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Closing the Gap

Lombardi, the Packers Dynasty, and the Pursuit of Excellence

Closing the Gap by Willie Davis
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Describing how NFL great Willie Davis helped define the hard-nosed, in-your-face defense of the original football dynasty, the 1960s Green Bay Packers, this revealing autobiography also illustrates his persona off the field—humble yet ambitious, with an infectious smile and a reputation of strict discipline that matched his leadership mentality. The book recounts the competitor as one of the game’s strongest, quickest, and most agile defensive linemen in his time, showcasing a team captain who led the Green and Gold to five championships and earned a bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Distinguished from many other athletes of his generation, Davis's success continued well after he took off his pads. His reputation as one of the most respected businessmen in America is discussed, including his time serving on the board of directors for Fortune 500 companies, taking part in various foundations, and speaking to audiences of all ages about his experiences. From growing up in a poor, segregated small town in the South to the intense pressure he endured as a college athlete contemplating his future, this evocation pays homage to a man who has worked hard to achieve all that he has, always appreciating the fruits of his labors with care, respect, and devout passion.

Triumph Books; September 2012
416 pages; ISBN 9781617499746
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Title: Closing the Gap
Author: Willie Davis; Jim Martyka; Andrea Erickson Davis; Bart Starr
 
ISBNs
1617499765
9781600787263
9781617499746
9781617499753
9781617499760