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The Ones Who Hit the Hardest by Chad Millman
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A very good book by Chad Millman on the Pittsburgh Steelers, the best NFL team of the 1970's.

This book takes you on a journey from the very humble beginnings of the franchise, and through the 1970's when the Steel Curtain became one of the best defenses of all time. Included are great stories on individual players such as Terry Bradshaw, "Mean" Joe Greene, Jack Lambert, Lynn Swann, John Stallworth and Dwight White. There is also a lot on head coach Chuck Noll.

A side story throughout the book is how the people working in the coal mines of Pittsburgh really needed this team to do well, since basically nothing else was going right for them in their very difficult profession.

This book does not get five stars because I thought it ended like No Country for Old Men. The book takes its time on its first two Super Bowl seasons, but then rushes through it's last one as if it was the last hurrah. But it wasn't. The team won another Super Bowl in 1980, for the 1979 season, which was the very next year. Why not include it? The Steelers are known for having four Super Bowl seasons in one decade. Only one other team, the 49ers, has done that. It's rare, so why not include it? Then, you also need a where are they now chapter. What happened to all these characters? Did they finish up with Pittsburgh, or move on to another team? Those questions need to be answered.

Overall, a good read by Millman, and I do look forward to his next book. All Steeler fans and fans of the NFL will like this.
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December 10, 2010 – Shelved
February 5, 2011 – Started Reading
February 5, 2011 –
February 15, 2011 – Finished Reading

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