Your Super Bowl Reading List

Posted by Cybil on February 3, 2017


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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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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message 1: by Stephen (new)

Stephen You should add Gunslinger (biography of Brett Favre) to this list.


message 2: by Jr (new)

Jr Bacdayan John Grisham's novels on American Football: Bleachers and Playing for Pizza should be on this list as well.


message 3: by Carla (new)

Carla M You should add Silver Linings Playbook


message 4: by Nissa (new)

Nissa I absolutely loved The Blind Side and I was lucky to have won a signed copy of Friday Night Lights last year. These are the only two books I have read in this collection. Since I'm a huge Dallas Cowboys fan I have also read The Last Cowboy: A Life of Tom Landry. I also agree with Carla and I think Silver Linings Playbook should have been added to the list.


message 5: by Paul (last edited Feb 04, 2017 03:37PM) (new)

Paul E. Morph What, no Black Sunday by Thomas Harris?


message 6: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Novik What about books on the CFL? That I would read!


message 7: by [deleted user] (new)

Lady Gaga yaaaaas!!!


message 9: by Bill (new)

Bill Stephen wrote: "What about books on the CFL? That I would read!"

I know there's a bunch, but it's not easy to fijd here in the US.


message 10: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Novik Bill wrote: "Stephen wrote: "What about books on the CFL? That I would read!"

I know there's a bunch, but it's not easy to fijd here in the US."


Thanks, eh! Enjoy the game!


message 11: by Ajoy (new)

Ajoy Chakraborty Thanks for the list. I have read Friday Night Lights, and i loved this book.

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message 13: by Laura (new)

Laura Dam i guess there are a lot more books about football (soccer) since it's widely popular


message 14: by Majid (last edited Jun 21, 2017 07:08AM) (new)

Majid Great books love to read them.

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