SI’s Bill Syken on Football’s Greatest (Win a Copy Here!)
Recently, we sat down with Sports Illustrated editor Bill Syken, who put together what is actually one hell of a coffee table book — Football’s Greatest. As you would expect (and would only be appropriate), the book has a heavy dose of the Green Bay Packers.
The book features top 10 lists of the greatest players by position, coaches, teams, games, stadiums, franchises and a whole hell of a lot more. As with any project like this, there’s bound to be debate and controversy. You can find out more about the lists and our main points of contention with them by listening to our interview with Bill.
Like, how the hell the 1962 Packers lost out to the ’85 Chicago Bears (and two other teams) in the list of the greatest teams ever. Preposterous! Or how the second-best quarterback in Packers history made the top 10 quarterbacks list, but the Packers best quarterback didn’t. Heresy!
Listen to the interview and then we’ll tell you how you can win a copy. You can find a list of Packers on the lists below.
Once you’ve given the interview a listen and heard all our gripes about the Football’s Greatest lists, tell us what your biggest complaint is and why. You don’t even have to agree with us.
Leave your answer in the comments below and consider yourself entered to win a copy of the book, which is hardcover, features classic SI photos and articles and retails for $32.95.
We’ll choose the most well-thought-out argument and send you a copy of Football’s Greatest.
Hurry up and do it though, because we’ll be choosing a winner on Nov. 20.
Alternatively, if you want to buy a copy (a great gift for just about any football fan) just click here.
Rankings (Packers player or team will be followed by those ranked ahead of him/them)
Quarterbacks: 9. Brett Favre (Joe Montana, Johnny Unitas, Tom Brady, Otto Graham, Peyton Manning, John Elway, Dan Marino, Sammy Baugh)
Wide receivers: 2. Don Hutson (Jerry Rice)
Offensive lineman: 3. Forrest Gregg (Anthony Munoz, John Hannah)
Defensive linemen: 1. Reggie White
Linebackers: 8. Ray Nitschke (Lawrence Taylor, Dick Butkus, Ray Lewis, Jack Lambert, Willie Lanier, Mike Singletary, Chuck Bednarik)
Defensive backs: 5. Charles Woodson (Ronnie Lott, Deion Sanders, Rod Woodson, Dick Lane)
Coach: 1. Vince Lombardi
Games: 3. Ice Bowl (1958 title game, 1981 AFC playoffs — Chargers/Dolphins)
Single-season teams: 4. 1962 Packers (’85 Bears, ’72 Dolphins, ’84 49ers) — ’66 Packers were No. 8
Stadiums: 1. Lambeau Field
Franchise: 1. Green Bay Packers
Rivalries: 1. Packers-Bears
Uniforms: 2. Packers (Raiders)
Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.