Reilly, Rick
October 1992
Sports Illustrated;10/22/92, Vol. 77 Issue 17, p104
In the long history of sneezes, the most disastrous, surely, was the one loosed on Dec. 31, 1967, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, from the crystallized nostrils of a long-forgotten Green Bay Packer lineman named Jerry Kramer. The sportswriters in the press box, trying to scrape the ice off the windows to see the play; the steaming breath of the linemen as they awaited the snap; quarterback Bart Starr of the Packers approaching the line, ready to bark the signal that would begin the play that would end the game one calamitous way or another; the unmistakable look on the granite face of Green Bay head coach Vince Lombardi--scared. Normally as conservative as a preacher, Lombardi risked it all on this play. Remarkably, Lombardi elected to try for the win, even though on first and second downs from the Dallas one, Green Bay halfback Donny Anderson had slipped for no gain.


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