Fast-paced, updated for 2015 and packed with more than 140 full-color action photos, Football Now celebrates more than 65 of the best current NFL players, and illustrates how each is a bona fide star in the world's greatest sports league.
Author Mike Ryan has selected the best players from each position on both sides of the ball. The profiles pop with life through his in-depth story telling and the breathtaking photos that showcase the awesome talent, grit and determination of these gridiron heroes.
Here are just some of the stars in Football Now
- Drew Brees
- Aaron Rodgers
- Peyton Manning
- Larry Fitzgerald
- Calvin Johnson
- Dez Bryant
- DeMarco Murray
- Marshawn Lynch
- Darren Sproles
- Devin Hester
- Joe Thomas
- Clay Matthews
- DeMarcus Ware
- Richard Sherman.
Football Now fourth edition is a must for every fan and is a smart choice for gift giving.
I had a hunch we'd be champions
The most unlikely story in the history of sport, told by our greatest football writer
On 25th March 2015, when King Richard III, recently rescued from a municipal car park, was reburied in Leicester Cathedral, his beloved football team had just lost 4-3 to Tottenham Hotspur and were bottom of the Premier League, relegation certainties. With King Richard finally at rest, everything changed for Leicester City.
Here, in his own words, King Richard III tells this, the most remarkable sporting story of all time - how 5,000-1 Premier League outsiders became champions: the goals, the games, the dressing-room banter. He gives us the Jamie Vardy story, from prosthetic-limb factory employee to the most celebrated striker this side of the River Soar; Mahrez, the great Muslim dynamo from Algeria, once stuck in the French seventh tier; the dark days of the sex video and the late December wobble; Lords Drinkwater, Albrighton and the great Tinkerman from Italy, all of them heroes of Shakespearean proportions.
This isn't a fairy-tale, this really happened. From the unsanctioned hand of a much-loved Royal, the greatest football book ever written.
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.
The University of Minnesota√s football history comes to life. Along with hundreds of photos, this book is full of timeless stories, historical facts and personable biographies, many from the stars themselves. This is a must-have for Gopher fans
Whether your team likes to run the ball, pass, or mix it up, AFCA's Offensive Football Drills can help you improve team and individual performance. The book features the best drills used by many of the country's top college and high school offensive teams. Choose from 75 individual and team drills to hone your players' offensive skills.
In his first full autobiography, Dick Butkus, the legendary linebacker of the Chicago Bears from 1965 to 1973, recounts his entire life story, from growing up in a blue-collar family on Chicago's South Side to his uncomfortable yet ultimately glorious years at the University of Illinois. He reveals what it felt like to be the ninth child of two hardworking Lithuanian parents - one was almost born in a coal mine, the other barely made it to America alive - and the camaraderie and contentment he experienced while playing football. He recalls historic seasons with the Bears in which he played with and against such immortals as Gale Sayers, Jim Brown, Brian Piccolo, Mike Ditka, Bart Starr, Paul Hornung, and Johnny Unitas; and he speaks about his up-and-down acting career, and the allure Hollywood offered following football.
Dick Butkus looks deeply into his own psyche to find the source of his passionate style of play - a style that has often been described as violence and intimidation on the football field. After years of silence, he opens up to reveal the negotiations and battles with George "Papa Bear" Halas, and he explains the circumstances that lead him to file suit against his beloved Chicago Bears.
After fifteen years as a Sports Illustrated writer, pleading for interviews with large men in possession of larger egos, Austin Murphy decides to bail out. The time has come, he concludes, to fly beneath the radar of big-league sports, to while away a season with the Johnnies. So, he moves his family to the middle of Minnesota to chronicle a season at St. John's, a Division III program that has reached unparalleled success under the unorthodox guidance of John "Gags" Gagliardi.
The Sweet Season is an account of what happens when a family pulls up stakes and spends months in a strange and wonderful place. It is also, not incidentally, the story of the most incredible football program in the country, run by a smiling sage who has forgotten more about the game than most of his peers will ever know.
Tony Dungy's words and example have intrigued millions of people, particularly following his victory in Super Bowl XLI, the first for an African American coach. How is it possible for a coach--especially a football coach--to win the respect of his players and lead them to the Super Bowl without the screaming histrionics, the profanities, and the demand that the sport come before anything else? How is it possible for anyone to be successful without compromising faith and family? In this inspiring and reflective memoir, now updated with a new chapter, Coach Dungy tells the story of a life lived for God and family--and challenges us all to redefine our ideas of what it means to succeed.
The softcover edition of this #1 New York Times best-seller includes a new chapter In it, Coach reflects on the 2007 football season and last year's successful hardcover release of Quiet Strength. Also features a foreword by Denzel Washington and a 16-page color-photo insert. Over 1 million in print
In the summer of 2016, the State of Minnesota and the Minnesota Vikings football team will unveil a new, state-of-the-art stadium in Minneapolis. More than a monument to football, U.S. Bank Stadium stands as a community space that hosts a range of events and activities, reinvigorating a long-neglected area of downtown.U.S. Bank Stadium provides a comprehensive inside look at all that went into building the largest construction project in state history--what makes it a distinctive football facility, and what it means for Minnesota. Author Steve Berg describes the complicated and controversial history and path to approval; the various design concepts and innovations; the many phases of construction; the stadium's place as a civic asset and its statewide legacy; and the full celebration of the facility's grand opening. The book features profiles of and interviews with the central figures in U.S. Bank Stadium's development, from architects and engineers to construction workers and groundskeepers, as well as players, fans, and community leaders. The book is heavily illustrated with design drawings and plans; construction photos chronicling everything from groundbreaking to opening day; detailed images of the stadium's features and amenities; behind-the-scenes shots of the stadium operation; and game-day photos of fans, players, vendors, and more.
Steve Berg is a freelance writer who spent more than three decades as a reporter and editorial writer for the Star Tribune. He is the author of Target Field: The New Home of the Minnesota Twins.