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The Education of a Coach
The Education of a Coach
Paperback      ISBN: 1401308791

More than 6 years after his death David Halberstam remains one of this country's most respected journalists and revered authorities on American life and history in the years since WWII. A Pulitzer Prize-winner for his ground-breaking reporting on the Vietnam War, Halberstam wrote more than 20 books, almost all of them bestsellers. His work has stood the test of time and has become the standard by which all journalists measure themselves.

Bill Belichick's thirty-one years in the NFL have been marked by amazing success--most recently with the New England Patriots. In this groundbreaking book, The Education of a Coach, David Halberstam explores the nuances of both the game and the man behind it. He uncovers what makes Bill Belichick tick both on and off the field.

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.

50 Super Bowls: The Greatest Moments of the Biggest Game in Sports
50 Super Bowls
The Greatest Moments of the Biggest Game in Sports
Paperback      ISBN: 1770857710

From its inauspicious beginnings as "The First World Championship Game between the AFL and NFL" in 1967 to the raucous worldwide cultural event that was Super Bowl 50, Allan Maki and Dave Naylor count down the greatest moments in each staging of the first 50 Super Bowls.

Be it Joe Namath's guaranteed victory in Super Bowl III or the Miami Dolphins' perfect ending in Super Bowl VII or David Tyree's helmet catch in Super Bowl XLII, all the iconic moments are recounted here, and more

MVP performances and game-changing plays are all included in this action packed book, filled with photos, informative stat boxes and essays that deliver a complete picture of how the biggest game in sports played out, year by year.

One-name heroes like Brady, Montana and Bradshaw share top billing with lesser-known, big-time contributors, like: Max McGee, Timmy Smith and Rod Martin. And what compendium of Super Bowl stories would be complete without a mention of the media moments, famous commercials and controversial plays that sometimes shared center stage with the on-field heroics?

From the highest highs to the lowest lows, Maki and Naylor cover it all in 50 Super Bowls.

NFL Century: The One-Hundred-Year Rise of America's Greatest Sports League
NFL Century
The One-Hundred-Year Rise of America's Greatest Sports League
Hardcover      ISBN: 1635653592
From the former executive director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame comes a sweeping and lively history of the National Football League, timed to coincide with the NFL's 100th anniversary season.

"I can think of no one better qualified--or more enthusiastic--to chronicle the National Football League's century-long history than Joe Horrigan."--Marv Levy, Hall of Fame NFL coach

The NFL has come a long way from its founding in Canton, Ohio, in 1920. In the hundred years since that fateful day, football has become America's most popular and lucrative professional sport. The former scrappy upstart league that struggled to stay afloat has survived a host of challenges--the Great Depression and World War II, controversies and scandals, battles over labor rights and competition from rival leagues--to produce American icons like Vince Lombardi, Joe Montana, and Tom Brady. It is an extraordinary and entertaining history that could be told only by Joe Horrigan, former executive director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and perhaps the greatest living historian of the NFL, by drawing upon decades of NFL archives. Compelling, eye-opening, and authoritative, NFL Century is a must-read for NFL fans and anyone who loves the game of football.

Advance praise for NFL Century

"Joe Horrigan takes the reader on a delightful tour of the seminal moments of the NFL in the past one hundred years--the players, owners, coaches, executives, and historical events that made the game of football the most popular in America. It's a wonderful walk down memory lane for any football fan, young or old."--Michael Lombardi, author of Gridiron Genius

"There is no one--and I mean no one--who knows more about the history of the NFL than Joe Horrigan, the heart and soul of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. As the gold standard of sports leagues celebrates its one hundredth season, it's appropriate that the gold standard of sports historians has written NFL Century, an entertaining and educational journey."--Gary Myers, New York Times bestselling author of Brady vs Manning
Football's Greatest Stars
Football's Greatest Stars
Paperback      ISBN: 1770855955

"It's sure to be a hit with any gridiron fan."
--American Profile

"A superb book for fans and a compelling history of a great game."
--BookPage

At the heart of Football's Greatest Stars is author Allan Maki's picks for the 50 greatest and most exciting players in the history of professional football. They're all here: from the pioneers of the game to the current stars to the legends headed to the Hall of Fame. Exciting photographs show these past and present superstars in action, and 32 franchise profiles chart the league's rise to the top of professional sports.

This third edition also features a new chapter on the future greats currently rumbling on the field.

Some of the current NFL stars in this edition are:

  • Marshawn Lynch
  • Russell Wilson
  • Aaron Rodgers
  • Drew Brees
  • Larry Fitzgerald
  • Troy Polamalu
  • Antonio Gates
  • Darrelle Revis
  • Antonio Brown
  • Rob Gronkowski
  • Justin Smith
  • Andre Johnson
  • Terrell Suggs
  • Calvin Johnson
  • Joe Thomas
  • DeMarco Murray
  • DeMarcus Ware
  • J.J. Watt
  • Patrick Willis
  • Richard Sherman.

Allan Maki also examines the sport in two insightful essays: one on the National Football League's spectacular rise to prominence, and the other on the leading men and defining moments that have shaped the league.

Football's Greatest Stars is a must-read for anyone serious about football.

Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream
Friday Night Lights
A Town, a Team, and a Dream
Paperback      ISBN: 0306824205
Named Sports Illustrated's best football book of all time and a #1 NYT bestseller, this is the classic story of a high school football team whose win-loss record has a profound influence on the town around them.
Return once again to the timeless account of the Permian Panthers of Odessa -- the winningest high-school football team in Texas history. Socially and racially divided, Odessa isn't known to be a place big on dreams, but every Friday night from September to December, when the Panthers play football, dreams can come true.
With frankness and compassion, Pulitzer Prize winner H. G. Bissinger unforgettably captures a season in the life of Odessa and shows how single-minded devotion to the team shapes the community and inspires -- and sometimes shatters -- the teenagers who wear the Panthers' uniforms.
The inspiration for the hit television program and film of the same name, this anniversary edition features a new afterword by the author.
RG3: The Promise
RG3
The Promise
Hardcover      ISBN: 0399165452

He s been called many things Heisman Trophy winner, MVP, the savior of the Washington Redskins franchise, the next face of the NFL but to his millions of fans across the country, Robert Griffin III is known simply as RG3.
Robert Griffin III was a preternaturally gifted athlete from a young age, but in those days he played nearly every sport "except "football. He seemed pointed toward stardom, but would it be in basketball, his true favorite, or maybe in track, where he qualified for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials as a hurdler? As for playing football, the only sport that really mattered in Griffin s small Texas town, first he had to overcome his mother s objections to the violence and danger which he did by making a Pinkie Promise with her that no one would catch him. Eventually, he began to realize that all of his remarkable talents unrivaled speed, pinpoint accuracy, exceptional intelligence, single-minded drive combined into a potent force that few quarterbacks could rival. What followed seemed almost destined: a football scholarship to Baylor University, three exceptional seasons capped by winning the Heisman Trophy, and the 2012 draft where Griffin, as the second overall pick, became the franchise quarterback for one of the oldest and most storied football teams in the country.
In "RG3: The Promise," "Washington Post" reporter Dave Sheinin provides an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at Griffin s first year in the NFL, from his record-breaking first game to the frightening knee injury that ended the Redskins playoff hopes. An award-winning journalist himself, Sheinin has reported on Griffin s rookie season every step of the way, and now has written a unique, intimate look inside the transformation of one of the NFL s brightest young stars."

Counting the Days While My Mind Slips Away: A Love Letter to My Family
Counting the Days While My Mind Slips Away
A Love Letter to My Family
Hardcover      ISBN: 1501136607

"In this book, Ben doesn't allow injury, setbacks, and disappointments to define him. His faith and love for his family provide perspective in the midst of challenging circumstances." --Tony Dungy, Hall of Fame Coach and author of Quiet Strength

"I strongly encourage every parent, every child, and every person who plays or plans to play football and other high impact contact sports to read this book and become enlightened and empowered by Ben's powerful story." --Dr. Bennet Omalu, featured in the movie Concussion

After five major concussions, NFL tight-end Ben Utecht of the Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals is losing his memories. This is his powerful and emotional love letter to his wife and daughters--whom he someday may not recognize--and an inspiring message for all to live every moment fully.

Ben Utecht has accumulated a vast treasure of memories: tossing a football in the yard with his father, meeting his wife, with whom he'd build a loving partnership and bring four beautiful daughters into the world, writing and performing music, catching touchdown passes from quarterback Peyton Manning, and playing a Super Bowl Championship watched by ninety-three million people.

But the game he has built his living on, the game he fell in love with as a child, is taking its toll in a devastating way. After at least five major concussions--and an untold number of micro-concussions--Ben suffered multiple mild traumatic brain injuries that have erased important memories. Knowing that his wife and daughters could someday be beyond his reach and desperate for them to understand how much he loves them, he recorded his memories for them to hold on to after his essential self is gone.

Counting the Days While My Mind Slips Away chronicles his remarkable journey from his early days throwing a football back and forth with his father to speaking about the long-term effects of concussions before Congress, and how his faith keeps him strong and grounded as he looks toward an uncertain future. Ben recounts the experiences that have shaped his life and imparts the lessons he's learned along the way. Emotionally powerful, inspiring, and uplifting, Ben's story will captivate and encourage you to make the most of every day and treasure all of your memories.
All Rise: The Remarkable Journey of Alan Page
All Rise
The Remarkable Journey of Alan Page
Hardcover      ISBN: 1600785042
All Rise is the authorized biography of Alan Page, a remarkable man who became a pioneer for his race without setting out to be one. He grew up in Canton, Ohio, in the shadow of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, into which he would later be inducted after his stellar NFL career. After leading Notre Dame to a national championship in 1966 and earning All-America honors, he became a first-round draft choice of the Minnesota Vikings in 1967. A six-time All-Pro for the Vikings, where he led the team to four conference titles, he was named the NFL's MVP in 1971, the first defensive player to be so honored. After retiring and being elected in the NFL Hall of Fame, Page went on to graduate from the University of Minnesota Law School and to become a justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court. This stirring biography takes a detailed look at a truly influential and remarkable man.
Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer: A Road Trip Into the Heart of Fan Mania
Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer
A Road Trip Into the Heart of Fan Mania
Paperback      ISBN: 0609807137

What is it about sports that turns otherwise sane people into raving lunatics? Why does winning compel people to tear down goal posts, and losing, to drown themselves in bad keg beer? In short, why do fans care?

In search of answers, Warren St. John seeks out the roving community of RVers who follow the Alabama Crimson Tide from game to game. A movable feast of Weber grills and Igloo coolers, these are hard-core football fans who arrive on Wednesday for Saturday's game: The Reeses, who skipped their own daughter's wedding because it coincided with a Bama game; Ray Pradat, the Episcopal minister who watches the games on a television beside his altar while performing weddings; and John Ed, the wheeling and dealing ticket scalper whose access to good seats gives him power on par with the governor. In no time at all, St. John buys an RV (a $5,500 beater named The Hawg) and joins the caravan for a full football season, chronicling the world of the extreme fan and learning that in the shadow of the stadium, it can all begin to seem strangely normal.

Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer is not only a hilarious travel story, but a cultural anthropology of fans that goes a long way toward demystifying the universal urge to take sides and to win.