Concannon in July, pulled out all the stops. He traded two first-round picks (1975 and 1976), two
second-round choices (1975 and 1976) and a third rounder (1975) to the Los Angeles Rams for 34-year old John Hadl. Hadl threw all of three touchdown passes in the final seven
games, and the team's record in that span (3-4) was no better than it had been in the opening seven weeks. For the second year in a row, Green Bay (6-8) finished ahead of only Chicago
in the NFC Central Division.
The John Hadl trade will go down as one of the worst in Packers history, if not in the entire history of the NFL. Green Bay mortgaged its future for a 34-year old quarterback who had
benched two weeks prior after performing dismally against, ironically, the Packers. BUT if not a twist of fate in Atlanta, the Packers fortunes may have been vastly different.  After watching
Jerry Tagge stumble as a starter, going 3-3, head coach Dan Devine knew his future with the Packers was in doubt. Jack Concannon was not the answer, so Devine began to fish
around the NFL looking for a trading partner. In New Orleans, 25-year old Archie Manning had fallen out of favor with the franchise. The second pick overall in the 1971 draft, Manning
had led 11-28-3 record as a starter before losing the job to Bobby Scott in Week Six. Bobby Scott, who was in his second season, was given the job against the Falcons by head coach
John North. Scott would toss a touchdown pass in the 13-3 New Orleans win before going down with a knee injury. North turned to Larry Cipa instead of Manning, and it appeared more
and more likely the Packers would be able to consumate the deal with the Saints. Devine had tried to work a deal with Dallas for31-year-old Craig Morton. Since Morton had mostly
been a backup to first Don Meredith and then Roger Staubach since entering the league in 1965 and since he had signed a futures contract with the WFL, Devine, who desperately
wanted an established starter, did not pull the trigger on the deal. Ironically, Morton would be traded to the Giants for a 1975 first-round draft choice on the same day the Packers acquired
Hadl and would go to lead the Broncos to the Super Bowl as a starter in 1977. Devine had apparently agreed to a tentative trade the previous week to bring Manning to Green Bay, after the
Saints had also talked to the Rams, Giants and 49ers.  After seeing Scott go down, and realizing that Cipa, a rookie from Michigan, was not the answer, North pulled back from the
Manning deal and would start the fallen star for the remainder of the season. Devine was left with really one choice...and made the fateful call to the Los Angeles Rams.
Barry Smith         80   WR 6- 1 190 Florida State    2  2 23 14 1973 Draft-1st round
Barty Smith         33   FB 6- 3 240 Richmond         1  1 22  8 1974 Draft-1st round
Perry Smith         45   CB 6- 1 195 Colorado State   2  2 23 12 1973 FA-Oakland
Malcolm Snider      67    G 6- 4 250 Stanford         3  6 27 14 1972 Trade-Atlanta
Jon Staggers        22   WR 5-10 180 Missouri         3  5 25 14 1972 FA-Pitt (1971)
Jerry Tagge         17   QB 6- 2 215 Nebraska         3  3 24  6 1972 Draft-1st round
Eric Torkelson      26   RB 6- 2 194 Connecticut      1  1 22 14 1974 Draft-11th round
Bruce Van Dyke      61    G 6- 2 255 Missouri         1  9 30  1 1974 Trade-Pittsburgh
Pete Van Valkenberg 40   RB 6- 2 205 BYU              1  2 24  6 1974 Trade-Buffalo
Carl Wafer          78    T 6- 3 250 Tennessee State  1  1 23  1 1974 FA
Randy Walker        18    P 5-10 177 NW State (LA)    1  1 23 14 1974 Draft-12th round
Bob Wicks           49   WR 6- 3 205 Utah State       1  2 24  1 1974 FA-STL (1972)
Clarence Williams   83   DE 6- 5 255 Prairie View     5  5 27 14 1970 Trade-Dallas
Keith Wortman       65    G 6- 2 250 Nebraska         3  3 24 12 1972 Draft-10th round
NO - Jersey Number POS - Position HGT - Height WGT - Weight YR - Years with Packers PR - Years of  Professional Football AGE - Age on September 1 G - Games  Played FA - Free Agent
1974 PACKERS DRAFT (January 29-30, 1974)
1  -  12 Barty Smith          RB Richmond             
2  -  38 Traded to Miami for Jim Del Gaizo
3  -  54 Traded to San Diego for Jim Hill
4  -  90 Traded to San Francisco for Al Randolph
5  - 116 Steve Odom           WR Utah
6a - 134 Don Woods (A)        RB New Mexico
6b - 142 Ken Payne            WR Langston
7  - 168 Bart Purvis          OT Maryland
8a - 194 Monte Doris          LB Southern California
8b - 200 Ned Guillet (B)       S Boston College
9  - 220 Harold Holton        OG Texas-El Paso 
10 - 246 Doug Troszak         DT Michigan 
11 - 272 Eric Torkelson       RB Connecticut 
12 - 298 Randy Walker          P NW State 
13 - 324 Emanuel Armstrong    LB San Jose St
14 - 350 Andy Neloms          DT Kentucky St
15 - 376 Dave Wannstedt        T Pittsburgh 
16 - 402 Mark Cooney          LB Colorado 
17 - 428 Randy Woodfield      WR Portland St
A - Acquired from Chicago for the rights to Zeke Bratkowski  B - Acquired from Atlanta through New Orleans for Len Garrett Bold - Played for the Green Bay Packers
AUGUST (3-2)                            RESULT      RECORD    ATT STARTING QB              LEADING RUSHER              LEADING PASSER              LEADING RECEIVER
2  at Buffalo Bills                    W 16-13      1- 0-0 30,119 Jerry Tagge              Eric Torkelson (43)         Jerry Tagge (72)            Steve Odom (2-52)
10 M-ST. LOUIS CARDINALS               W 13- 0      2- 0-0 43,000 Jerry Tagge              Don Woods (99)              Jerry Tagge (101)           Ken Payne (4-52)
17 G-CHICAGO BEARS                     W 20-10      3- 0-0 53,106 Jerry Tagge              Les Goodman (44)            Jerry Tagge (141)           Barry Smith (2-40)
24 G-DENVER BRONCOS                    L 21-31      3- 1-0 56,267 Jerry Tagge              MacArthur Lane (22)         Jack Concannon (108)        Steve Odom (4-33)
30 at Miami Dolphins                   L 10-21      3- 2-0 54,666 Jack Concannon           MacArthur Lane (33)         Jack Concannon (106)        MacArthur Lane (3-18)
6  M-CINCINNATI BENGALS                W 26-24      4- 2-0 46,605 Jerry Tagge              John Brockington (47)       Jerry Tagge (151)           Jon Staggers (6-60)
15 G-MINNESOTA VIKINGS (0-0)           L 17-32      0- 1-0 55,131 Jerry Tagge              John Brockington (53)       Jerry Tagge (102)           Barry Smith (2-29)
22 at Baltimore Colts (0-1)            W 20-13      1- 1-0 35,873 Jerry Tagge              MacArthur Lane (36)         Jerry Tagge (109)           Jon Staggers (3-52)
29 M-DETROIT LIONS (0-2)               W 21-19      2- 1-0 45,970 Jerry Tagge              Les Goodman (61)            Jerry Tagge (200)           John Brockington (5-45)
6  G-BUFFALO BILLS (2-1)               L  7-27      2- 2-0 51,919 Jerry Tagge              John Brockington (56)       Jerry Tagge (141)           MacArthur Lane (5-30)
13 M-LOS ANGELES RAMS (3-1)            W 17- 6      3- 2-0 45,938 Jerry Tagge              John Brockington (89)       Jerry Tagge (17)            Barry Smith (1-13)
21 at Chicago Bears (2-3)              L  9-10      3- 3-0 50,623 Jerry Tagge              John Brockington (31)       Jerry Tagge (140)           Jon Staggers (5-45)
27 at Detroit Lions (2-4)              L 17-19      3- 4-0 51,775 Jack Concannon           John Brockington (53)       Jack Concannon (237)        Jon Staggers (6-82)
3  G-WASHINGTON REDSKINS (4-3)         L  6-17      3- 5-0 55,288 Jack Concannon           John Brockington (78)       John Hadl (99)              John Brockington (6-25)
10 M-CHICAGO BEARS (3-5)               W 20- 3      4- 5-0 46,567 John Hadl                John Brockington (60)       John Hadl (119)             Jon Staggers (2-72)
17 at Minnesota Vikings (7-2)          W 19- 7      5- 5-0 47,924 John Hadl                John Brockington (137)      John Hadl (199)             John Brockington (3-66)
24 G-SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (3-7)          W 34- 0      6- 5-0 50,321 John Hadl                John Brockington (34)       John Hadl (157)             Jon Staggers (6-80)
1  at Philadelphia Eagles (4-7)        L 14-36      6- 6-0 42,030 John Hadl                John Brockington (50)       John Hadl (237)             Rich McGeorge (4-99)
8  at San Francisco 49ers (4-8)        L  6- 7      6- 7-0 47,475 John Hadl                John Brockington (92)       John Hadl (123)             MacArthur Lane (5-32)
15 at Atlanta Falcons (2-11)           L  3-10      6- 8-0 10,020 John Hadl                John Brockington (65)       John Hadl (128)             John Brockington (5-17)
G - Green Bay M - Milwaukee
The pictures below are from the September 29, 1974 game program — which had the Lions taking on the Packers in Milwaukee’s County Stadium. (Credit - Packerville, USA)
Football’s Greatest Coach: Vince Lombardi (1974): This book was published four years after his death, and interestingly, it shows the coach on the cover in a Washington Redskins cap. While he finished his career with one year in the nation’s capitol (1969), he wouldn’t be remembered by the rest of the nation as being associated with anything else but his five-time world champion Green Bay Packers. As the back cover states: “From high school playing star to all-star coach, here’s his fantastic life story. Young fan or old, you’ll love every exciting word of it.” (CREDIT: Packerville, USA for more pictures and content)
I'D RATHER BE WRIGHT (1974): “Steve Wright played ball for Bear Bryant at ’Bama, for Lombardi at Green Bay, with Sonny Jurgensen of the Redskins, et al. He wasn't in a glamour position; as an offensive linesman, he had a fly-on-the-wall look at the pro football world of the late 60s and early 70s. I’d Rather Be Wright reads like a real version of the already realistic Peter Gent novels. If you want your athletes on pedestals, skip this book — but if you want to read about the real blood, sweat, booze, broads, pills, and road life from an earlier era of pro ball written by a guy with a wry self-knowledge and affection for the whole game, in spite of/because of everything — then this is for you.” — Publisher’s book description  (CREDIT: Packerville, USA for more pictures and content)
The 1974 Green Bay Packers - 6-8 (3rd-NFC Central)
Head Coach: Dan Devine