The Ones Who Hit the Hardest: The Steelers, the Cowboys, the '70s, and the Fight for America's Soul

The Ones Who Hit the Hardest: The Steelers, the Cowboys, the '70s, and the Fight for America's Soul

by Chad Millman, Shawn Coyne

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Overview

A stirring portrait of the decade when the Steelers became the greatest team in NFL history, as their city was crumbling around them.

In the 1970s, the city of Pittsburgh was in need of heroes. In that decade the steel industry, long the lifeblood of the city, went into massive decline, putting 150,000 steelworkers out of work. And then the unthinkable happened: The Pittsburgh Steelers, perennial also-rans in the NFL, rose up to become the most feared team in the league, winning four Super Bowls in six years and lifting the spirits of a city on the brink.

In The Ones Who Hit the Hardest, Chad Millman and Shawn Coyne trace the rise of the Steelers amidst the backdrop of the fading city they fought for, bringing to life characters such as: Art Rooney, the owner of the team so beloved by Pittsburgh that he was known simply as "The Chief"; Chuck Noll, the headstrong coach who used the ethos of steelworkers to motivate his players; and Jack Lambert, the linebacker whose snarling, toothless grin embodied the Pittsburgh defense. Thoroughly researched and grippingly written, The Ones Who Hit the Hardest is a stirring tribute to a city, a team, and an era.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592406654
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/30/2011
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,128,347
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Chad Millman a deputy editor at ESPN The Magazine, is the author of The Detonators and The Odds and co-author of Invincible and Pickup Artists. He lives in Montclair, NJ with his wife and two sons. Visit his website at www.chadmillman.com .

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Ones Who Hit the Hardest 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
PaulGNYC More than 1 year ago
I'm a Steelers freak, and I thought I knew a lot about Bradshaw, Franco, Swan, Jack L and the rest of the crew. But I didn't--not until I read TOWHTH. The background on the coaching and ownership side was fascinating. I also loved the Pittsburgh history, especially the stuff about the growth and collapse of the steel industry, and the corresponding demise of the union. It really gave me a sense of the desperation with which these guys played ball--not just to feed their families but also to honor the underdog who was getting his head kicked in during the 70's: the working man. When you're a kid, you see these gladiators on tv, and you think they're all millionaires, but many had second jobs. And as somebody who loved to hate Dallas, I found that side of the story remarkable as well. My worst fears were confirmed-The Cowboys were a money machine-but I found a new appreciation for them, especially in Tom Landry. I'd thought he was a cold-blooded pragmatist, but he was much more nuanced than I'd imagined. And again, not every Cowboy was a millionaire, I learned. Many came from Steelers-type backgrounds. I think my favorite parts were when Shawn Coyne's family history ties into the major events going on at the time. It gave the book a "you are there" feel. Seriously great read-and a fast one too.
book58lover on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fabulously written book about the two biggest opponents of the 70s, Roger Stauback's Cowboys and Terry Bradshaw's Steelers. But how did they get there? What made these two teams so dominant? Millman begins by outlining the oil industry of Texas and the coal/steel industries of Pittsburgh which built those cities, and the people that worked in them. The bitter union activities of the men of the industry and how that brutal work defined the social milieu. The teams fit the cities and it was only a matter of time before they clashed. An excellent history of the NFL and the establishment of various teams and the joining of the NFL and AFL. And a big plus for Steeler fans. The organization comes off as truely the team of the 70s despite what the Cryboys called themselves. Well written and very easy to read, this book will have you laughing and crying and remembering. A great sports read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Extremely awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I bought this book for my husband..an avid Pittsburgh Steeler fan. He found it to be informative and interesting.
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Bobby Ellis More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book for my girlfriends dad and dexideed to read it before I gifted it. Before reading the book I wasn't really a football or Steelers fan but now I can say that I'm huge Steelers fan and I've come to appreciate the power that football can have.
SlapShot62 More than 1 year ago
This was such a great book about the development of the 1970s Steelers and, to a lesser extent, the 1970s Cowboys. A fine walk down memory lane for a guy who grew up during that decade - but Millman could have added so much more to the book. Loved it, but it could, and should, have been so much more.
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