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One Knee Equals Two Feet: And Everything Else You Need to Know About Football Hardcover – August 12, 1986


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YA Insightful and amusing, Madden writes as he broadcasts, giving colorful pictures of the players he has seen and lists of, in his view, the "best players." Chapters are devoted to positions and what viewers should look for. Football aficionados will enjoy this .
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John Madden has been involved with football at every level for forty years, as a player, coach, and commentator. He was the winning coach in Super Bowl XI with the Oakland Raiders and has won eleven emmy awards as a broadcaster. He is the author of four books, three of which have been New York Times bestsellers. He lives in Pleasanton, California.
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Product Details

  • Series: And Everything Else You Need to Know About Football
  • Hardcover: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Villard; 1st edition (August 12, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394553284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394553283
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,080,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bigbook on November 3, 2005
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Keeping in mind that the latest edition of "One Knee..." was published in 1987, I found the book to be funny, informative, opinionated and dated. For instance, Madden frequently refers to "up and coming stars" like Elway and Marino. Written in John's usual breezy, earthy Joe Sixpack style, "One Knee..." is still a good, quick read for NFL fans. Especially fans who have fond memories of players like Joe Montana and Walter Payton.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 28, 2001
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ONE KNEE EQUALS TWO FEET IS ANOTHER FINE BOOK BY JOHN MADDEN. HE GIVES US SOME INSIGHT INTO WHO HE RATES AS THE BEST IN EACH POSITION. HE ALSO OFFERS SOME TIPS AS TO WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN ANALYZING WHAT KIND OF PLAY WILL BE RUN AND HOW EACH POSITION SHOULD RESPOND. JOHN DEFINATELY HAS AN ENDLESS AMOUNT OF ENERGY, KNOWLEDGE, AND HUMOR. HIS ENTHUSIASM FOR FOOTBALL IS BOUNDLESS AND VERY CONTAGIOUS. I ENJOYED THIS BOOK AND HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT FOR KNOWLEDABLE FOOTBALL FANS. VERY WELL DONE.
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Format: Hardcover
This classic book of football in all its glory, pain, humor, and reflection was written in 1986 by NFL Hall of Fame Coach John Madden. The former Oakland Raiders Coach tells humorous and interesting stories about his former players like Kenny Stabler, Jack Tatum and other Raider greats. He tells behind the scenes stories of legendary games and the Super Bowl he won. He also talks football strategy and some of the plays he designed that were good or really bad. The reason why he doesn't fly but drove an RV to each game after he became an Analyst and commentator on TV.
When he was coach of the Raiders I really disliked him. I thought he was a jerk and whiner of a team of bums and thugs. My opinion changed when I saw him as a valued commentator and after I read this great book. I thought afterwords, "I like this coach!". After reading this excellent book you the reader will like John Madden too! He is missed on TV and I hope he is enjoying his well deserved retirement.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The announcement of the retirement of John Madden as a football commentator was a time of great sadness for all football fans, for there was no one better at it. Given that he also has the highest winning percentage of any coach in the history of the modern NFL, it is an unarguable fact that he will be missed. In this book, Madden once again demonstrates his knowledge of the game.
Madden describes the game, his favorite players at each position, the best coaches of all time and the reasons why he selected them. As is always the case when football is the subject, Madden's reasons for his selections are sound, although there is a preponderance of players that he coached. If you are interested in football, this is a lively, entertaining and educational book that is one of the best books about football ever written.
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