Their Life's Work: The Brotherhood of the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers, Then and Now

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 29, 2013 - Sports & Recreation - 465 pages
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ONE TEAM. FOUR SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONSHIPS. TWELVE HALL OF FAMERS. TWO HUNDRED INTERVIEWS.

They were the best to ever play the game: the Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s. Three decades later their names echo in popular memory—Mean Joe, Bradshaw, Webster, Lambert, Ham, Blount, Franco, Swann, and Stallworth. They define not only the brother­hood and camaraderie of football, but what Americans love about their most popular sport: its artistry and its brutality. From the team’s origins in a horseplayer’s winnings to the young armored gods who immaculately beat the Raiders in 1972 to the grandfathers with hobbles in their gait, Their Life’s Work tells the full, intimate story of the Steeler dynasty. But this book does much more than that: it tells football’s story. What the game gives, what it takes, and why, to a man, every Steeler, full well knowing the costs, unhesitatingly states, “I’d do it again.”
  

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Review: Their Life's Work: The Brotherhood of the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers, Then and Now

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I received this as part of a Goodreads giveaway. I don't read a lot of sports books. I've noticed that most of them fall into the ghost-written athlete autobiography category, or the 300-page Sports ... Read full review

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THEIR LIFE'S WORK is both the story of a football franchise from the beginning and the tale of one team that won four Super Bowl championships and altered the game while doing so. While I am not a ... Read full review

Contents

Reverie Reality
3
The Chief at the Racetracks 1937
23
The Rooneys
35
The Man from the Courier
47
Inthe Film Room
105
19751981
187
BarScene at Pro Bowl 1982
231
Franco
270
Webby
300
The Rooneys
325
ItsStillTheirTown
343
The Legacy Haunted
353
POSTSCRIPT
381
Notes
389
Bibliography
443
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About the author (2013)

Gary M. Pomerantz is a nonfiction author and journalist and has served the past seven years as a visiting lecturer in the Department of Communication at Stanford University. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Pomerantz has written four books, including Their Life’s Work and the New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn.

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