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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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When Football Was Football: The Chicago Cardinals and the Birth of the NFL by Joe Ziemba A unique, entertaining look at the early days of football and one of its proudest franchises. When Football was Football captures an era in sports history and brings to life its personalities, rivalries, triumphs, and tragedies. - Goodreads #sports #book

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SportsFan Chronicles is a novel written by author Kurt Weichert. This raucous tale is a must read for any lover of the NFL. When two best friends, Kurt and Brian, manage to win half of the largest lottery in years, they do what any sane Chicago Bears fan would do--try to convince the other winner to go in on purchasing an NFL team! #sports #novels #books

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Following the success of his first sports books, SportsFan Chronicles™ author Kurt Weichert is back with more hilarity and hijinks from Kurt, Brian and the gang. Loaded with funny sports humor, this sequel continues the story of these super-rich friends as they attempt to finally buy an NFL team. Sports and Riches features all of the characters you know and love from Weichert's first sports book, and just goes to show that some things never change. #sports #novels #football

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The Greatest Football Stories Ever Told: Twenty Tales of Gridiron Glory by Eric Noe As warm weather turns cool, thoughts turn to football. When the last touchdown is scored, the last pass made, who can help but devour the vivid descriptions of the game in books like Friday Night Lights or magazines like Sports Illustrated? - Goodreads #novels #football

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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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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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I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness, to The Blind Side, and Beyond by Michael Oher The football star made famous in the hit film The Blind Side reflects on how far he has come from the circumstances of his youth. - Goodreads #sports #book

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The Last Great Game: Duke vs. Kentucky and the 2.1 Seconds That Changed Basketball by Gene Wojciechowski The definitive book on the greatest game in the history of college basketball, and the dramatic road both teams took to get there. - Goodreads

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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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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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America's Game: The Epic Story of How Pro Football Captured a Nation by Michael MacCambridge It’s difficult to imagine today–when the Super Bowl has virtually become a national holiday and the National Football League is the country’s dominant sports entity–but pro football was once a ramshackle afterthought on the margins of the American sports landscape. - Goodreads

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Babe: The Legend Comes to Life by Robert W. Creamer, Dick Schaap Babe Ruth is without a doubt the most famous character ever produced by the sport of baseball. A legendary player, world-famous for his hitting prowess, he transcended the sport to enter the mainstream of American life as an authentic folk hero. - Goodreads

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Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig by Jonathan Eig Lou Gehrig was a baseball legend -- the Iron Horse, the stoic New York Yankee who was the greatest first baseman in history, a man whose consecutive-games streak was ended by a horrible disease that now bears his name. But as this definitive new biography makes clear, Gehrig's life was more complicated -- and, perhaps, even more heroic -- than anyone really knew. - Goodreads

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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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When Pride Still Mattered: A Life Of Vince Lombardi by David Maraniss More than any other sports figure, Vince Lombardi transformed football into a metaphor of the American experience. The son of an Italian immigrant butcher, Lombardi toiled for twenty frustrating years as a high school coach and then as an assistant at Fordham, West Point, and the New York Giants before his big break came at age forty-six with the chance to coach a struggling team in snowbound Wisconsin. - Goodreads.com

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The 11 Football Books Any True Student of the Game Must Read

From the context of a former head coach, “More than a Game” talks about the NFL as a business: what the NFL was, what the NFL is, and where is NFL is headed. It talks about the draft, about talent evaluation, about the salary cap and its implications, about why there aren’t old fashioned fullbacks anymore. #sportsnovels

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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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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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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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"Faithful" has to be the best book about Boston's 2004 season. #sportsbook

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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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Made into a hilarious and timeless film starring Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson, and Jill Clayburgh, and recently named number seven on Sports Illustrated's Top 100 Sports Books of All Time, "Semi-Tough" is Dan Jenkins's masterpiece and considered by many to be the funniest sports book ever written. - Wikipedia #sportsnovels

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The Blind Side by Michael Lewis

The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game is a book by Michael Lewis released in 2006 about American football. - Wikipedia #sportsbooks

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Ball Four is a book written by former Major League Baseball pitcher Jim Bouton in 1970. The book is a diary of Bouton's 1969 season, spent with the Seattle Pilots (during the club's only year in existence) and then the Houston Astros following a late-season trade. - Wikipedia #sportsnovels

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