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Won for all : the inside story of the New England Patriots' improbable run to the Super Bowl
Johnson, Pepper.
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Chicago : Contemporary Books, [2003]

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xii, 252 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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An insider look at the New England Patriots' amazing championship seasonFrom an inauspicious beginning and against all expectations, the 2001 Patriots fought their way from last place to an upset Super Bowl XXXVI victory over the heavily favored St. Louis Rams, completing a remarkable season that will not soon be forgotten.Now "Won for All gives fans the inside story behind this amazing run to victory. Pepper Johnson, the Patriots' inside linebackers coach and a 13-year NFL veteran, follows the Pats from training camp to Adam Vinatieri's game-winning field goal and its aftermath, revealing the behind-the-scenes story of how a great football team, maligned for decades, overcame injuries and distractions to win it all. Alongside his retelling of the Patriots season, Johnson also gives the reader an authentic, behind-the-scenes glimpse of pro football as it is played today.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

After losing three of the first four games in the 2001-2002 season, the New England Patriots roared back to finish the year with an 11-5 record and completed the surprising turnaround by beating the St. Louis Rams in one of the most exciting Super Bowls in NFL history. Johnson, who played linebacker for 13 years, joined New England as an unpaid liaison in 2000 and was the inside linebackers' coach during the championship season. Although Johnson does reminisce about his playing days (particularly his years with the New York Giants), he gives a first-rate account of the Patriots' transformation from a 5-11 team in 2000 to Super Bowl champs the following season. Johnson, writing with Gutman (Parcells: A Biography), picks up the story at the end the 2001-2002 season, then backtracks readers from training camp through the Super Bowl. Along the way, he describes how head coach Bill Belichick created a winning team by weeding out players who did not fit his playing style. Johnson does a terrific job of bringing readers into the Patriots' locker room as he discusses strategy about each game while also providing an insider's perspective on various members of the team; an especially compelling chapter deals with a week in the life of an NFL coach, illustrating the pressures coaches face each week in the season. Patriot fans will no doubt enjoy this recap of the Super Bowl run, as will fans who want a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes in professional football. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Carl Banks
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
1. Starting from Scratch: A New Yearp. 1
2. A Game of Transitionsp. 27
3. The First Four Games: Beginning on a Sour Notep. 41
4. Personalities and Comparisonsp. 57
5. The Second Four Games: Righting a Sinking Shipp. 71
6. A Week in the Life of an NFL Coachp. 91
7. The Third Four Games: The Playoffs Become Realityp. 117
8. Dealing with Distractionsp. 137
9. The Final Four Games: A Division Title Up for Grabsp. 149
10. The Snow Gamep. 165
11. Bending Steel: AFC Championsp. 189
12. A Victory for the Agesp. 209
Epiloguep. 231
Indexp. 245