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October 21, 2007

Max McGee on Vince Lombardi (Quote of the Day)

Filed under: Quotes of the Day — 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom @ 5:38 pm
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Max McGee, the former Green Bay Packers receiver who died yesterday, remembers Vince Lombardi in Lombardi and Me: Players, Coaches, and Colleagues Talk About the Man and the Myth (Triumph, $14.95) by Paul Horning with Billy Reed:

“Vince wanted to embarrass you in front of all your teammates. He did me, because he knew that hurt me worse than anything …

“But Vince was about as smart as anybody who ever put on a coaching hat. One time before a big game, he told us that if anybody was caught sneaking out before the game it would cost him $5,000. And he looked at me and said, ‘McGee, let me tell you something — if you find somebody worth $5,000, let me me know — I want to go with you.’ That broke the tension. He could get you so wired before a game you almost couldn’t play …

“I announced that I was retiring after the first Super Bowl, and Vince came to me and said, ‘Maxie, I want you to come back next year. If a we get a young guy that we’re going to keep, I’ll keep you on as a coach.’ So the reason I came back is that I was going to be there one way or the other, either as a player or a coach.”

Lombardi and Me, reviewed on Nov. 28, was published in 2006 and has just been released in paperback

(c) 2007 Janice Harayda. All rights reserved.


  1. Thank you for posting this. I used to love to listen to Max do the commentary on Packer radio broadcasts. It was sad to hear about his accident. Both as a player and as an announcer, he was a classic.

    Comment by Jon — October 22, 2007 @ 12:57 am | Reply

  2. Really? He did commentary? I’ve always lived far from Packers territory, so I didn’t know that.

    Maybe someone will post snippets of McGee’s commentaries on YouTube or elsewhere? A lot of people might appreciate it … Thanks for letting all of us know.

    Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — October 22, 2007 @ 1:13 am | Reply

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