Passing Game: Benny Friedman and the Transformation of Football

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PublicAffairs, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
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Benny Friedman, the son of working class immigrants in Cleveland’s Jewish ghetto, arrived at the University of Michigan and transformed the game of football forever. At the time, in the 1920s, football was a dull, grinding running game, and the forward pass was a desperation measure. Benny would change all of that.

In Ann Arbor, the rookie quarterback’s passing abilities so eclipsed those of other players that legendary coach Fielding Yost came back from retirement to coach him. The other college teams had no answer for Friedman’s passing attack. He then went pro—an unpopular decision at a time when the NFL was the poor stepchild to college football—and was equally sensational, eventually signing with the New York Giants for an unprecedented $10,000, bringing fans and attention to the fledgling NFL.

Passing Game rediscovers this little-known sports hero and tells the story of Friedman’s evolution from upstart to American celebrity, in a vivid narrative that will delight and enlighten football fans of all ages.

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I met the author at a book fair. He is a very gracious man with a passion for his subject. It shows in this well-written book. Benny Friedman was perhaps the best player without serious biographical ... Read full review

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Nonfiction. The story of Benny Friedman, the first great passing quarterback. His exploits transformed the game of football. This book also does a good job chronicling the role role of Friedman and ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Murray Greenberg is a former litigator and graduate of Brandeis University (where Benny Friedman was the first athletic director and only football coach), as well as Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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