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.
Photos from the 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)
“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