Football for Dummies

Football for Dummies

by Howie Long, John Czarnecki
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Football for Dummies by Howie Long, John Czarnecki

Meet the greatest players, coaches, and teams of all time

The fun and easy way to tackle football basics and enjoy America's most popular sport

Love to play — or just watch — football? Want to know more about the game? Howie Long gives you up-to-the-minute information on all the rules, regs, positions, plays, and penalties, as well as the newest stadium technologies, the latest teams and players, and the must-do experiences of pro football. It's the ultimate fan's guide!

  • Follow the game at home or in the stadium
  • Understand offensive and defensive strategies
  • Train and gear up for a game
  • Join a fantasy football league
  • Get your kids involved in football

Praise for Football For Dummies

"Howie's book has got it all!"
Jimmy Johnson, former head coach, Miami Dolphins

"[Howie's] knowledge and insight into the game of football ring through loud and clear!"
Boomer Esiason, former All-Star quarterback and NFL commentator

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470125366
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 06/25/2007
Series: For Dummies Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Howie Long, former Oakland Raiders defensive end, earned 8 Pro Bowl appearances, plus a Super Bowl Championship. John Czarnecki is an editorial consultant for FOX NFL Sunday and CBS NFL Today.

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Table of Contents


PART I: Football 101.

Chapter 1: America's Greatest Game.

Chapter 2: Meet Me on the Gridiron.

Chapter 3: Rules and Regulations.

PART II: Go Offense.

Chapter 4: The Quarterback.

Chapter 5: The Passing Game.

Chapter 6: On the Ground.

Chapter 7: The Offensive Line.

Chapter 8: Offensive Plays and Strategies.

PART III: The Big D.

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

Chapter 10: The Secondary.

Chapter 11: Defensive Tactics and Strategies.

PART IV: Meet the Rest of the Team.

Chapter 12: The Kicking Game.

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

PART V: Football for Everyone.

Chapter 14: Armchair Quarterbacks and Other Fabulous Fans.

Chapter 15: Youth Leagues and High School Football.

Chapter 16: College Football.

Chapter 17: The NFL and Other Professional Football.

Chapter 18: Fantasy Leagues.

PART VI: Staying in the Game.

Chapter 19: The Mental Game and Motivation.

Chapter 20: Conditioning, Training, and Diet.

PART VII: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 21: The Ten Greatest Defensive Players of All Time.

Chapter 22: The Ten Greatest Offensive Players of All Time.

Chapter 23: Ten Plus One: A Dream Team.

Chapter 24: The Ten Greatest Coaches of All Time.

Chapter 25: The Ten Best Teams of All Time.

Appendix: Football Speak.


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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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Spring stop tracking me down
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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