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

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

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by Kevin Cook
 

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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

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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, 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.

Editorial Reviews

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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393345872
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
08/26/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
655,055
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

A former senior editor at Sports Illustrated, Kevin Cook is the author of Titanic Thompson, Tommy's Honor, Kitty Genovese and The Dad Report. He lives in New York City.

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The Last Headbangers: NFL Football in the Rowdy, Reckless '70s: the Era that Created Modern Sports 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great
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