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100 Yards of Glory: The Greatest Moments in NFL History Hardcover – November 8, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547547986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547547985
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 10.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon Exclusive: A Q&A with Author Joe Garner

Q: Why did you choose to compile the greatest moments in the NFL’s history versus that of the MLB or NBA?

A: The popularity of the NFL is at an all-time high. Even casual fans are passionate about their teams. In researching the idea, I found its rich history and heroic and colorful characters incredibly compelling. It just came together faster. But I hope to eventually do similar immersive books about Major League Baseball and the NBA.


Q: You had unique access to the NFL’s own archives for this book. What was that experience like?

A:I’ve enjoyed a long relationship with NFL Films, dating back to my first sports collection, And the Crowd Goes Wild. It’s impossible to do a book like this without their trust and cooperation. With the NFL onboard, I had access to over a million photographs and thousands of hours of game footage dating back to the 1930s. Ultimately, the curated media gives the reader a much more immersive experience than they can have with any other book.

Q: Was it difficult to choose only 10 entries for each category? Are there any moments/people/rivalries that you wish had made the final cut?

A: I’ve long since learned it’s impossible to include everything. So, I don’t mind being criticized for what isn’t included. (That’s why sequels exist.) I do get concerned if I’m criticized for what is included. We’ll have to see. But given the input I received from the NFL, namely Craig Ellenport, Senior Editor of NFL.com, I think we’re on pretty safe ground. There is something for every fan, young and old.

Q: Is there a single greatest moment in this work that stands out for you?

A: By and large, the moments, players, and coaches included in 100 Yards of Glory have all left an indelible mark on the game. So to single out just one is like pulling out a piece of a puzzle— one element doesn’t give a complete and satisfying picture.

Q:This is your fourth book with Bob Costas. Can we anticipate any additional projects you’ll be teaming up for in the future?

A: Whether a televised sporting event or these books, Bob’s involvement raises the bar. In my opinion, he is without equal. Part of that is his born talent and the other is his incredible hard work at preparation. I sure hope there will be future projects and perhaps a fifth book.


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New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi (54) cuts out the legs of Oakland Raiders running back Zack Crockett, left, as Patriots linebacker Roman Phifer (95) looks on, AFC Divisional Playoff game at snowy Foxboro Stadium, Foxboro, Mass., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2002. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana makes a pass in a 20-16 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII on January 22, 1989 at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, Florida. Super Bowl XXIII - Cincinnati Bengals vs San Francisco 49ers - January 22, 1989 (AP Photo/NFL Photos)

Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi, standing facing camera, yells for 100% effort of his players as he rides the practice blocking skid at the Packers training camp in Green Bay, Wis., on July 17, 1967. Assistant coach Phil Bengtson is at left. (AP Photo)



Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas during a rookie training camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1955. Johnny Unitas - Pittsburgh Steelers - File Photos (AP Photo/NFL Photos)

Pittsburgh Steelers Lynn Swann dives as he catches a pass from quarterback Terry Bradshaw during Super Bowl X in Miami, Fla., on Sunday, Jan. 18, 1976. (AP Photo)


Review

100 YARDS OF GLORY: The Greatest Moments in NFL History will make a swell present . . . It’s like those great NFL Films documentaries, with the dynamism of the video and voice-overs exchanged for the dignified distance of the page.” —New York Times Book Review

 


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Good amount of history and current facts in this book.
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It comes with a Dvd that is basically showing you pictures while reading the book.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Christophoros on December 5, 2011
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This is an excellent book about the NFL. Very illustrative descriptions of the football stories and full of wonderfull pictures. I think it's a must for the real football lovers, especially for those who want to learn details of the most exciting moments of the history of this game.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Scott Blake on January 25, 2012
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The errors in this book are plentiful but would probably not be noticed by a casual fan or one who isn't interested in pro football history. You want examples? The photo caption on page 256 states that Roger Staubach was tackled by Dick Witcher of the 49ers. Witcher was a wide receiver who never played defense. Page 212 contains a section about the "1969 AFC divisional playoff game". 1969 was the final year of the AFL, which to many fans (including me) was superior to the NFL. Page 166 is about Ernie Nevers in the 1929 Thanksgiving game between the Chicago Cardinals and Chicago Bears. The photo caption states "...the game between the New York Giants and Chicago Cardinals on Thanksgiving Day 1929 at the Polo Grounds." There are other errors but those are the most obvious.

Another problem with this book is the lack of page numbers on photo-only pages. The editor saw nothing amiss about pages which contain a photo caption but no page number?

The accompanying DVD is a disappointment. Anything narrated by Bob Costas is worth watching. What I didn't like about it is the heavy emphasis on games within the past 20 years or so. The book is much more balanced historically. Almost any other NFL films production is more historically worth watching than this one. I recommend instead "Full color football: The history of the American Football League". It is scheduled to be released on DVD this year and episodes are sometimes shown on the NFL Network.

This book and the DVD would probably be most appreciated by casual fans who want to learn some pro football history. For those of us old codgers (56 and counting) who have been interested in that history for many years, it is worth watching if you can discount the many errors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By irishgirl on July 29, 2012
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Purchased this book from Amazon,(which had a really good price for it) after reading incredible reviews in NY Times. Gave it as a gift & it was much appreciated. Excellent content.
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By Steven M.Harvey on July 12, 2014
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Excellent
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By luis delarionda on May 17, 2014
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Couldn't tell if it was used. The only thing that I don' like is the word count on this survey.
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By Jenny on March 10, 2014
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got this book as a gift for my brother who is an avid football fan. He loved it...well written, with great color phots thoughout. I recommend it.
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Good book and nice photos and DVD. Great Christmas present for a budding football enthusiast. DVD is very informative and engaging.
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By Carl Brauner on January 21, 2014
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The book described and shows photographs of the game from the early leather helmets times to the present day. Including famous championships and games that will always be remembered.
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