The Bills Are Due

The Bills Are Due

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by Rob Thompson
     
 

An Inside Look at the Bills' Greatest Generations

Billy Shaw. Joe Ferguson. Fred Smerlas. Before the days of multi-million dollar contracts for unproven players, there were men like these. Men who built one of America's most storied football franchises without expecting lucrative endorsement deals or $80 autograph fees.

In The Bills Are Due, Rob Thompson

Overview

An Inside Look at the Bills' Greatest Generations

Billy Shaw. Joe Ferguson. Fred Smerlas. Before the days of multi-million dollar contracts for unproven players, there were men like these. Men who built one of America's most storied football franchises without expecting lucrative endorsement deals or $80 autograph fees.

In The Bills Are Due, Rob Thompson pays tribute to the generations of players who made the Buffalo Bills-and, by extension, western New York-what it is today. From the team's AFL days right through the '90s, it's all here-the precision passing and thrilling touchdowns, as well as agonizing defeats-told by the players themselves. In interviews with legends like Mike Stratton, Jack Kemp and more, fans also catch a rare, behind-the-scenes and sometimes odd life as a Bill But this is more than a recounting of the team's adolescence and memorable moments. Thompson's personal reminiscences of his own youth brilliantly capture the historical milieu of the team's "golden era"-and remind readers why they first fell for New York's beloved Bills. Through it all, Thompson reveals the often-painful experiences of Bills in post-retirement-and urges NFL and players' union leadership to establish equitable standards of compensation for the early gridiron warriors.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781432728540
Publisher:
Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date:
08/05/2008
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
0.62(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

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The Bills Are Due 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
onebillsfan More than 1 year ago
To be honest a very boring book. My expectations for this book were high but after the first chapter it was like reading a text book in high school...found myself daydreaming throughout it and hoping it would end. Nothing new, nothing interesting, it seemed like the sole purpose of this book was to take shots at the old guard of the NFL especially Gene Upshaw. I walked away disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I find it interesting how there are 4 recent reviews for this book that were written within 30 minutes of each other by supposedly 4 different people. I think it is deplorable for the author to write fake reviews of his own book just to jack up the ratings. Barnes and Noble should be made aware of this so it doesn't happen. It is misleading people to believe the book is good...it's not. Shame on you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was nothing like what I thought it would be. To be honest I found it quite boring. After the first few pages of the author's personal reflection it turned into one long stale interview that quite honestly took no skill at all to write. The players did all the writing. Secondly, I think the only purpose of this book was to whine and complain about how the players in the old days were given poor retirement benefits (welcome to the real world guys). They all took pot shots at Gene Upshaw who had died just previous to the books release. If you want to read a good football book check out Dave Steidel's book on the AFL and avoid this one.
Carl51 More than 1 year ago
It was nice to see non-football related stories from some of the great Bills Carl Goodwyn Westport CT
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do not waste your time or money on this book.
Abigail61 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it as someone who knows nothing about pro-football.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a mess and the author should be a shamed of himself
for having us waste our money!
Charlotte34 More than 1 year ago
Met the author Christmas week, will give it as a gift. Nice man and enjoyable book.
PamandRich More than 1 year ago
I was shocked by a previous post accusing Mr. Thompson of posting his own reviews. Mr. Thompson spoke to our Rotary Club this past week I found his story and his book heart warming and as many now know he is donating money to former Buffalo Bills who need it from this book. So for all the other disgruntled fans or fellow authors do what he is doing before you accuse anyone.

Richard and Pam in Alexander NY
Phil19 More than 1 year ago
It is slow in some spots, overall pretty good. Nice gentleman I met at a recent signing with former Bill.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I met author and former Bill Walt Patulski at a private signing, great stories, nice that most of royalty will be going to former Bills. Some authors make money off the players names not Thompson.

"Jay" Calahan
Livonia NY
Ashley250 More than 1 year ago
I gave it to my grandmother who had no understanding about football. She laughed at the stories and really enjoyed the book, do not waste money on big fancy football books for the new fan. This is the one for ythat job.

Ashley Peckham
Grand Island NY
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great stories, this is not like other Bills books, I have read the cookie cutter ones like Levy or Tasker, who never lifted a finger to write them others like Rockin the Rockpile, a 400 page book, way to much.

Donald B.
Brockport NY
Tom75 More than 1 year ago
I bought it at a signing, nice book with stories I hadn't heard before. If you are expecting a lengthy historical, dry statistical book this isn't for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is what i expected a collection of personal stories by the players themselves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Met him and former Bill Donnie Green--good book and nice gift.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very insightful reading about the stories and details of Bills players from the 60's, 70's, 80's, and 90's. Don't miss this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book at the Bills home opener and read it over the next week. great insight into the guys that played for Bills back when i was young. this is a very good book for Bills fans...if you don't like the Bills- you probably wouldn't read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have given several as gifts, it's not a boring football book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great book that harkens back to the old school days of football and football players.
Kim-Brisbane More than 1 year ago
My family and I met the author and several former Buffalo Bills this past week, fun stories and a good book for fans. I wasn't aware of the problems faced by the older players but this book tells about it using their words. Donnie Green was particularly interesting.
Gil-Brachi More than 1 year ago
A good book for learning about the current situation between the old and new NFL.