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Rites of Autumn: The Story of College Football
by Richard Whittingham, Roger Staubach
Listed under College Football

Tales from Michigan Stadium
by Jim Brandstatter
Listed under College Football

Horns, Hogs, and Nixon Coming
by Terry Frei
The story of the memorable 1969 college football match between Texas and Arkansas.
Listed under College Football

All Things Possible : My Story of Faith, Football, and the Miracle Season
by Kurt Warner, Michael Silver (Contributor)
Hardcover - 288 pages (August 1, )
Harper San Francisco; ISBN: 0062517171

Official Playing Rules of the National Football League
by Larry Upson (Editor)
Listed under NFL

When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi
by David Maraniss
Hardcover - 544 pages 
Simon & Schuster; ISBN: 0684844184

More Books on Football
The Everything Kids Football Book: The all-time greats, legendary teams, today s superstars--and tips on playing like a pro (Everything Kids Series)
The Everything Kids' Football Book: The all-time greats, legendary teams, today's superstars--and tips on playing like a pro (Everything Kids Series)
by Greg Jacobs
Paperback from Adams Media
ISBN: 144050413X

Do You Know:

What team has won the most Super Bowls?
What a screen pass is--or a zone blitz?
Who is the only defensive player ever to win the Heisman Trophy?

Score a touchdown with these game-winning fun facts, strategies, and puzzles!

Completely revised and updated, this guide answers these questions and more! Filled with the latest stats, tackle-worthy trivia, and 30 fun puzzles, this pass-rushing book shows you how to:

  • Set up defensive and offensive plays like a pro
  • Master the rules of tackle football
  • Keep tabs on your favorite players? stats
  • Predict what teams will play in the Super Bowl
  • Understand and map out on-field strategies
  • Start a fantasy league with your friends
STATS reporter Greg Jacobs gives you all you need to know about your favorite sport--so you can gain those first downs like a pro!
Take Your Eye Off the Ball: How to Watch Football by Knowing Where to Look
Take Your Eye Off the Ball: How to Watch Football by Knowing Where to Look
by Pat Kirwan, David Seigerman
Paperback from Triumph Books
ISBN: 1600783910

Today's NFL fans have more viewing options than ever before. Each and every week, football addicts plant themselves in front of big-screen, high-definition TVs and watch the game they love unfold via slow-motion replays and multiple camera angles, pausing and fast-forwarding the action on their DVRs as they please.
Yet while more and more football fans are watching the NFL each week, many of them don't know exactly what they should be watching. What does the offense's formation tell you about the play that's about to be run? When a quarterback throws a pass toward the sideline and the wide receiver cuts inside, which player is to blame? Why does a defensive end look like a Hall of Famer one week and a candidate for the practice squad the next?
These are the questions football fans ask during every game they watch, and for too long, they've lacked the kind of insight and information that courses through coaches' offices, locker rooms, and meetings throughout the NFL. Football fans are starving to learn more about the game they love, to appreciate the intricacies of their sport the way baseball fans do theirs. Now Pat Kirwan, popular analyst for and Sirius NFL Radio and a veteran front office executive, and co-author David Seigerman present Take Your Eye Off the Ball, a book that takes you inside a coach's mind as he builds a roster or constructs a game plan, to the line of scrimmage with the quarterback, and deep into the perpetual chess match between offense and defense.
Take Your Eye Off the Ball is not a beginner's introduction to football, nor is it a technical manual for only the most studious of fans. Instead, it clearly and simply explains the intricacies and nuances that affect the outcomes of every NFL game. No more passively watching the action unfold with only the TV analyst's clichÃÆ©s to guide you, no more wondering why one player is on the field and not another. Take Your Eye Off the Ball:
* Explains the pros and cons of different personnel groups
* Tells you what to look for when projecting a college quarterback's success in the NFL
* Gives fans a simple, easy-to-remember checklist to help them understand the action on the field
Baseball claims to be America's national pastime, but football is its passion. Take Your Eye Off the Ball will make fans feel like they've got their own personal head coach by their side each and every Sunday, enhancing the fan experience by making football more accessible, colorful, and compelling than ever before.
Sports Illustrated The Football Book Expanded Edition
Sports Illustrated The Football Book Expanded Edition
by Editors of Sports Illustrated
Hardcover from Sports Illustrated
ISBN: 1603200843

The NFL has never been hotter--witness the $21.4 billion it will rake in on the TV-rights deals now in place (not to mention its own network), the proliferation of football news and information and the game's booming popularity among sports fans, including the 23 millioin who read SPORTS ILLUSTRATED every week. These 320 pages capture, in breathtaking words and pictures, the essence of America's game: the players and performances, the crucial moments and classic matchups, the enduring dynastics and unique characters that have made pro football the new national pastime.
Jonestown: The Power and the Myth of Alan Jones
by Chris Masters
Listed under Alan Jones
My Football Book
My Football Book
by Gail Gibbons
Hardcover from HarperCollins
Media Published: 2000-
ISBN: 0688171397

Football is fun--let's play!

Find all the basics in this lively guide.

  • The markings on a football field
  • What football players wear
  • The positions, from quarterback to wide receiver
  • The excitement of the kickoff
  • The thrill of scoring a touchdown
All these and more are included with a useful glossary at the end.
Football Genius
Football Genius
by Tim Green
Paperback from HarperCollins
Media Published: 2008-
ISBN: 0061122734

Troy White can predict any football play before it happens. And when his single mom gets a job with the Atlanta Falcons, Troy knows it's his big chance to help them out of their slump--and finally prove his football genius. But unless Troy can convince star linebacker Seth Halloway that he's telling the truth, the Falcons' championship--and Troy's mom's job--are in serious jeopardy.

Sports Illustrated Blood, Sweat and Chalk: Inside Football s Playbook: How the Great Coaches Built Today s Game
Sports Illustrated Blood, Sweat & Chalk: Inside Football's Playbook: How the Great Coaches Built Today's Game
by Tim Layden
Paperback from Sports Illustrated
ISBN: 1603208887

The plays used by high school, college, and pro football teams have come a long way from the days of the "T" formation. Today, the typical NFL playbook is complex enough to give a calculus textbook a run for its money-and long enough to be given to players on laptop computers. Plays like the end-around, the Hail Mary, and the counter-trey bear the insignia of some of the game's great innovators and the players that inspired them, while the newest schemes and plays used in the pros and college are quickly studied and copied throughout the country. These days, even middle-school teams in Pop Warner leagues are running complex plays, memorized by playing them out in John Madden Football. In Blood, Sweat and Chalk, Tim Layden will take readers back to the origins of the offenses and defenses that have changed the course of football and the men behind them. Readers will be delivered to the meeting rooms (and, in some cases, living rooms) where signifi cant schemes were hatched, including the popular one-back spread offense that was fi rst created by John Elway's high school coach to take advantage of his star quarterback's scrambling ability; the origins of the blitz; and the long reign of the triple option as a staple offense for high school and college. The book will also give readers a behind-the-scenes look at how a modern NFL team formulates its game plan for the upcoming season, and will provide a tutorial for fans to better understand the powerful head games that go hand-in-hand with the big hits.
The Dog That Stole Football Plays (Matt Christopher Sports Readers)
The Dog That Stole Football Plays (Matt Christopher Sports Readers)
by Matt Christopher
Paperback from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0316134236

Mike's football team is really put to the test when Harry, his telepathic dog, has to stay home. Can the team win without Harry's supernatural advice?
The Complete Idiot s Guide to Understanding Football
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Football
by Mike Beacom
Paperback from Alpha
ISBN: 1615640428

Don't feel left out in the roar of the crowd. 
Football is the most popular sport in America today. It's also the most complicated, especially to those who watch their loved ones hibernate in football heaven from September to February. Here's the book that levels the playing field for novices, giving them a simple, clear, and comprehensive guide worthy of a Lombardi Trophy. Finally, get in the game with:
·Basic rules and objectives
·Player position, strategies, formations, and plays
·The business of football
·Differences between high school, college, and pro football
·Fantasy football
Autumn's Cathedrals
by Jason Wolfe, Stephanie Wolfe
Hardcover from Publishers Design Group

Echoes of Notre Dame Football: Great and Memorable Moments of the Fighting Irish
by Joe Garner, et al
Listed under College Football

Football For Dummies®
by Howie Long, et al
(Paperback - )

A War in Dixie : Alabama V. Auburn
by Ivan Maisel, et al

Best Shots: The Greatest NFL Photography of the Century
by Tom Barnidge
Listed under NFL

Football's Attacking 46 Bear Defense
by Kenny Ratledge

Fourth Down and Life to Go
by Tony L. Franklin

Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream
by H. G. Bissinger, Rob, Jr. Clark (Photographer)

AFCA's Defensive Football Drills
by American Football Coaches Association, Grant Teaff
Listed under Coaching
Never Die Easy : The Autobiography of Walter Payton
Never Die Easy : The Autobiography of Walter Payton
Walter Payton's premature passing forced a rethinking of his autobiography that completely sidesteps the self-importance that dominates sports memoirs in general. Never Die Easy isn't a traditional autobiography at all. It's an oral history disguised as autobiography that relates the saga of the most exquisite running back in NFL history through an interweaving of Payton's words and the words of those who knew him, with necessary transitions and narrative bridged by his collaborator. The result is an appealing hybrid that mirrors Payton's quiet modesty. "He had not just been a great football player," writes Yaeger, "he had been a role model in an age when role models were in short supply."
The Payton that emerges is a man of great skill, decency, passion, and charity: a man beloved. Naturally, there's lots of football in Never Die Easy--the title comes from a saying of Payton's college coach--with eyewitness testimony provided by the likes of Mike Ditka, Mike Singletary, Jim McMahon, Franco Harris, Matt Suhey, and even Jim Brown, whose career rushing record Payton leaped over. But there is also lots of family: the voices of his wife, children, brother, and sister are heard.

But mostly, there is Walter Payton. It's his own unmistakably high-pitched voice that resonates throughout; he sets down the melody and the others harmonize. Payton was certainly astute about the game and his abilities, forthcoming both in triumph and failure--his unsuccessful attempt at winning the NFL franchise in St. Louis was a terrible post-career blow--and utterly decent. How many other superstar athletes could say, convincingly, "Too many of us only take. We don't give." Payton gave to the end--a man who died for want of an organ was willing and eager to donate his own. It was the ultimate testimony of his refined, unforgettable Sweetness. Never Die Easy offers a fair, honest, appreciative taste. --Jeff Silverman -
Paperback from Random House Trade Paperbacks

Never Die Easy : The Autobiography of Walter Payton
by Walter Payton, et al

It's Only a Game
by Terry Bradshaw, David Fisher (Contributor)

I Remember Tom Landry
by Denne Freeman, Jaime Aron

One Great Game : Two Teams, Two Dreams, in the First Ever National Championship High School Football Game
by Don Wallace
Hardcover from Atria Books

NFL's Greatest: Pro Football's Best Players, Teams, and Games
by National Football League (Editor), et al
Listed under Professional Football

Tradition: Bo Schembechler's Michigan Memories
by Bo Schembechler, Dan Ewald
Hardcover from Huron River Press


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