Football's Greatest Stars

Football's Greatest Stars

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by Allan Maki, George Johnson
     
 

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An exciting history of the game, with profiles of its greatest players.

At the heart of Football's Greatest Stars are detailed profiles of the 50 greatest players of professional history. They're all here -- the original heroes, the '80s superstars and the future Hall of Famers.

Luminaries include:

  • Brett Favre
  • Dan

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An exciting history of the game, with profiles of its greatest players.

At the heart of Football's Greatest Stars are detailed profiles of the 50 greatest players of professional history. They're all here -- the original heroes, the '80s superstars and the future Hall of Famers.

Luminaries include:

  • Brett Favre
  • Dan Marino
  • Deacon Jones
  • Dick Butkus
  • Forrest Gregg
  • Fran Tarkenton
  • Jerry Rice
  • Joe Montana
  • Joe Namath
  • Johnny Unitas
  • Lawrence Taylor
  • Peyton Manning
  • Roger Staubach
  • Terry Bradshaw
  • Tom Brady
  • ... and 35 others.

Football is followed by more fans than any other sport in the United States. It's also cherished by big businesses, which pay $2.7 million for a 30-second commercial during the Super Bowl.

Why is professional football so popular? How did it get that way? Who are the men who carried this storied league to the biggest stage in the United States? Allan Maki assesses the NFL's rise to greatness with three compelling essays on the men, the moments and the circumstances that have created the game that's watched today by hundreds of millions of people worldwide. In addition to the player profiles, 32 franchise profiles chart the league's rise to greatness.

Football's Greatest Stars is a superb book for fans, and a compelling history of a great game.

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Editorial Reviews

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

Shelf Life
[Review of earlier 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.
BookPage
[Review of earlier edition:] A superb book for fans and a compelling history of a great game -- includes profiles of its greatest players.
American Profile.com - Neil Pond
[Review of earlier 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 earlier edition:] There's a lot of information in this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770852464
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
08/11/2013
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
368,051
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Allan Maki is an award-winning sports journalist who has also contributed to several books.

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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!