Football For Dummies

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Wiley, Jul 4, 2003 - Sports & Recreation - 432 pages
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Are you one of the millions of people across America are intrigued by professional football – and all types and levels of football? Perhaps you have a friends or a number of friends who have made the football season a ritual, from the last weekend in August until Super Bowl Sunday at the end of January. To be a part of that experience, you need to have a working knowledge of the game.

Football For Dummies, 2nd Edition, can provide you with that knowledge and help you relate to the passionate football fans in your life. On the surface, football may seem to be a very complicated game. The game becomes far less intimidating once you begin to understand the fundamentals of the game. After you break through that initial fear of being overwhelmed by football and what you don't understand, everything else about the game will fall into place, like dominoes. Get ready to find answers to all your football questions, such as:

  • Why do they call it the "gridiron" anyway?
  • Is the ball really made of pigskin, or is that an inside joke?
  • Why do you get six points for a touchdown but only three points for a field goal?
  • Does it really matter how all those guys line up on the field?
  • Does it really mean something when the officials do those funny signals with their arms, or are they just bored out there?

If you don't know a touchdown from a touchback or an interference penalty from an interception, then this book is for you. You'll find easy-to-understand explanations of these topics and more:

  • The football season
  • Rules and regulations
  • Keys to successful offensive line play
  • Defense tactics and strategies
  • Coaches, general managers, and other important folks
  • Youth leagues and high school football
  • Why people love college football
  • Fantasy leagues
  • Conditioning, training, and diet

Authors Howie Long – Emmy-award-winning football commentator and eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end – and John Czarnecki – editorial consultant for CBS NFL Today and Fox NFL Sunday – have teamed up to bring you the ultimate fan's guide to football. This second edition of Football For Dummies has been updated to cover new teams, stadiums, and players.

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Review: Football for Dummies

User Review  - Claire Gilligan - Goodreads

Does an excellent job at its stated intention: giving a clear overview of the game of football. Detailed and thorough but not overwhelming, with a helpful glossary at the back. I will continue to happily recommend this to anyone who wants to understand the basics of the game and its culture! Read full review

Review: Football for Dummies (For Dummies)

User Review  - Megan - Goodreads

Although it did explain quite a bit of the game, I felt that it was not written for dummies (like me, I admit). Too much history on the game, and not enough basics. Read full review



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Howie Long, former Oakland Raiders defensive end, was elected to the pro football Hall of Fame in 2000. He made eigth Pro Bowl appearances, had a Super Bowl XVIII victory over the Washington Redskins, and has many other accolades to his credit. His size (6'5", 275 pounds), combined with his speed, strength, intensity, durability, and explosive quickness, set him apart. Long retired from the NFL after the 1993 season. Long is currently ia a commentator on the Emmy Award-winning FOX NFL Sunday program, which is the most-watched NFL pregame show in America.

Jon Czarnecki is a regular contributor to Inside Sports and Sport magazines. He has reported on the last 19 superbowls and has consulted for the NFL Today and currently for FOX NFL Sunday.

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