John Madden's Heroes of Football: The Story of America's Game
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John Madden's Heroes of Football: The Story of America's Game

by John Madden, Bill Gutman
     
 
For millions of fans, John Madden's name is synonymous with football. Whether as a Super Bowl-winning coach, an Emmy Award-winning analyst, or the namesake of the most popular sports video game of all time, Madden NFL, he has studied the game from every angle. In Heroes of Football, Madden uses his extensive knowledge to detail the dominating dynasties,

Overview

For millions of fans, John Madden's name is synonymous with football. Whether as a Super Bowl-winning coach, an Emmy Award-winning analyst, or the namesake of the most popular sports video game of all time, Madden NFL, he has studied the game from every angle. In Heroes of Football, Madden uses his extensive knowledge to detail the dominating dynasties, prominent players, game-making plays, and season-ending games that transformed professional football from its rough-and-tumble beginnings to the country's biggest sport.

Filled with photos, sidebars, and analytical charts, John Madden's Heroes of Football: The Story of America's Game is the ultimate book for young football fans.

About the Author: John Madden has spent his entire professional life as a football player, coach, or commentator. As head coach of the Oakland Raiders, he led his team to victory in Super Bowl XI. He has won fourteen Emmy Awards for his work in the booth and is the author of four New York Times bestsellers. Mr. Madden lives in Pleasanton, California, with his wife, Virginia.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Football fans will welcome the picture book John Madden's Heroes of Football: The Story of America's Game by John Madden, with Bill Gutman. After pulling in readers with his personal story, TV commentator Madden describes the roots of the game, the beginning of the NFL and the impact on the game of coaches such as Vince Lombardi. Sidebars on plays such as the "I" formation, brief biographies, and crisp photos break up a dense, information-filled text. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
F. Todd Goodson
On the shelf, Heroes of Football appears to be a glossy, light celebration of professional football. The book's cover and design suggests lots of colorful pictures and limited text, a book suitable for struggling readers at the middle-school level. The inside of the book does not match those expectations. The book is a surprisingly detailed and rich history of American football from its origins in the early days of the 20th Century through the contemporary National Football League. The text is well written, replete with lively anecdotes about the personalities involved in the evolution of the game and a thorough discussion of rule the development of the way the game has been played through the years. While the book is clearly well done, it does present two concerns. First, struggling readers will be drawn by the book's style and design and become frustrated by the density of the text. Conversely, strong readers might well be put off by those same design elements. Nevertheless, Heroes of Football is an invaluable resource for young people with an interest in the history of football.
Children's Literature - Karen Werner
Beginning in 1869 with the first recorded intercollegiate football game, through to the present day, this book looks at the history, the players, and the organization of football. The game began with a pig's bladder for a ball, and with players pushing and shoving each other trying to move it across the field. With photos of players and games, the beginning of the National Football League is described. The Oorang Indians story is just one of the unique stories that Madden shares as he tells about Jim Thorpe and one of the strangest franchises in the history of professional sports. Madden's experiences as a Hall of Fame player, Super Bowl-winning coach, and Emmy Award-winning analyst (and the world's biggest fan) are insightful and personal. Stories about Red Grange's "Galloping Ghost," Jim Brown, the one-two punch of Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, and the changes in defensive and offensive plays that we see today are easy to read and understand. Madden relates stories of players and teams, and puts into the context of history the game where high-profile and highly paid men push and shove each other to advance the ball. There is a glossary and websites for fans to continue researching their interest.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-This title traces the evolution of professional football from its humble beginnings as an Ivy League-college pastime in the 19th century to one of the most popular spectator sports in the United States. In a somewhat dry narrative, Madden focuses on the development of the game, presenting chronological chapters that introduce significant time periods and identify key players and teams. The text emphasizes rules, prominent athletes, and strategies with sidebars and full-color photographs offering additional information. The author's name recognition through video games and his visibility as a sports commentator will be a natural lure for young readers. This clear, well-organized account is appropriate for report writers and is a solid choice for libraries needing to update their sports-history collections.-Michael Giller, South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, Greenville Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Slipping occasionally into first person to give the narrative a personal tone, this engaging if superficial history takes American professional football from "unorganized mess" in the 19th and early-20th centuries to its sleek, media-savvy modern incarnation. Despite periodic lists of rule changes and even some formation diagrams, the discussion rarely approaches any sort of technical level, focusing instead on a chronological tally of major names and watershed games. Madden steers carefully clear of controversial topics, but his special interest in defense does ensure that the likes of Lawrence Taylor and the Steelers' "Steel Curtain" share the limelight with the Don Hutsons, Jim Browns and Joe Montanas. Readers coming into this a little hazy on the differences between halfbacks and fullbacks, or wondering why hash marks are exactly 23 yards, 1 foot and 9 inches from the sidelines will leave unenlightened-but they will enjoy the plethora of game photos and glimpses of the game's greats in action. (multimedia resource list, index of names) (Nonfiction. 10-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525476986
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/29/2000
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 11.14(h) x 0.49(d)
Lexile:
1150L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 18 Years

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