Real Football: Conversations on America's Game

Real Football: Conversations on America's Game

by Stephen H. Norwood
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1578066638

ISBN-13: 9781578066636

Pub. Date: 11/02/2004

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi


Starting Lineup:
Dub Jones Greg Pruitt
Bert Jones Clendon Thomas
Ken Mendenhall Joe Washington, Sr.
Tony Peters Joe Washington, Jr.
Steve Zabel

Since the 1960s

Overview


Starting Lineup:
Dub Jones Greg Pruitt
Bert Jones Clendon Thomas
Ken Mendenhall Joe Washington, Sr.
Tony Peters Joe Washington, Jr.
Steve Zabel

Since the 1960s, professional football has been America's most popular sport. This book explores the culture of football from the inside-from the players' perspective-the game the fans never see.

Conversations are with eight top athletes, men who played in the National Football League for at least ten years, and with another who coached football for forty-five years. The players analyze the mental, physical and emotional experience of the game at the high school, college, and professional levels, and at nearly every gridiron position.

The author chooses his subjects carefully and finds articulate interpreters of this hard-edged experience. The author and the players discuss in depth a wide range of topics, including masculinity, injury, and pain, big-time college recruiting, college athletes and academics, relations with fathers and coaches, encounters with Jim Crow and desegregation, strikes and labor relations in the NFL. Yielding full pictures of their lives and careers, these athletes go on to explore aging and their adjustments to retirement.

Stephen H. Norwood, professor of history at the University of Oklahoma, is the author of Strikebreaking and Intimidation (2002) and Labor's Flaming Youth (1990). He is the winner of the Herbert Gutman Award in American social history and the Macmillan/SABR Award in baseball history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578066636
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
11/02/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

The Appeal of Football3
Dub Jones21
Bert Jones47
Clendon Thomas86
Joe Washington Sr.118
Joe Washington Jr.153
Steve Zabel215
Tony Peters270
Ken Mendenhall345
Greg Pruitt381
Index415

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