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America's game : the NFL at 100
2019
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The best-selling authors of 50 Years, 50 Moments celebrate the first 100 years of the National Football League, interweaving history, personal stories, and observations by leading contributors to chronicle the NFL’s rise to a multi-billion-dollar brand. 100,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)

A celebration of 100 years of the NFL from Hall of Fame receiver and bestselling author Jerry Rice!

&;This book is an amazing compilation of the game&;s history as seen through the eyes of my friend Jerry Rice, aka The GOAT. You are going to love this book almost as much as you loved watching Jerry play!&; &;Barry Sanders, NFL Hall of Fame Class of 2004

The authors of the New York Times bestseller 50 Years, 50 Moments celebrate the first 100 years of the National Football League, interweaving history, personal stories, memories, and observations of some of its greatest players, coaches, and advocates to chronicle football&;s amazing evolution from a fledgling regional fly-by-night operation into a multi-billion global brand and one of America&;s leading franchises.

Over the past century, professional football has transformed from a game played in leather helmets on cow pastures to one of the most high-tech, popular sports on the planet. In this entertaining and concise history, Jerry Rice and Randy O. Williams celebrate the NFL&;s centennial, bringing together colorful memories, insights, and personal experiences and observations from the heroes, losers, innovators, and defining legends who have played the game at its highest level. America's Game is filled with inside stories of the league&;s fiercest rivalries, closest competitions, and most memorable characters, from the early days of Red &;The Galloping Ghost&; Grange and &;Slingin&;&; Sammy Baugh to Jim Brown and &;Broadway&; Joe Namath to Lawrence Taylor, Jerry Rice, and Tom Brady.

Cowboy fans will never forget how Roger Staubach&;s Hail Mary lifted his team to a last-second playoff victory over the Vikings. Patriot followers will always point to The Tuck Rule Game as a franchise landmark where Adam Vinatieri&;s two clutch kicks in deep snow propelled his team to victory over the Raiders. Generations of Steelers fans will celebrate James Harrison&;s electrifying 100&;yard interception return for a touchdown in Super Bowl XLIII. All are among the most memorable moments in NFL history. Divided by increments of twenty-five years, each section of America's Game includes the authors&; selections for their &;All Star&; players and teams.

America's Game is a unique tribute to this enduring cultural phenomenon, and will become the authoritative tribute to all that is great about the sport Americans&;and the world&;loves.

- (HARPERCOLL)

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Booklist Reviews

Jerry Rice is arguably the NFL's greatest receiver of all time. In 2015, he and Randy O. Williams coauthored 50 Years, 50 Moments, an entertaining history of the first 50 Super Bowls. This follow-up offers a cleverly organized overview of the NFL's first 100 years. It's broken down into four quarters, like an NFL game. Each 25-year period features profiles of the era's greatest players, coaches, and trends. There are also sidebars in which the authors focus on a particular trend. The first quarter also includes a chapter on the evolution of equipment, from leather helmets to more-solid headgear and face masks, allowing players to keep most of their teeth. There's a great chapter on the evolution of placekicking, from the days of the 16-man rosters, when somebody had to do it, to the introduction of the modern sidewinder, a variation of soccer's free kick. It's a daunting task to compress 100 years of history into just under 500 pages with any coherency, but Rice and Williams manage the task ably. It's a fun read and very informative, nicely augmented by black-and-white and color photos. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Publishers Weekly Reviews

Pro football superstar Rice and sportswriter Williams (coauthors, 50 Years, 50 Moments: The Most Unforgettable Plays in Super Bowl History)fumble with this poorly organized overview of NFL history. The objective is a worthy one—to provide an accessible look at a century of the NFL and introduce present-day fans to the origins of professional football and the significant players, coaches, and owners from its past. The authors divide their timeline into four quarters and insert sections on random topics throughout regardless of era: a history of quarterbacks, for instance, features Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in the second quarter (1945–1969). Topical issues—such as violence by players (an attack by Charlie Waters on fans who'd thrown a beer bottle at his teammate is treated as a joke) and concussions—are superficially covered. The authors claim Otto Graham to be the greatest quarterback in history, yet omit him from their choices for the roster of best of his time. Don Shula manages to be named best coach for both the third and fourth quarters of the NFL's history, despite his retirement from coaching the Miami Dolphins in 1995, just when that last quarter began, and during the trophy-laden career of the New England Patriots' Bill Belichick. This is a missed opportunity likely to disappoint both serious and casual fans. (Oct.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xii
PART ONE First Quarter (1920--1944)
Chapter One Becoming America's Game
2(5)
Chapter Two The NFL Kicks Off
7(12)
Chapter Three Seeing Stars
19(7)
Chapter Four Head and Shoulders
26(9)
Chapter Five Indians and Eskimos
35(6)
Chapter Six Sneakers, Slaughters, and Going Inside
41(6)
Chapter Seven The Pick `em Game
47(15)
Chapter Eight The Chess Masters: First Quarter
62(8)
Chapter Nine The Early Dynasties
70(7)
Chapter Ten Thursday's Feast
77(8)
Chapter Eleven Uncle Sam's Team
85(6)
THE FIRST QUARTER ALL-TIME TEAM
91(3)
PART TWO Second Quarter (1945--1969)
Chapter Twelve A More Colorful Game, a Better Game
94(14)
Chapter Thirteen Otto-Matic
108(9)
Chapter Fourteen Becoming More Than a Signal Caller
117(26)
Chapter Fifteen Taking Flight
143(18)
Chapter Sixteen Lamar Hunt: A Cornerstone of the NFL's Mount Rushmore
161(6)
Chapter Seventeen The Long Shots
167(12)
Chapter Eighteen The Great Sports Marriage
179(12)
Chapter Nineteen The Chess Masters: Second Quarter
191(17)
Chapter Twenty Working Out the Kinks
208(16)
Chapter Twenty-One Overtime, Ice, and Heidi
224(10)
Chapter Twenty-Two The Pivotal Game
234(6)
THE SECOND QUARTER ALL-TIME TEAM
240(2)
PART THREE Third Quarter (1970--1994)
Chapter Twenty-Three Bad Blood
242(16)
Chapter Twenty-Four Prime Time
258(13)
Chapter Twenty-Five Dynasty
271(16)
Chapter Twenty-Six The One and Only
287(6)
Chapter Twenty-Seven The Workhorse
293(17)
Chapter Twenty-Eight D!
310(15)
Chapter Twenty-Nine A Job Fair Like No Other
325(7)
Chapter Thirty He's Got Character
332(16)
Chapter Thirty-One The Immaculate Reception, Hailing Mary, and the Epic
348(10)
Chapter Thirty-Two The Chess Masters: Third Quarter
358(14)
THE THIRD QUARTER ALL-TIME TEAM
372(2)
PART FOUR Fourth Quarter (1995--2019)
Chapter Thirty-Three Playhouse: From Rickety Venues to High-Tech Palaces
374(13)
Chapter Thirty-Four A Tuck, a Tackle, and a Miracle
387(7)
Chapter Thirty-Five They Wore Out the Chain Gang
394(19)
Chapter Thirty-Six The Chess Masters: Fourth Quarter
413(5)
Chapter Thirty-Seven The Intimidators
418(15)
Chapter Thirty-Eight The Foot in Football
433(11)
Chapter Thirty-Nine The Artistic Archivists
444(7)
Chapter Forty My Team
451(10)
Chapter Forty-One Now, That Was Super
461(21)
THE FOURTH QUARTER ALL-TIME TEAM
482(1)
Epilogue Overtime 483(10)
Notes 493(4)
Bibliography 497(4)
Index 501

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