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New York Sun columnist Lahman also names Bill James and his Historical Baseball Abstract as his inspiration for this massive undertaking. He has written several statistical football annuals, and this time he offers the most ambitious and fascinating football book of the year. He uses metrics of his own design to rank the greatest professional players at each position as well as the greatest coaches. While there are some errors (Del Shofner was not a hybrid tight end; Deion Sanders had 53, not 77, interceptions; and, contrary to Lahman's contention, there have been several football equivalents to Lawrence S. Ritter's classic The Glory of Their Times), the book is impressive in both scope and execution. Lahman's insight into the styles of so many players across time makes for a lively, enlightening read. Highly recommended.