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Football's Greatest Stars
     

Football's Greatest Stars

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by Allan Maki, Thurman Thomas (Foreword by)
 

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Praise for the first edition:
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

In the United States, football has more fans than any other sport. Why is the NFL so popular? Who are the players that have carried this storied

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Praise for the first edition:
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

In the United States, football has more fans than any other sport. Why is the NFL so popular? Who are the players that have carried this storied league to the biggest stage in America? These questions and many more are answered in detail in Football's Greatest Stars.

Author Allan Maki includes fascinating profiles of 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.

Some of the stars new to this edition are:

  • Jared Allen
  • Aaron Rodgers
  • Drew Brees
  • Adrian Peterson
  • Larry Fitzgerald
  • Troy Polamalu
  • Antonio Gates
  • Darrelle Revis
  • Robert Griffin III
  • Ray Rice
  • Rob Gronkowski
  • Justin Smith
  • Andre Johnson
  • Terrell Suggs
  • Calvin Johnson
  • Joe Thomas
  • Maurice Jones-Drew
  • DeMarcus Ware
  • Haloti Nagata
  • Patrick Willis
  • Cam Newton

Allan Maki also examines the sport in three insightful essays: one on the National Football League's spectacular rise to prominence, another on the leading men and defining moments that have shaped the league and a third on the sport's legends-to-be. Football's Greatest Stars is a superb book for every fan and a compelling history of a great game.

Editorial Reviews

BookPage
[Review of previous edition:] A superb book for fans and a compelling history of a great game — includes profiles of its greatest players.
Shelf Life
[Review of previous edition:] Football's Greatest Stars looks at an elite group of players who came to define the sport through their stellar play.... A valuable reference guide for lovers of the sport, reading the book will bring back memorable Sunday afternoons of watching some of the greatest players ever to put on a football helmet.
American Profile .com - Neil Pond
[Review of previous edition:] Packed with 120 color photos of Peyton Manning, O.J. Simpson, Jerry Rice, Jim Brown, Joe Namath, Terry Bradshaw, Deion Sanders and many , many other touchdown titans, it's sure to be a hit with any gridiron fan.
Winnipeg Free Press - Nick Martin
[Review of previous edition:] There's a lot of information in this book.
Library Journal

This book attempts to profile the top 50 stars of the last 50 years of professional football, as chosen by a 25-year veteran sportswriter from Canada. The 50 selections are divided into two sections, Top 20 and Next 30, and are arranged alphabetically within those groupings. Of the Top 20, eight are quarterbacks, five are running backs, and only five are defensive players; the proportions for the Next 30 are similar. The profiles themselves are knowledgably written but take a back seat to the well-chosen illustrations-135 color photographs mixed with scores of black-and-white ones in a very striking layout. The book also features, e.g., "Legends in the Making" and "Franchises" (one-page summaries of all 32 teams). In short, a beautiful if not essential book that would be at home in any public library.
—John Maxymuk

American Profile .com
Packed with 120 color photos of Peyton Manning, O.J. Simpson, Jerry Rice, Jim Brown, Joe Namath, Terry Bradshaw, Deion Sanders and many , many other touchdown titans, it's sure to be a hit with any gridiron fan.

— Neil Pond

Winnipeg Free Press
There's a lot of information in this book.

— Nick Martin

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770852464
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
08/11/2013
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
734,469
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Allan Maki is an award-winning sports journalist and writes on football for Canada's The Globe and Mail.

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Football's Greatest Stars 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
CamNY More than 1 year ago
Great stories and photos. Most informative material. If you love football, you'll love this book!