By: William Povletich
On the field, legends like Don Hutson, Ray Nitschke, and Brett Favre made the Green Bay Packers into a professional football powerhouse. But the history of the NFL’s only small-town franchise is as much a story of business creativity as gridiron supremacy. Behind every Packer who became a legend on the field, there was an Andrew Turnbull, Dominic Olejniczak, or Bob Harlan, leaders whose dedication and creativity in preserving the franchise were unwavering.
Green Bay Packers: Trials, Triumphs, and Tradition
tells the improbable story of professional football’s most iconic team, and along the way gives a unique window into the rise of modern professional sports. As the NFL has evolved into a financial juggernaut, the Green Bay Packers, with more than 112,158 stockholders, stand alone as the only professional sports franchise owned by fans, thus providing the only public record of how a sports team is run.
Featuring more than 300 photographs, some never before seen, Green Bay Packers
illustrates how the most creative team in sports is also one of the most successful, with names like Lambeau, Canadeo, Lombardi, Hornung, Holmgren, and White leading the way to a league-best thirteen NFL titles and twenty-one Hall of Fame inductees.
Wisconsin native William Povletich is the author of Some Like It Cold: A Sheboygan Surfin’ Safari
(Clerisy Press, 2010), Milwaukee Braves: Heroes and Heartbreak
(Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2009), and Green Bay Packers: Legends in Green and Gold
(Arcadia Publishing, 2005) as well as many magazine articles on sports and entertainment. An Emmy Award–nominated and Peabody Award–winning documentary filmmaker whose works have received both international acclaim and audience success, he recently produced "Police Women of Broward County” for TLC, "Beach Patrol” for Court TV, and "A Braves New World” for Milwaukee Public Television. William lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife and two sons.
Published by The Wisconsin Historical Society Press
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