Smash Mouth: My Journey from Trenton to Canton

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Smash-mouth football was just another day at the office during the heyday of professional football in the 1960s and 1970s. Elvin Bethea began his pro career with the Houston Oilers of the AFL in 1968 when the upstart league was filled with colorful characters and brilliantly gifted players who had finally proven they were "good enough" to compete with the NFL. After the AFL merged with the NFL in 1970, one of the most exciting decades in pro football history was underway. Smash-Mouth the story of Bethea's journey...

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Smash-mouth football was just another day at the office during the heyday of professional football in the 1960s and 1970s. Elvin Bethea began his pro career with the Houston Oilers of the AFL in 1968 when the upstart league was filled with colorful characters and brilliantly gifted players who had finally proven they were "good enough" to compete with the NFL. After the AFL merged with the NFL in 1970, one of the most exciting decades in pro football history was underway. Smash-Mouth the story of Bethea's journey from a life of rural poverty in Trenton, New Jersey, to his All-American college football career at North Carolina A&T, where segregation still ruled the South. Smash-Mouth takes Bethea from potential Olympic track stardom in 1968 to his legendary pro football career where he earned his reputation as one of the most feared and dangerous defensive linemen in NFL history. From classic playoff battles with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1978 and 1979 to off-the-field exploits with some of football's most eccentric characters, Smash-Mouth culminates in Bethea's greatest ultimate honor--his long overdue induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003. Along the way, Bethea's story is filled with candid assessments of the talents and personalities of some of the greatest names in 1970s football--Terry Bradshaw, Joe Namath, O.J. Simpson, Archie Manning, Earl Campbell, Dan Fouts, Franco Harris, Bum Phillips, Dan Pastorini, Billy "White Shoes" Johnson, Chuck Noll, Hank Stram, Art Shell, Anthony Munoz, Kenny Houston, John Mackey, and many, many more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582618814
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2005

    A Good Read

    Smashmouth is exactly what this book is. It comes at you straight on and doesn't try to sugarcoat anything. Elvin Bethea is proud of his life so far and this book is a shining example of that. He tells of mistakes and hard times, but also of his successes and accomplishments. The respect that he shows for the game of football and other players is unparalleled. The Smash Mouth Hall of Fame is an added bonus that gives a little more insight into what it was like to play against some of the greats.

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