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Sunday, August 21, 2011

100 Yards of Glory: The Greatest Moments in NFL History - Joe Garner and Bob Costas




Released November 2011

Houghton Mifflin Hardcourt
NFL

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

I won't even try to compare myself to my husband when it comes to football rules and trivia. He's been a diehard fan of the Patriots and the 49er's for decades. In the 20 years I've been married to him, I've learned a lot and I'm certain I have more to learn. 100 Yards of Glory proved that there are things I never knew about football and the men who've made a name for themselves playing this popular sport.

My foray into the world of football started with a game back in 1990 between the Saints and the Patriots when I worked for a travel agency. I surprised my hubby with tickets to the game and accommodations in the same hotel where the Saints were staying. Bobby Hebert and his teammates were the exact opposite of what I was expecting.  They were incredibly friendly, the picture of manners and compassion, and my nephew had the time of his life getting autographs. The Saints changed my opinion of professional athletes and I started following them from that point on. 100 Yards of Glory delves into details regarding the players, the teams and their coaches.

The book begins with an introduction by Joe Montana. While he's one of my husband's favorite players, I admit that my experience with Mr. Montana came from a song and dance number he did for a kid's show called Kangaroddy. I'm certain that's not how he wants to be remembered, but I'll never forget that one show. After that, the different dynasties (Patriots, Cowboys, 49ers, Steelers, etc.) are discussed starting with the Bulldogs in the 1920s. The book continues into NFL championships, unforgettable Super Bowl games, unbelievable plays and the best quarterbacks and coaches.

I learned a lot along the way. I'd heard of Johnny Unitas, but I never knew he was so tiny. Realistically, he was 30 pounds heavier than my size 0 daughter. This is only one of many things I learned about the players, the teams and the coaches. Diehard fans, like my husband, may find much of this material to be common knowledge (that is what my husband said when he read it), but for the newcomer, this is an amazing resource.




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