ESPN Pro Football Encyclopedia First Editionby Pete Palmer
From ESPN, the sports experts, comes the most complete, accurate, and up-to-date football database ever compiled! This remarkable volume, brought to fans of the gridiron at an unbeatable price, is absolutely brimming with facts, figures, and everything else to do with the game. Weighing in at a whopping 1,336 pages, it features comprehensive year-by-year and team-by-team statistics on rushing, passing, receiving, kicking, punting, sacks, and returns for all players in NFL history. It also lists the all-time leaders in dozens of categories and provides far-reaching details on football history.
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This book is amazing overall. Of course as expected there are some mistakes in the book. But given the amount of info compiled here it is well worth it. I would just double check your info before you put your mortgage up on a bet.
I have been buying Football stat books since the 1970's so I feel like I can offer a well informed opinion. I have been waiting for a book like this since Total Football II became out of date and overall I am very pleased. This book raises the bar, it's got pretty much everything and then some, but there are some areas that need to be improved. The player register is nice but I think they got it half-right, they had sections for kickers, defensive players & specialists, whick is great but when look at the offensive skill position players it is not easy to follow. Just put all the QB's in one section with thier own stat-template and do the same for RB's & WR's. The game score, broken down by quarter with the basic game stats was a mind blowing surprise! thank you guys! The year-by-year historical record is fine and clear to follow. Here's my biggest complaint: The All-Time leaders by Lifetime & Season, why would they sort it by an 'adjusted total' Sort the stats by the actual, factual number? If the editors want to add an adjusted stat to span eras, fine put it to the side of the real numbers. As for all of the 'made up stats' put them in a special section, they do have a place here, and I would not mind seeing more of them, just please don't muddy the actual facts/stats with them. The chronology of records is nice, very nice in fact, but there should still be room for a records section like the 'NFL Record & Fact Book' has, only expanded to show the top 5-10, not just the top 3 like the NFL Book does. The great performances section leaves alot to be desired, there is so much more that could be added there, there isn't much on great 'single game' performances unless you sift through the scores section. A little cross refernce would be a big plus here. Overall I give it 4 out of 5 stars, it is the best Pro Football Encyclopedia ever published and you should buy it ASAP, I just feel with some improvements this book could be off the charts special. JKG