Your Super Bowl Reading List
Are you ready for some football…reading? Before Sunday's Super Bowl kicks off, Lady Gaga performs the halftime show, and the Puppy Bowl distracts us briefly from the score, why not catch up on on some great books about this American tradition?
What's your favorite book about the great game of football? Tell us in the comments.
Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger:
The book that launched the movie that launched the television show, this look at the 1988 Permian High School Panthers out of Odessa, Texas, is an unflinching look at the game and the culture around it.
The Blind Side by Michael Lewis:
Another football classic that was made into a movie, this is a story of a young man who—with the love of a found family—defied the odds stacked against him to become a professional football player.
When Pride Still Mattered : A Life Of Vince Lombardi by David Maraniss:
You simply can't write about football without mentioning the sport's guru. Lombardi took the sport and made it into an American experience. This biography takes a look at the man behind the myth.
Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices & Priorities of a Winning Life by Tony Dungy:
Dungy, a former NFL player and coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Indianapolis Colts, was the first African American head coach to win the Super Bowl. Here the even-keeled coach tells us the keys to his success.
Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback by George Plimpton:
This journalist is better known as a literary editor who helped found The Paris Review. But here Plimpton recounts how he talked his way into training camp…not as a reporter but as a player with the Detroit Lions.
Instant Replay: The Green Bay Diary of Jerry Kramer by Jerry Kramer:
When Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Jerry Kramer decided to keep a journal of his tenth year with the team, he had no idea that his diary would end up capturing an insider's view of an epic 1967 football season that would end with the 'Ice Bowl' against Dallas.
The Education of a Coach by David Halberstam:
Love them or hate them, the New England Patriots tend to dominate the competition. Here Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Halberstam focused on Coach Bill Belichick for this profile in leadership.
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