EDITOR’S NOTE: On Wednesday, September 7th at 9pm/ET, NFLNetwork will premiere “America’s Game: The 2010 Green Bay Packers.” This will be the fourth “America’s Game” installment featuring a team from Titletown. This week, in preparation for the premiere, we’ll revisit the Packers’ championship stories of 1996, 1967 and here, 1966 – with help from the producers of those films.
- Featured Film: America’s Game – The Story of the 1966 Green Bay Packers as told by:
- Center Bill Curry
- Defensive End Willie Davis (HOF, 1981)
- Quarterback Bart Starr (HOF, 1977)
- Narrated by Faber College’s favorite Milton scholar, Professor Dave Jennings, aka, Donald Sutherland
- Produced in 2006 by NFL Films’ David Plaut, whose favorite moment in the film comes during Packers’ training camp when the veteran Willie Davis reaches out in friendship to frightened rookie Bill Curry. (see video below)
“My narration session for this film was a memorable experience,” Plaut said. “I produced three ‘America’s Game’ programs – my other narrators were Martin Sheen and Ed Harris. But Sutherland was the only talent who not only insisted on seeing the rough cut and unmixed audio beforehand, but also wanted it playing as he read the script in the recording session. Our voice-over session lasted more than 2 ½ hours. Donald is an absolute perfectionist and did numerous takes to get his reading to sound the best it could.”