The Last Headbangers: NFL Football in the Rowdy, Reckless '70s--The Era that Created Modern Sports

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W. W. Norton & Company, Sep 3, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 278 pages
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The inside story of the most colorful decade in NFL history—pro football’s raging, hormonal, hairy, druggy, immortal adolescence.

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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Review: The Last Headbangers: NFL Football in the Rowdy, Reckless '70s: The Era That Created Modern Sports

User Review  - Dachokie - Goodreads

A Little Skewed, but Captures the Essence of the Awesomeness that WAS 70s Pro Football … I was 11 when I attended my first (and only) NFL football game … December 24, 1977. Family connections in ... Read full review

Review: The Last Headbangers: NFL Football in the Rowdy, Reckless '70s: The Era That Created Modern Sports

User Review  - Clay Gediman - Goodreads

Anyone who remembers 70's football or just interested in a history of the game should read this. While there is a pretty good coverage of most of the teams, the book concentrates on the teams of the ... Read full review

Contents

End over End
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Hup
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Uingslolphinsandthe BaokofliodsHand
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BradsBad
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Threeforthe Show
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The RaiderlioddamnWay
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SeaofHands
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MenofSteel
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HailMarys
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The Last Late Hit
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About the author (2012)

Kevin Cook, the award-winning author of Kitty Genovese, Titanic Thompson and Tommy’s Honor, has written for the New York Times, the Daily News, GQ, Men’s Journal, Vogue, and many other publications, and has appeared on CNN and Fox TV. He lives in New York City.

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