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Complete Conditioning for Football
Complete Conditioning for Football
Paperback      ISBN: 0880115211

During the past three decades the University of Nebraska football program has set the pace for successful conditioning. Now, two members of the Cornhuskers' strength and conditioning staff present the same program used by Nebraska to power its way to national championships.

The book includes 98 proven position-specific exercises that help players at all levels improve speed, agility, power, and endurance. The guide covers basic training principles of adaptation, specificity, overload, and periodization. It also lists which drills are beneficial for some players but not for others, and includes guidelines for proper rest and balanced nutrition.

The authors explain how to test and evaluate each player by position, using eight skills or factors that separate starters from second-stringers.

The book also includes:

- guidelines for 6 warm-up drills and 9 flexibility and mobility exercises,
- illustrated lifting technique for 37 strength training exercises,
- 26 speed drills for honing acceleration, and
- 58 agility drills that apply principles of acceleration.

The authors include a chapter with sample workouts for offensive linemen, defensive linemen, linebackers, running backs, receivers, and defensive backs. They also provide base, development, peak, and in-season training programs for beginning, intermediate, and advanced players.

Players and coaches alike will love the specific, detailed approach of Complete Conditioning for Football. Find out what's behind "Husker Power" by using the book to gain the performance edge.

America's Game: The NFL at 100
America's Game
The NFL at 100
Paperback      ISBN: 0062692917

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.

Winning Football
Winning Football
Paperback      ISBN: 0736086951

In Winning Football: The Guide to Championship Play, renowned coach Bill Ramseyer shares the expertise and insights that have guided his teams and players to success at every level of the sport. With instruction for every key technique and tactic, as well as accompanying drills and special tips for executing them when the game is on the line, you'll find all the tools you need to develop the skills, discipline, and consistency for winning football week after week.

Winning Football: The Guide to Championship Play covers both sides of the ball, special teams play, player development, and game planning. You'll learn how and when to use offensive formations such as the shotgun, single back, power I, and empty back as well as dominating defensive sets such as the 4-3, 3-4, nickel, and dime.

From assembling your staff to assigning player positions, this book provides you with the information, drills, and plays that will help you transform your team into a championship contender. Before you take to the sidelines, let Winning Football: The Guide to Championship Play give you the tools you need to bring home the wins

Love, Zac: Small-Town Football and the Life and Death of an American Boy
Love, Zac
Small-Town Football and the Life and Death of an American Boy
Hardcover      ISBN: 1616209089

"Love, Zac is not just a vital contribution to the national conversation about traumatic brain injury in athletes, it's so beautifully written it belongs on the shelf alongside classic works of literary journalism." --Jeanne Marie Laskas, New York Times bestselling author of Concussion

Zac Easter could be your neighbor, your classmate, your son.

In December 2015, Zac Easter, a twenty-four-year-old from small-town Iowa, decided to take his own life rather than continue his losing battle against the traumatic brain injuries he had sustained as a no-holds-barred high school football player.

For this deeply reported and powerfully moving true story, award-winning writer Reid Forgrave was given access to Zac's own diaries and was able to speak with Zac's family, friends, and coaches. He explores Zac's tight-knit, football-obsessed Midwestern community; he interviews leading brain scientists, psychologists, and sports historians; and he takes a deep dive into the triumphs and sins of the sports entertainment industry.

Forgrave shows us how football mirrors America, from the fighting spirit the game has helped inscribe in our national character to the side effects of the traditional notions of manhood that it affirms. But above all, Love, Zac is a warning to parents and those entrusted with the care of our kids not to ignore concussions and warning signs of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy). For parents struggling to decide whether to allow their kids to play football, this eye-opening, heart-wrenching, and ultimately inspiring story may be one of the most important books they will read.
Pigskin Pride: Celebrating a Century of Minnesota Football
Pigskin Pride
Celebrating a Century of Minnesota Football
Hardcover      ISBN: 0931714877

Minnesota√s football history comes to life like never before. The Vikings, the Gophers, the Tommies and more, this book is an entertaining collection of facts, stats, photos and memories. It includes pro, semi-pro, college and high school.

Bud: The Other Side of the Glacier
Bud
The Other Side of the Glacier
Hardcover      ISBN: 0060155833

Profiles the coach of the Minnesota Vikings from his early days as a high school star athlete through his career as a professional basketball and football player, to his posting as coach of the Minnesota Vikings

Things That Make White People Uncomfortable
Things That Make White People Uncomfortable
Hardcover      ISBN: 1608468933

A version for Young Adults is also available.

Michael Bennett is a Super Bowl Champion, a three-time Pro Bowl defensive end, a fearless activist, a feminist, a grassroots philanthropist, an organizer, and a change maker. He's also one of the most scathingly humorous athletes on the planet, and he wants to make you uncomfortable.

Bennett adds his unmistakable voice to discussions of racism and police violence, Black athletes and their relationship to powerful institutions like the NCAA and the NFL, the role of protest in history, and the responsibilities of athletes as role models to speak out against injustice. Following in the footsteps of activist-athletes from Muhammad Ali to Colin Kaepernick, Bennett demonstrates his outspoken leadership both on and off the field.

Written with award-winning sportswriter and author Dave Zirin, Things that Make White People Uncomfortable is a sports book for our turbulent times, a memoir, and a manifesto as hilarious and engaging as it is illuminating.

Running for My Life: My Journey in the Game of Football and Beyond
Running for My Life
My Journey in the Game of Football and Beyond
Paperback      ISBN: 0061432652

Pro Bowl star running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons, Warrick Dunn tells his extraordinary story in Running for My Life, a poignant and inspirational true tale of tragedy, success, depression, denial, and ultimately, hope. One of the most gifted players in the NFL, Dunn talks about his remarkable career and accomplishments while sharing the pain of his lifelong battle with depression, a result of losing his mother--a police officer killed while off-duty--when Dunn was 18 Thought-provoking and uplifting, Running for My Life is the story of an exceptional athlete's secret torment and inspiring courage.

Joe Kapp, the Toughest Chicano: A Life of Leadership
Joe Kapp, the Toughest Chicano
A Life of Leadership
Paperback      ISBN: 1634892895

Joe Kapp, "The Toughest Chicano" honors the life, leadership, and legacy of one of history's toughest football players.

The League: How Five Rivals Created the NFL and Launched a Sports Empire
The League
How Five Rivals Created the NFL and Launched a Sports Empire
Paperback      ISBN: 1541618645

The epic tale of the five owners who shepherded the NFL through its tumultuous early decades and built the most popular sport in America
The National Football League is a towering, distinctly American colossus spewing out $14 billion in annual revenue. But it was not always a success. In The League, John Eisenberg focuses on the pioneering sportsmen who kept the league alive in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, when its challenges were many and its survival was not guaranteed. At the time, college football, baseball, boxing, and horseracing dominated America's sports scene. Art Rooney, George Halas, Tim Mara, George Preston Marshall, and Bert Bell believed in pro football when few others did and ultimately succeeded only because at critical junctures each sacrificed the short-term success of his team for the longer-term good of the league.
At once a history of a sport and a remarkable story of business ingenuity, The League is an essential read for any fan of our true national pastime.