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Sunday's heroes : NFL legends talk about the times of their lives
Whittingham, Richard, 1939-2005.
Publication Information:
Chicago : Triumph Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
xviii, 220 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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National Football League legends talk about the times of their lives, and their accounts bring to life the blood, sweat, tears, triumph, laughter, and cheers that have defined the NFL for more than 80 seasons.

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Booklist Review

A coffee-table book with 200 old photos and plenty of first-person recollections from Hall of Fame players. Whittingham, who has written a number of football books, is an able tour guide and a solid writer. His goal is to let readers know what it's like to suit up on Sunday, and he makes a good run at it, thanks in equal measure to his informative text, interspersed with quotes and anecdotes from dozens of former players and coaches, and the hundreds of action photos. The best chapter is titled "Mayhem, Violence and Pain," which combines humor (legendary linebacker Sam Huff describing a wild practice-session fracas) with a sobering reminder of how damaging the game can be to the men who play it: "I didn't know it then," says Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus, "but pain would be with me for the rest of my life." Pair this with Pro Football's Heroes of the Hall (see above) for the season's best NFL coffee-table fare. --Kevin Canfield Copyright 2003 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Occasionally, a book sets itself apart with both its content and its graphic presentation. This is one of those books, and to boot, one of the few that adequately deals with the early history of the National Football League. Previous histories of the game's early years have recycled the same photographs time after time, but this work features several truly unusual and outstanding pictures that this reviewer has never seen before. Whittingham, who has written extensively about pro football, interviewed many of the early figures and gathered reports on many who have died to produce a collection of anecdotes that is one of the finest books about the history of the NFL to appear in the mass market. The author is particularly adept at weaving the personal anecdote and interview with the historical record. Professional football fans, no matter what their age, and even younger followers will find this to be a fine introduction to the history and people who were so important in the formation of what is probably today truly America's national pastime. Enthusiastically recommended.-William O. Scheeren, formerly with Hempfield Area H.S. Lib., Greensburg, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Mike DitkaPat Summerall
Forewordp. xi
Author's Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Chapter 1 Soft Helmets, Hard Headsp. 1
Chapter 2 Curious Insightsp. 24
Chapter 3 Views from the Sidelinesp. 56
Chapter 4 Mayhem, Violence, and Painp. 86
Chapter 5 On the Wackier Sidep. 116
Chapter 6 Personalitiesp. 144
Chapter 7 The Ultimate Gamep. 172
Afterwordp. 205
Bibliographyp. 207
Indexp. 209