On the heels of the successful Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary Book comes a spectacular celebration of professional football that will be treasured by fans of America's Game. With the same kind of unforgettable photographs and award-winning writing that made the SI's 50th Anniversary Book a best-seller, this lavish coffee-table volume brings to life the bone-rattling action of NFL football and the extraordinary athletes who have made it America's true national pastime. In 256 oversized pages, The Football Book commemorates the dynasties and the dominating players, the crucial plays and classic games, the personalities and performances that propelled the NFL during SI's first 50 years of publication, from a marginal, ragtag league to the biggest game in town.
Compilation of articles and images from Sports illustrated.
Introduction / Rick Reilly -- Game that was / Myron Cope -- How does it really feel? / Roy Blount Jr. -- Concrete Charlie / John Schulian -- Confessions of a pro / Alex Hawkins; Myron Cope -- Lion king / Paul Zimmerman -- Passing marks / Michael Silver -- Last angry men / Rick Telander -- Sweet life of swinging Joe / Dan Jenkins -- Fury on the field / Paul Zimmerman -- Frozen in time / Johnette Howard -- Day World War II kicked off / S.L. Price -- Best there ever was / Frank Deford -- Toughest job in sports / Peter King -- Ultimate winner / Paul Zimmerman -- Zero of the Lions / George Plimpton -- Anything I can get away with / Daphne Hurford -- Emmitt's domain / S.L. Price -- Brilliant case for the defense / Paul Zimmerman -- Greatest player you never saw / Peter King -- Mad dash / Ivan Maisel -- Getting there the hard way / Rick Telander -- Lord of the realm / John Ed Bradley -- Muddied but unbowed / Jeff MacGregor -- Viking conquest / Steve Rusbin -- Crash course / Peter King -- Immaculate reception / Myron Cope -- Night moves / Paul Zimmerman -- Let's hand it to him / Rick Telander -- Code of honor / Gary Smith -- Big bang theory / Austin Murphy -- Day of the game / Vince Lombardi; W.C. Heinz -- Passing time / Leigh Montville -- Game no one should have lost / John Underwood -- Blitzes / Paul Zimmerman -- Getting nowhere fast / Robert F. Jones -- Three-ring circus / Michael Silver -- Final score / Paul Zimmerman; David Sabino.