Sunday's Heroes: NFL Legends Talk about the Times of Their Lives

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Dating back to its inception in 1920, the National Football League was built on and by players who loved the game of football, who had incredible pride in the game they played, and whose intensity often accompanied them off the football field. Though the league and the game have undergone many changes in the past nine decades, much has also remained the same about the people who play it -- the heroes. In Sunday's Heroes: NFL Legends Talk About the Times of Their Lives, Richard Whittingham allows us to relive ...
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Overview

Dating back to its inception in 1920, the National Football League was built on and by players who loved the game of football, who had incredible pride in the game they played, and whose intensity often accompanied them off the football field. Though the league and the game have undergone many changes in the past nine decades, much has also remained the same about the people who play it -- the heroes. In Sunday's Heroes: NFL Legends Talk About the Times of Their Lives, Richard Whittingham allows us to relive great moments in NFL history through the words and stories of the heroes who lived them. From Jim Thorpe to Jim Brown, Johnny Unitas to John Elway, Sunday's Heroes puts us in the huddle with the greatest players of all time, and shares some of the best football stories the NFL has to offer.
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"Occassionally, a book sets itself apart with both its content and its graphic presentation. This is one of those books, and to boot, one of the few that adquately deals with the early history of the National Football League. Previous histories of the game's early years have recycled the same photographs time after time, but this work features several truly unusual and outstanding pictures that this reviewer has never seen before.Whittingham, who has written extensively about pro football, interviewed many of the early figures and gathered reports on many who have died to produce a collection of anecdotes that is one of the finest books about the history of the NFL to appear in the mass market. The author is particularly adept at weaving the personal anecdote and interview with the historical record. Professional fans, no matter what their age, and even younger followers will find this to be a fine introduction to the history and people who were so important in the formation of what is probably today truly America's national pastime. Enthusiastically recommended." ~ Library Journal

"Whittingham spans most of the NFL's history and prsent a collection of observations and anecdotes about many of observations and anecdotes about many of pro football's legends, including John Madden, George Halas, Terry Bradshaw, Dick Butkus, Sam Huff and Red Grange. The numerous black-and-white photos show coaches, players and scenes from key games." ~ SacramentoBee, Allen Pierleoni

"If 'old school' is hot, then this book about the NFL is trying to teach the past couple generations that the NFL is more than just a cool jersey. This oversized book is a combination picture book and narrative history of the NFL from its 'legends.' It should say something that Paul Hornung wrote the foreword, Pat Summerall the introduction and Mike Ditka the afterword. It is in very easy-to-read format that allows you to start wherever you open it. If anything, it shows you that the NFL didn't used to be the polished, made-for-TV behemoth that it is now."~ NashvilleTennessean, Bill Bradley

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572435179
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,454,157
  • Product dimensions: 9.26 (w) x 10.38 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Author's Preface xiii
Introduction xv
Chapter 1 Soft Helmets, Hard Heads 1
Chapter 2 Curious Insights 24
Chapter 3 Views from the Sidelines 56
Chapter 4 Mayhem, Violence, and Pain 86
Chapter 5 On the Wackier Side 116
Chapter 6 Personalities 144
Chapter 7 The Ultimate Game 172
Afterword 205
Bibliography 207
Index 209
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