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The Last Headbangers - by Kevin Cook (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 278

Genre: Sports + Recreation

Sub-Genre: Football

Format: Paperback

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Author: Kevin Cook

Language: English

Street Date: August 26, 2013
TCIN: 78572532
UPC: 9780393345872
Item Number (DPCI): 247-35-2944

Description

Between the Immaculate Reception in 1972 and The Catch in 1982, pro football grew up. In 1972, Steelers star Franco Harris hitchhiked to practice. NFL teams roomed in skanky motels. They played on guts, painkillers, legal steroids, fury, and camaraderie. A decade later, Joe Montana's gleamingly efficient 49ers ushered in a new era: the corporate, scripted, multibillion-dollar NFL we watch today. Kevin Cook's rollicking chronicle of this pivotal decade draws on interviews with legendary players--Harris, Montana, Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach, Ken "Snake" Stabler--to re-create their heroics and off-field carousing. He shows coaches John Madden and Bill Walsh outsmarting rivals as Monday Night Football redefined sports' place in American life. Celebrating the game while lamenting the physical toll it took on football's greatest generation, Cook diagrams the NFL's transformation from second-tier sport into national obsession.
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