The Pro Football Historical Abstract: A Hardcore Fan's Guide to All-Time Player Rankings

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Globe Pequot, Sep 1, 2007 - Sports & Recreation - 567 pages
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In The Pro Football Historical Abstract, author and sports statistical genius Sean Lahman presents a revolutionary new approach to football statistics. Using methods he's developed over years (such as “adjusted yards” and “Q ratings”), he looks at football in an all-encompassing way and rates the best players throughout the history of America's most popular team sport.

Lahman sets forth new all-time rankings of players in each position. He also discusses how the game has changed from decade to decade, and how these changes must be considered when comparing modern players like Tom Brady, Dan Marino, and Emmitt Smith with players of past eras, such as Sammy Baugh, Jim Brown, and Johnny Unitas.

Following the success of The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, Lahman now establishes himself as the Bill James of football. Setting a new gold standard in books on the NFL, The Pro Football Historical Abstract is a must for all those for whom football is a passion and more than just a game.
  

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New York Sun columnist Lahman also names Bill James and his Historical Baseball Abstract as his inspiration for this massive undertaking. He has written several statistical football annuals, and this ... Read full review

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Any publication seeking to accurately rate the all-time greatest players in NFL history which lists Dick Butkus as the 50th greatest linebacker cannot be taken seriously--unless taking drugs and throwing darts at a list of names is seen as a valid method of selection! There are three defensive players universally selected by sober-minded sports writers in every all-time list ever produced: Deacon Jones, Night Train Lane and of course...Dick Butkus. The fact that Jim Parker is not even included among the 50 best offensive linemen is perhaps a bit less insipid-but not much! A system of measurement that claims a gnat is bigger than the Empire State Building is worthless no matter how high sounding its methods may at first seem: likewise, a system of measuring the all-time best in NFL history cannot so obviously contradict expert observations. One may argue Butkus' career as a whole was less productive than some others, due to his knee injuries, but to rank him dead last on a list is either banal sensationalism, or raving lunacy. I would not waste my money! 

Contents

The 1940s
15
The 1960s
29
The 1980s
43
The 2000s
57
Quarterbacks
78
Running Backs
111
PARTS
135
Wide Receivers
152
Kickers
224
THE COACHES
231
TwoWay Era Players
238
Coaches
254
About the Football Project
292
Overall Rankings by Position
510
Yearly AdjustedYards Leaders
528
Index
548

Tight Ends
169
Defensive Linemen
190
Linebackers
203
About the Author
568
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Sean Lahman, a pioneer in the field of sports statistics, is the author of the annual Pro Football Prospectus 2002 & 2003 and the Pro Football Forecast 2004. He is a contributor to the ESPN Pro Football Encyclopedia and a football columnist for The New York Sun. Lahman's Web site, www.seanlahman.com, receives 55,000 visitors per month. He lives in Rochester, New York.

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