Untold Stories Highlight New Packers Book

Cheesehead TV had the chance to talk to the author of the new book "Pea Soup for the Packer Heart," a collection of untold tales about Green Bay, its team and its fans.

Never before heard stories from and about Green Bay Packers players and personalities are the highlight of a recently released Packers tribute book "Pea Soup For the Packer Heart" by Steve and Kathi Rose.

"Truthfully, I'd venture to guess 90% of the Packer stories in this book have never been heard before, which is a reason it's one-of-a-kind," said Rose.

A collection of short stories, "Pea Soup" relates narratives that are memorable for a variety of reasons. Some will make you laugh, some will make you misty-eyed, but all of them will make you proud to be a fan of Packers organization.

For the nostalgic fan that still enjoys reminiscing about Vince Lombardi and the Glory Years, they'll revel in tales about Bart Starr, Max McGee, Willie Wood and Jerry Kramer.

But the younger generation will be equally pleased with heart-warming accounts about current players like Aaron Rodgers, A.J. Hawk and Nick Barnett.

"'Pea Soup' shows the bond between the fan, the team and the town like no other Packer book ever written," said Steve Rose. "The helmets come off the current and former players during these stories to reveal the hearts of many green and gold teddy bears that've graced Lambeau Field over the years."

One of Rose's favorite stories has neither to do with the Lombardi-era Packers or the present-day team. Rather it's about "Little" Mike McCoy, a defensive back from the Bart Starr-coached years.

McCoy recounts being a rookie and getting angry at veteran teammate and fellow defensive back Willie Buchanon to the point that it might come down to fisticuffs.

Buchanon's "bodyguard," defensive lineman Dave Purifory, proceeded to put McCoy in his place, a story in which McCoy and Buchanon can laugh about even to this day.

But perhaps most interesting of all is the story from Packers fan Mike Janse who recounts the ball he recovered in 2000 from Arizona Cardinals safety Pat Tillman, who had intercepted a Brett Favre pass, returned it for a touchdown and threw the ball up into the Lambeau Field stands.

The rest, as they say, is history. Tillman died while serving his country in the war in Afghanistan and is a national hero. Efforts are now underway to get Brett Favre to sign the ball and get it put on display at the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, Oh.

The book can be bought through all the typical outlets, amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and book stores nationwide. However, author-autographed copies can be ordered online at the official book website, peasouppackerbook.com.

Upcoming book-signing events and charity fund raisers include an appearance at the Packer Pro Shop with A.J. Hawk on Friday Oct. 22. More dates can be found on the book's website.

Disclosure: Cheesehead TV received a complimentary copy of this book for review.

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Bill Utech's picture

October 06, 2010 at 06:23 pm

Wow glad to see you guys got a copy of this and listed it on your site. My dad works with Steve on a regular basis and helped him with this book a little bit and also works with Steve on some of his other doings.

Several months ago my dad was asking me if I knew anyone that would be able to contribute to this book and I had mentioned you guys to him and give him the web address. Didn't know of anything that became of it and from seeing this I am guessing that it could be possibly my lead that lead Steve to you Aaron and Corey.

Not trying to blow any smoke up my rear end, but wanted to say that I find your work outstanding and living in the Chicago area I actually look to you for all and any things Packers, keep of the great work!!

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John Gillespei's picture

October 07, 2010 at 02:29 pm

WOW! What a fun book to read with 80 or 90 peoples personal stories about the Packers. Thanks Steve Rose for taking the time to put this all together. John Gillespie

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Dan Kirk's picture

October 07, 2010 at 02:44 pm

Good Book! I've been reading a few stories and I've enjoyed them all. I especially like story number 30.
Reading on the can just doesn't get any better than the short stories in Pea Soup For The Packer Heart.
Thanks Steve Rose for putting this unique book together.
Go Pack!!

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Tim mcgray's picture

October 07, 2010 at 04:31 pm

Mr rose the "king" has done it again
This book is awesome. And so many packer fans will truly have a hard time putting this book down.
We all have packer stories and these are just a few that are shared.
A fantastic packer book
Oh yeah that little girl on the cover is kinda cute
Every packer fan needs this book in there collection.

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Tracey (McGray) Gross's picture

October 08, 2010 at 03:42 pm

I agree, the book is awesome. I think the "cutie pie" on the cover looks alot like her aunt!

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