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Having lived in Philadelphia since coming here to coach their Eagles in 1976, I can honestly say I lived many parts of this fine book right along with Big Al. It was a great read for me, as it will be for the rest of you that love the Delaware Valley. Al so accurately describes the events and people of that time. His passion for Philadelphia, as well as the compassion he demonstrated throughout his career for all of us in the sports world, was very much appreciated and will always be respected. Enjoy the read! ----Dick Vermeil, Former Coach Philadelphia Eagles
Al Meltzer devoted half a century to TV and sports, 40 of those years in the sports-crazed city of Philadelphia. Amazing! When Big Al says something, we all listen! ----Pat Croce, Former President Philadelphia 76ers
Al seemed to recognize that I would one day be in television as early as 1987, when I came to the Eagles. He believed in my originality and sense of humor. Al was more than a great pioneering sportscaster; he could see into the future. Perhaps he saw Mike and Mike all those years ago. ----Mike Golic, Radio and TV Broadcaster
The 50-year sportscasting career of Al Meltzer has ranged from his early years in Syracuse and Buffalo to the major markets of Philadelphia and Chicago. Big Al has done play-by-play for a number of major league teams, including the Philadelphia 76ers and Eagles, the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Buffalo Bills.. A 10-time Emmy Award winner, Al Meltzer has won just about every honor in his profession. The Philadelphia Daily News named him Arguably, Philly s most recognizable, most popular and best sports anchor ever. For more than 40 years, Robert S. Lyons covered professional and college sports for the Associated Press and contributed articles to numerous national publications. He is the author of Palestra Pandemoniumand co-author (with Ray Didinger) of The Eagles Encyclopedia.