Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League

Front Cover
HarperCollins, Aug 4, 1999 - Sports & Recreation - 1812 pages
1 Review

Total Football II Offers in a Single Volume The Complete History of Professional Football.

Here are the most complete statistics for each of the nearly 18,000 players who’ve played in even a single NFL game. You'll find essays on the history of the game, its championship teams, most significant games, and greatest players--along with the legend, lore and mystique of football.

The official encyclopedia of the National Football League, Total Football II includes:

  • articles on the evolution of strategy through the years

  • histories of every team past and present

  • biographies of the NFL's 300 greatest players

  • football families

  • the most complete lists ever published of team rosters, awards, and the NFL draft

  • and more.

  • New to this completely revised and updated edition are a host of new articles, covering an eclectic range of football-related topics, from offensive formations to football at the movies.

    This nearly inexhaustible wealth of gridiron material was provided by the NFL staff, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the Pro Football Researchers Association, as well as by the game's foremost writers and historians.

    The heart of Total Football is the Player Register with statistics provided by the Elias Sports Bureau, the NFL's official statistician since 1961, Bob Carroll and David Neft. For more than 30 years, Carroll and Neft have collected information on players, birthdates and places, high schools, and colleges attended. For Total Football they supplemented their research by contacting hundreds of former players and more than 400 colleges and universities.

    If it's about football, you'll find it within these pages, the book that Pro Football Weekly and other experts have called "the best football book ever"


    What people are saying - Write a review

    LibraryThing Review

    User Review  - Big_Bang_Gorilla - LibraryThing

    Being an exhaustive compendium of statistics and biography concerning America's now-favorite sport. It is difficult to imagine a commonly-needed statistic which is not included, and there are also ... Read full review

    Other editions - View all

    References to this book

    All Book Search results »

    About the author (1999)

    Bob Carroll is the founder and executive director of the Professional Football Researchers Association (PFRA) and edits the group&'s newsletter, The Coffin Corner. His many sports books include Pro Football: When the Grass Was Real and Baseball Between the Lies, and he was a contributor to Biographical Encyclopedia of American Sports: Football (1988).

    Michael Gershman was editor-in-chief of Total Football Online for AT&T Interchange and wrote Diamonds: The Evolution of the Ballpark, winner of the Casey Award as "the best baseball book of 1993." A PFRA member, he is also a co-editor of Total Baseball and a founding partner in Total Sports.

    David Neft is a co-author of The Sports Encyclopedia: Pro Football, which has appeared in 15 editions, and also co-wrote The Scrapbook History of Pro Football. Neft served as editor-in-chief for the first edition of The Baseball Encyclopedia and is vice president of research for the Gannett Company, Inc.

    John Thorn edited The Armchair Quarterback and coauthored The Hidden Game of Football and The Football Abstract with Bob Carroll and Pete Palmer. A longtime member and past president of the PFRA, Thorn is also a co-editor of Total Baseball and a founding partner in Total Sports.

    Bibliographic information