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Never Die Easy: The Autobiography of Walter Payton by Walter Payton, Don Yaeger His legacy is towering. Walter Payton—the man they called Sweetness, for the way he ran—remains the most prolific running back in the history of the National Football League, the star of the Chicago Bears' only Super Bowl Championship, eleven times voted the most popular sports figure in Chicago's history. - Goodreads #football

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Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton by Jeff Pearlman At five feet ten inches tall, running back Walter Peyton was not the largest player in the NFL, but he developed a larger-than-life reputation for his strength, speed, and grit. Nicknamed "Sweetness" during his college football days, he became the NFL's all-time leader in rushing and all-purpose yards, capturing the hearts of fans in his adopted Chicago. - Goodreads #football #book

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Paper Lion, published in 1966, is a non-fiction book by prominent American writer George Plimpton. In 1960, Plimpton, not a professional athlete, arranged to pitch to a lineup of baseball stars in an All-Star exhibition, presumably to answer the question, "How would the average man off of the street fare in an attempt to compete with the stars of professional sports?" - Wikipedia #sportsbooks

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Quarterback Abstract: The Complete Guide to NFL Quarterbacks by John Maxymuk When the T formation became the standard offense in the NFL in the 1940s, one man was elevated to a greater position of importance than any other on the field: the quarterback. - Goodreads #sports #novels

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The Summer Game, Roger Angell’s first book on the sport, changed baseball writing forever. Thoughtful, funny, appreciative of the elegance of the game and the passions invested by players and fans, it goes beyond the usual sports reporter’s beat to examine baseball’s complex place in our American psyche. -GoodReads #funnysportsnovels

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What a Game They Played: An Inside Look at the Golden Era of Pro Football by Richard Whittingham, Keith McClellan In their own words, the pioneers and legends of professional football tell of the early glory yearsof the National Football League. From the 1920s through the 1940s, pro football players were paid only hundreds of dollars per game and rarely had substitutes. - Goodreads #football #books

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Johnny U: The Life and Times of John Unitas by Tom Callahan In a time “when men played football for something less than a living and something more than money,” John Unitas was the ultimate quarterback. - Goodreads #sports #novel

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The Natural is a 1952 novel about baseball written by Bernard Malamud. The book follows Roy Hobbs, a baseball prodigy whose career is sidetracked when he is shot by a woman whose motivation remains mysterious. - Wikipedia #sportsnovels

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Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life by Richard Ben Cramer, Kevin McKinley Joe DiMaggio was, at every turn, one man we could look at who made us feel good. In the hard-knuckled thirties, he was the immigrant boy who made it big -- and spurred the New York Yankees to a new era of dynasty. He was Broadway Joe, the icon of elegance, the man who wooed and won Marilyn Monroe -- the most beautiful girl America could dream up. - Goodreads.com

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I get you Nick Hornby

Fever Pitch: A Fan's Life is a 1992 autobiographical book by British author Nick Hornby. The book is the basis for two films: Fever Pitch (UK) was released in 1997, and Fever Pitch (U.S.) in 2005. The first edition included the sub-title "A Fan's Life", but later paperback editions did not. - Wikipedia #sportsbooks

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