Football For Dummies

Football For Dummies

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ISBN-13: 9781119022633
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/26/2015
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 70,927
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Howie Long is a former Oakland/Los Angeles Raider defensive end with eight Pro Bowl appearances, one Super Bowl win, and a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. John Czarnecki is a pro football consultant.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Football 5

Chapter 1: America’s Greatest Game 7

Chapter 2: Meet Me on the Gridiron 17

Chapter 3: Them’s the Rules (And Regulations) 31

Part II: Go, Offense! 59

Chapter 4: The Quarterback, Football’s MVP 61

Chapter 5: The Passing Game 77

Chapter 6: Hitting the Ground Running 91

Chapter 7: The Offensive Line at Work in the Trenches 111

Chapter 8: Examining Offensive Plays and Strategies 125

Part III: The Big D 151

Chapter 9: These Guys Are Huge: The Defensive Line 153

Chapter 10: The Secondary: Last Line of Defense 169

Chapter 11: Delving into Defensive Tactics and Strategies 187

Part IV: Meet the Rest of the Team 205

Chapter 12: Special Teams, Masters of the Kicking Game 207

Chapter 13: Coaches, General Managers, and Other Important Folks 229

Part V: Football for Everyone 241

Chapter 14: Armchair Quarterbacks and Other Fabulous Fans 243

Chapter 15: Youth Leagues and High School Football 253

Chapter 16: College Football — Where It All Started 263

Chapter 17: Taking a Look at the NFL (And Other Professional Leagues) 277

Chapter 18: Playing Fantasy Football 293

Part VI: The Part of Tens 301

Chapter 19: The Ten (Or So) Greatest Defensive Players of All Time 303

Chapter 20: More Than Ten Top Non-Quarterback Offensive Players 313

Chapter 21: The Ten Greatest Quarterbacks of All Time 323

Chapter 22: The Ten Greatest Coaches in the History of the Game 331

Appendix 341

Index 353

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Football for Dummies 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
DEEDEELOU More than 1 year ago
It has been interesting to read this book. I have some knowledge of the game, my dad took me to high school games when I was little and I attended games in high school and college. I have watched the pros(GO STEELERS!!)for years, also. I found it was beneficial to have a working knowledge base of the game so that the descriptions and information could be better absorbed. I now know how to mathematically figure a quarterback's rating, which was helpful since I was always puzzled about how the rating was considered. I have gone back and looked up specific information when watching the NFL playoff games and I do feel a bit more comfortable discussing the game with male colleagues or relatives.
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Panthers......peyton mannings last two super boels will be blow outs.....there i no way the broncos willl win
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Hate this crap it sucks even the title sucks
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A lot of my co-workers are into football and although I never really watched or played it growing up, their interest started to rub off on me. I picked some things up here and there watching the game and followed my favorite team and players at first. I was the kind of fan that cheered when the team scored or intercepted a pass, but I never understood the strategies, the plays that should or shouldn't be made, the different positions and what they do on offense and defense, etc. I read this book cover to cover and my understanding and enjoyment of football really increased. I was able to recognize what the commentators were talking about and I was able to talk about football with a little more authority. Overall, if you want to be more than just another fan, buy this book and learn to figure out this great game.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a woman who knows the difference between a touchdown and a touchback I was curious and wanted to know more (like offensive and defensive strategies as well as penalties and official rules of the game). This is an excellent resource that I would recommend to any football fan (dummy or not).
Guest More than 1 year ago
It teaches you everything you need to know about football.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey Andrew