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Are you ready for the Super Bowl?
It doesn’t matter whether you are a hardcore fan of the Patriots or the Seahawks, or you simply got carried away by the general enthusiasm… it would be a shame not to join the fun!
This event is more than an expensive spectacle that features overrated advertisements; it’s the game that the entire country has been waiting for! Through the entire season, the fans empathize with different players and teams, support them through their ups and downs, and eagerly wait for the culmination of this emotional journey.
Do you want to impress everyone about your knowledge of the game? There are two ways to do that: you can start reading trivia; information about the history of football or you can opt for a fun read! From memoirs to chronicles to fiction, there is a perfect book for every Super Bowl enthusiast!
If you want to start exploring the greatest moments in the NFL, you should go for 100 Yards of Glory, a collection of the greatest moments, coaches, players, triumphs and teams in the history of the game. How about a novel that will convey the essence of football through a dazzling story? North Dallas Forty gives a detailed insight into the game through a story infused with humor, warmth and irony.
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Super Bowl Reads
“Collision Low Crossers” by Nicholas Dawidoff
Here is football in many faces: the defensive coaches and their in-house rivals, the offensive coaches; and of course the players.
“Instant Replay” by Jerry Kramer and Dick Schaap
This memoir is a thoughtful account of playing for Vince Lombardi’s Packers during the 1967 season, in the era before ultrarich misbehavior artists dominated the NFL.
“100 Years of Glory: The Greatest Moments in NFL History” by Garner & Costas
Costas and Garner team up to compile photos and video of the most dazzling moments in football. Crytalized moments like these remind us why we watch sports in the first place.
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“Undefeated” by Mike Freeman
The 1972 Miami Dolphins are the only team in NFL history to have a perfect season – a feat that has never been matched. Coach Don Shula resurrected a dying franchise, and made it into one of the greatest success stories of all time.
“The Blind Side” by Michael Lewis
The book is about Michael Oher, a huge young man from an impoverished family who gets heavily recruited for college teams and goes on to be an NFL star. It’s equal parts human interest, NFL analysis, and critique of college recruiting systems.
“North Dallas Forty” by Peter Gent
Arguably the best novel about pro football – and certainly the best one written by a player – this 1973 book is a rollicking and often trenchant satire of a team very closely resembling the Dallas Cowboys in the era when the sport was becoming truly big business.
“The Games That Changed The Game” by Ron Jaworski, Greg Cosell, and David Plaut
A meta-game look at the evolution of football strategy, this is a book for people who already know the game. Ron Jaworski and Greg Cosell, two of the best analysts in the industry, might just change how you watch football.
“The Blueprint” by Christopher Price
If you’re wondering why the Patriots seem to be in the Super Bowl every other year, this is the book for you. Price details the personal and financial changes the franchises made to become one of the most successful in history.
“The Ultimate Super Bowl Book” by McGinn & MacCambridge
The chronicle of every Super Bowl game ever. Tons of interviews, play-by-play analysis, and insight show the history and majesty (and failure) at the biggest sports even in the United States.
“When Pride Still Mattered” by David Maraniss
Vince Lombardi’s impact on how the game of football is practiced and played are still being felt. This profile of the man considered by many to be the greatest coach of all time also offers insight into the state of the game today.
“The Rise and Self-Destruction of the Greatest Team in History” by John Mullin
While the Dolphins may have gone undefeated, the ’85 Chicago Bears were the greatest team in history. Coach Mike Ditka assembled a crew of some of the biggest names in football history. This is the story of their greatest enemy: themselves.
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