Football for Dummies, 2nd Edition

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Overview

Are you one of the millions of people across America are intrigued by professional football – and all types and levels of football? Perhaps you have a friends or a number of friends who have made the football season a ritual, from the last weekend in August until Super Bowl Sunday at the end of January. To be a part of that experience, you need to have a working knowledge of the game.

Football For Dummies, 2nd Edition, can provide you with that knowledge and help you relate to the passionate football fans in your life. On the surface, football may seem to be a very complicated game. The game becomes far less intimidating once you begin to understand the fundamentals of the game. After you break through that initial fear of being overwhelmed by football and what you don't understand, everything else about the game will fall into place, like dominoes. Get ready to find answers to all your football questions, such as:

  • Why do they call it the "gridiron" anyway?
  • Is the ball really made of pigskin, or is that an inside joke?
  • Why do you get six points for a touchdown but only three points for a field goal?
  • Does it really matter how all those guys line up on the field?
  • Does it really mean something when the officials do those funny signals with their arms, or are they just bored out there?

If you don't know a touchdown from a touchback or an interference penalty from an interception, then this book is for you. You'll find easy-to-understand explanations of these topics and more:

  • The football season
  • Rules and regulations
  • Keys to successful offensive line play
  • Defense tactics and strategies
  • Coaches, general managers, and other important folks
  • Youth leagues and high school football
  • Why people love college football
  • Fantasy leagues
  • Conditioning, training, and diet

Authors Howie Long – Emmy-award-winning football commentator and eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end – and John Czarnecki – editorial consultant for CBS NFL Today and Fox NFL Sunday – have teamed up to bring you the ultimate fan's guide to football. This second edition of Football For Dummies has been updated to cover new teams, stadiums, and players.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764539367
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/23/2003
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Howie Long, former Oakland Raiders defensive end, was elected to the pro football Hall of Fame in 2000. He made eigth Pro Bowl appearances, had a Super Bowl XVIII victory over the Washington Redskins, and has many other accolades to his credit. His size (6'5", 275 pounds), combined with his speed, strength, intensity, durability, and explosive quickness, set him apart. Long retired from the NFL after the 1993 season. Long is currently ia a commentator on the Emmy Award-winning FOX NFL Sunday program, which is the most-watched NFL pregame show in America.

Jon Czarnecki is a regular contributor to Inside Sports and Sport magazines. He has reported on the last 19 superbowls and has consulted for the NFL Today and currently for FOX NFL Sunday.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Football 101.

Chapter 1: America’s Greatest Game.

Chapter 2: Meet Me on the Gridiron.

Chapter 3: Rules and Regulations.

Part II: Go Offense.

Chapter 4: The Quarterback.

Chapter 5: The Passing Game.

Chapter 6: On the Ground.

Chapter 7: The Offensive Line.

Chapter 8: Offensive Plays and Strategies.

Part III: The Big D.

Chapter 9: These Guys Are Huge: The Defensive Line.

Chapter 10: The Secondary.

Chapter 11: Defensive Tactics and Strategies.

Part IV: Meet the Rest of the Team.

Chapter 12: The Kicking Game.

Chapter 13: Coaches, General Managers, and Other Important Folks.

Part V: Football for Everyone.

Chapter 14: Armchair Quarterbacks and Other Fabulous Fans.

Chapter 15: Youth Leagues and High School Football.

Chapter 16: College Football.

Chapter 17: The NFL and Other Professional Football.

Chapter 18: Fantasy Leagues.

Part VI: Staying in the Game.

Chapter 19: The Mental Game and Motivation.

Chapter 20: Conditioning, Training, and Diet.

Part VII: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 21: The Ten Greatest Defensive Players of All Time.

Chapter 22: The Ten Greatest Offensive Players of All Time.

Chapter 23: Ten Plus One: A Dream Team.

Chapter 24: The Ten Greatest Coaches of All Time.

Chapter 25: The Ten Best Teams of All Time.

Appendix: Football Speak.

Index.

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