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Offensive Football Strategies
American Football Coaches Association
0736001395
Dec 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
Use strategies straight from many of football’s all-time greatest coaches! Offensive Football Strategies offers you special access to the sharpest football minds in the game’s history. Pick and choose portions to use to optimize your game plan each season and each game. Offensive Football Strategies is the most comprehensive and detailed book of its kind, containing the most popular and effective offensive philosophies, systems, formations, and plays over the past 40 years. This extensive collection includes 73 articles written by many of the greatest coaching strategists, including Bob Devaney, Bear Bryant, John McKay, Joe Paterno, Tom Osborne, Marv Levy, Hayden Fry, LaVell Edwards, Steve Spurrier, and many more. The articles are organized into the following sections: • Developing a System
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Defensive Football Strategies
American Football Coaches Association
0736001425
Sept 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
Now you can build the kind of defense that wins championships with Defensive Football Strategies. This complete collection of tactics, teachings, and insights comes from many of the games best defensive minds from over the past 40 years. Inside you’ll find winning strategies from 90 top coaches, including Jerry Sandusky of Penn State, Charlie McBride of the University of Nebraska, R.C. Slocum of Texas A & M., and Bo Schembechler of the University of Michigan. With the help of more than 600 X-and-O diagrams, they show you how to counter common offensive formations and attacks, stop the running game and passing game, make down-and-distance decisions, and defend the goal line. Defensive Football Strategies was developed in cooperation with the American Football Coaches Association. It’s a one-of-a-kind...


The Football Coaching Bible
American Football Coaches Association
0736044116
Aug 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
The Football Coaching Bible features many of the game’s most successful coaches. Each shares the special insight, advice, and strategies they’ve used to field championship-winning teams season after season. The 27 chapter contributing coaches span six decades of the sport and reach into every corner of the United States. The impressive list of contributors: Joe Paterno Bobby Bowden Tom Osborne Hayden Fry Jim Young Sonny Lubick Phil Fulmer Jerry Sandusky Mike Bellotti Dick Foster Frosty Westering Barry Alvarez Grant Teaff Mack Brown Fisher DeBerry Gene Stallings Larry Kehres George Curry Jim Tressel Bill Snyder Bo Schembechler R.C. Slocum Lou Holtz Joe Tiller LaVell Edwards Ken Sparks Frank Beamer They cover every aspect of the game: coaching principles,...


By My Brother's Side
Tiki Barber
0689865597
August 2004
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 1-5–NFL stars Tiki and Ronde Barber present sports fans with a sun-drenched childhood anecdote about perseverance. Although the twins were "born smaller than most babies," they grew up to be a rowdy pair. The boys never left one another's side until the summer when Tiki took a bad spill from his bike and broke his leg, forcing him to miss the entire baseball season. The narrative follows the siblings' agony during their summer-long separation and their eventual joy at being teammates again. Despite its lengthy, lackluster text and a somewhat anticlimactic ending, the authors' role-model status will attract an audience, and Root's soft, watercolor-and-gouache illustrations will capture readers' imaginations. Vibrant oranges and yellows suffuse the pages, creating a sense of nostalgia. Similar to...


Football Coaching Strategies
Grant Teaff
0873228693
Jan 1995
Paperback
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Book Description
Football Coaching Strategies is an invaluable source of football wisdom. Inside you’ll find 67 informative articles contributed during the last 25 years by many of the greatest football coaches the game has ever known. The book features 349 detailed diagrams and covers every crucial aspect of the game: • 28 articles on offense; • 19 articles on defense; • 7 articles on special teams; and • 13 articles on philosophy, motivation, and management. Edited by the American Football Coaches Association, this collection of gridiron strategies lets you tap into the creative genius and enduring principles that have shaped the game. It’s the one book that every serious football coach, player, and fan will treasure.

From the Publisher
"This book provides...


Never Die Easy
Walter Payton
0375758216
September 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
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...



Where Dreams Die Hard
Carlton Stowers
0306814048
Sept 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In tiny Penelope, Texas, population 211, six-man football rules. The game is a scaled-down version of the more common 11-man version, originally designed in the 1930s by a Nebraska coach who wanted small, rural schools to be able to have football teams. Fast forward to today, and six-man football thrives in small Texas communities, where it's played among high schools that have fewer than 99 students. Stowers, a Texas journalist, went to Penelope to observe the world of small-town, small-team football. He intersperses his observations of football practices with interviews with various members of the community, and in doing so paints a picture of present-day rural life. The book poses questions surrounding the survival of small towns, as Stowers himself wonders whether the students he's observing will actually...


LT: Over the Edge: Tackling Quarterbacks, Drugs, and a World Beyond Football
Lawrence Taylor
0061031496
August 2004
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In this slapdash effort, former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor and a supporting cast of characters recall the football legend's career and personal struggle with drug addiction. On the field, Taylor was universally regarded as the greatest defensive football player in the game's history. His size, speed and ferocity led the Giants to two Super Bowl championships in 1986 and 1990, and earned Taylor an exalted place in NFL folklore, as well as in the record books and in the Football Hall of Fame. All this for a player, readers learn, who rarely worked out, practiced lazily and played many of his awe-inspiring games hungover. While he was succeeding on the field, off the field Taylor's life was out of control. He was addicted to cocaine and to a hard-partying lifestyle that eventually led to a divorce,...


Going Long
Jeff Miller
0071418490
July 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Before it merged with the NFL in 1970, the American Football League helped usher into the limelight such cultural monuments as Joe Namath, O. J. Simpson and the Super Bowl. This meandering oral history of the AFL's 10-year existence, featuring interspliced interviews with 170 players, owners, coaches, secretaries and media personalities, is as inchoately supportive as a roaring stadium. Dallas Morning News sports editor Miller (Down to the Wire) styles the saga as a grudge match between scrappy AFL upstarts and NFL bullies, but, as in many sports stories, athletic rivalries obscure the workings of monopoly capital. The league started when the NFL dragged its feet in extending franchises to wealthy men in small-market cities; and it ended when the two leagues merged to halt the inter-league bidding wars that were...


Where Dreams Die Hard
Carlton Stowers
0306814978
Sept 2006
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In tiny Penelope, Texas, population 211, six-man football rules. The game is a scaled-down version of the more common 11-man version, originally designed in the 1930s by a Nebraska coach who wanted small, rural schools to be able to have football teams. Fast forward to today, and six-man football thrives in small Texas communities, where it's played among high schools that have fewer than 99 students. Stowers, a Texas journalist, went to Penelope to observe the world of small-town, small-team football. He intersperses his observations of football practices with interviews with various members of the community, and in doing so paints a picture of present-day rural life. The book poses questions surrounding the survival of small towns, as Stowers himself wonders whether the students he's observing will actually...


The Lion in Autumn: A Season with Joe Paterno and Penn State Football
Frank Fitzpatrick
159240149X
September 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
While the title of this book may be overstated, its subtitle is certainly understated: veteran sports writer Fitzpatrick's account is more a biography of Paterno-and thus a biography of Penn State football as it is known today-related through the ups and downs of the 2004 season, the team's fourth consecutive losing season. Chapters effortlessly breeze from anecdotes from Paterno's boyhood to the Nittany Lions glory days of the 1980s to the action on the field in 2004, united by a central problem facing Paterno and the Penn State community: what do you do when a legend falters? Now in his eighties and after a long stretch of winning seasons earned by a unique combination of gridiron savvy and personal, educational and spiritual guidance (an Ivy League graduate, Paterno is known to recite Shakespeare at pep...


Biographical Dictionary of American Sports
David L. Porter
031325771X
Oct 1987
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Covering 520 notable college and professional football players, coaches, executives, rules developers, and promoters, this volume provides short (300-900 words), signed sketches listing personal and career information. Ronald Mendell's Who's Who in Football ( LJ 3/1/75) has 1400 personalities in briefer entries. Porter is more current and detailed and also provides brief bibliographies, cross-references, and appendixes listing entries by main category (e.g., player), main position played, etc. This is the second volume in the Biographical Dictionary of American Sports . Volume 1 covers baseball; two more volumes are forthcoming. Useful for most public libraries. Robert Aken, Univ. of Kentucky Lib., LexingtonCopyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Out of Bounds
Roy Simmons
0786716819
December 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In 1992, on the Phil Donahue show, former NFL offensive lineman Roy Simmons let the world in on his secret: Simmons, a seven-year veteran of the NFL who had traded the gridiron for a crackpipe, was gay. Only the second NFL player to admit he was gay (a third, Esera Tuaolo, has since made the announcement), Simmons's confession shocked the sports world. But it is what led up to that show that proves even more shocking. In this gritty, unflinching memoir, Simmons recounts how keeping his sexuality tucked tightly under his football pads steered him into a clandestine life filled with sex, drugs, sex, lies and sex. Unlike recently celebrated and bestselling rehab memoirs, Simmons's story has no happy ending. Nor is there a happy beginning or happy middle. And be forewarned: Simmons pulls no punches in speaking...


The Aristocrat
Catherine Coulter
0778321738
November 2005
Paperback
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Publishers Weekly on The Cove
"A fast-paced, solidly structured read."

Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Catherine Coulter delivers."

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Biographical Dictionary of American Sports
David L. Porter
0313267065
June 1992
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
This third of four volumes in the BDAS (the others cover baseball, LJ 4/15/88, football, LJ 10/15/87, and indoor sports, available now) provides 520 biographical sketches of amateur and professional figures in nine outdoor sports (e.g., golf, horse racing, tennis, and track and field). Entries include name, birth and death places and dates, data on parents, education, spouse, children, 200-900-word signed essays, and brief bibliographies. Coverage, which focuses on 20th-century figures who have made a major contribution to their sport, includes coaches, administrators, and media personalities in addition to players. Helpful appendixes provide a variety of access points (as does the detailed index), as well as 55 horse biographies and lists of organizations, major sports events, and periodicals. A solid work for...


The Red Zone
Tim Green
0446607568
September 1999
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
A new publisher, a new title (this book was reviewed as Marauders in PW on Mar. 3, 1997, but was never issued) and an alleged rewrite are among the alterations in Green's latest sports-based suspense title. And, while the action still clips along at a sprightly pace, Green fails to improve the by-the-numbers resolution that originally plagued this story about a lethal NFL linebacker who goes on a killing spree. Florida Marauders star Luther Zorn becomes a prospective client for attorney Madison McCall (first introduced in Green's Outlaws) when McCall's boss forces her into the role of sports agent. But Zorn goes from starter to suspect when team owner Evan Chase is killed in a suspicious swimming accident, and McCall quickly finds herself defending a client who faces a pileup of damning evidence, including his...


Creating the Big Game
Wiley L. Umphlett
0313284040
Oct 1992
Hardcover
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Review
“it gives an excellent feel for the primitive nature of the early game and the resistance to progressive changes] [A valuable addition to any library.”–Choice
“A definitive book not only about Heisman's life, but it reveals him in relationship to his time. So we get a broad football education as well. Books of this scholarly type are often dry reading, but not this.”–The Sportsbook file

Book Description
This book is a bio-cultural examination of John William Heisman, his times, and his many contributions to the development of intercollegiate football in America. In singling out his many contributions to the development of football (in particular, his championing of the forward pass), this book not only tells the story of Heisman's life but also...

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