Cover image for America's greatest game : the real story of football and the NFL
America's greatest game : the real story of football and the NFL
Buckley, James, Jr., 1963-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, [1998]

Physical Description:
64 pages : color illustrations ; 24 x 28 cm
A historical overview of how the game of football has evolved through the years and how the National Football League began.
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GV955.5.N35 B83 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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In this stunning picture book, the National Football League brings us the story of football. Full-color photos, illustrations, and sidebars explain football's history from when it was played without rules or facemasks to the creation of the NFL, to the modern-day Super Bowl, one of the most watched sports events in the world. Updated through the 1997 season, the book includes a bonus section on Super Bowl XXXII. From statistics, to great players, to football terminology, this book captures the heart of this celebrated American tradition.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6‘This book consists mainly of outstanding full-color photographs of players at various levels of proficiency from peewee to pro. Readers also get a whirlwind tour of football history, profiles of a handful of current NFL standouts, and a chapter dealing with game-day traditions. This last section includes some especially memorable images: uniformed midshipmen being tossed around the stands during a Navy game; a double-page spread of a high school contest being played in a stadium that would be the envy of many a college program; and the charging figure of Ralphie, the full-grown buffalo who is the mascot of the University of Colorado team. Another noteworthy feature is the eight-page concluding chapter covering Super Bowl XXXII. Certain to be a popular browsing item for young football fans, this is by no means a necessary purchase; however, it is an attractive addition for libraries blessed with generous budgets.‘Richard Luzer, Fair Haven Union High School, VT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.