At last, the Dummies series is tackling football. Former Raider all-pro defensive end and current Fox TV analyst Howie Long calls the signals, and if he doesn't always go deep--he's got a lot of ground to cover--at least he connects. With all its X's and O's, football is a complicated sport, and Long works hard to smooth the way: "Once you break through that initial fear of being overwhelmed by football and what you don't understand," he counsels, "I know everything else about the game, like dominoes, will fall into place." In his role as guide, Long plays those dominoes, from peewees to the pros to the fantasy leagues, explaining positions, analyzing offenses and defenses, and detailing strategies. As with all Dummies guides, the fun part is the "Part of Tens," the series of top-10 lists that dig in for the final chapter. He scores big with his inclusions of John Hannah and Hugh McElhenny among the greatest offensive players ever, but should be penalized for overemphasizing tight ends and forgetting the electricity that wide receivers bring to the game. This, of course, reflects a defensive end's natural bias; since they muck it up more with the hulkier tight ends, they simply let the speedballs fly by. --Jeff Silverman
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From the Back Cover
Meet the greatest players, coaches, and teams of all time
The fun and easy way to tackle football basics and enjoy America's most popular sport
Love to play — or just watch — football? Want to know more about the game? Howie Long gives you up-to-the-minute information on all the rules, regs, positions, plays, and penalties, as well as the newest stadium technologies, the latest teams and players, and the must-do experiences of pro football. It's the ultimate fan's guide!
Follow the game at home or in the stadium
Understand offensive and defensive strategies
Train and gear up for a game
Join a fantasy football league
Get your kids involved in football
Praise for Football For Dummies
"Howie's book has got it all!"
— Jimmy Johnson, former head coach, Miami Dolphins
"[Howie's] knowledge and insight into the game of football ring through loud and clear!"
— Boomer Esiason, former All-Star quarterback and NFL commentator