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The Last Headbangers: NFL Football in the Rowdy, Reckless '70s: the Era that Created Modern Sports [NOOK Book]

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The inside story of the most colorful decade in NFL history?pro football?s raging, hormonal, hairy, druggy, immortal adolescence.


Between the Immaculate Reception in 1972 and The Catch in 1982, pro football grew up. In 1972, Steelers star Franco Harris hitchhiked to practice. NFL teams roomed in skanky motels. They played on guts, painkillers, legal steroids, fury, and camaraderie. A decade later, Joe Montana?s gleamingly efficient 49ers ushered in a new era: the corporate, ...
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The Last Headbangers: NFL Football in the Rowdy, Reckless '70s: the Era that Created Modern Sports

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Overview

The inside story of the most colorful decade in NFL history—pro football’s raging, hormonal, hairy, druggy, immortal adolescence.


Between the Immaculate Reception in 1972 and The Catch in 1982, pro football grew up. In 1972, Steelers star Franco Harris hitchhiked to practice. NFL teams roomed in skanky motels. They played on guts, painkillers, legal steroids, fury, and camaraderie. A decade later, Joe Montana’s gleamingly efficient 49ers ushered in a new era: the corporate, scripted, multibillion-dollar NFL we watch today. Kevin Cook’s rollicking chronicle of this pivotal decade draws on interviews with legendary players—Harris, Montana, Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach, Ken “Snake” Stabler—to re-create their heroics and off-field carousing. He shows coaches John Madden and Bill Walsh outsmarting rivals as Monday Night Football redefined sports’ place in American life. Celebrating the game while lamenting the physical toll it took on football’s greatest generation, Cook diagrams the NFL’s transformation from second-tier sport into national obsession.
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Roy Blount
“A head-slap of a book. Whap, yeah, that’s how it was.”
Jeff Pearlman
“Wired, crazy, hard-hitting, a pure winner.”
Jonathan Mahler
“Kevin Cook celebrates the rough-edged heroes of the 1970s NFL, vividly re-creating some of the game’s unforgettable moments.”
Scott Simon
“About as subtle as a kick in the head.”
Greg Schneider - Washington Post
“Featuring arguably the greatest collection of weirdos, maniacs, misfits, heroes and villains ever gathered under any dome other than the U.S. Capitol.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393089509
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/27/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 240,880
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Kevin Cook
Kevin Cook, the award-winning author of Kitty Genovese, Titanic Thompson and Tommy’s Honor, has written for the New York Times, the Daily News, GQ, Men’s Journal, Vogue, and many other publications, and has appeared on CNN and Fox TV. He lives in New York City.
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