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 "Closing The Gap: Lombardi, The Packers Dynasty, And The Pursuit of Excellence" (Triumph) 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' 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.
Willie Davis will conduct several book signings Saturday, Sept. 29, and Sunday, Sept. 30, in Green Bay.