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Penn State Football: The Complete Illustrated History Hardcover – August 29, 2009


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: MVP Books; First edition (August 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760335109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760335109
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.9 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #453,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Penn State Football: The Complete Illustrated History presents an in-depth and entertaining look at the teams, people, and moments that have defined Nittany Lions football for more than 120 years. It includes profiles of key players and coaches and highlights all the great seasons and games. Chronicling, decade by decade, the Nittany Lions’ on-field accomplishments and off-field developments, this lavishly illustrated history is the ultimate celebration of a storied football program.

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Every autumn, central Pennsylvania echoes with the roar of tens of thousands of fans cheering on the Nittany Lions of Penn State University. Boasting a history replete with All-Americans, bowl game triumphs, and memorable moments, Penn State football stands apart as one of the most storied programs in all of collegiate sports.

            Penn State's football program originated in the late 1880s, just as the young sport was taking shape on sandlots and fields across the nation. The team from State College, Pennsylvania, debuted with a perfect record in 1887—two wins and no losses in a home-and-away series with in-state rival Bucknell. From there, Penn State grew to establish itself as a dominant football powerhouse.

            In Penn State Football: The Complete Illustrated History, authors Barry Wilner and Ken Rappoport explore the early years of Nittany Lions fortunes and misfortunes on the gridiron and its emergence as a national power in the 1940s and 1950s. The legacy of Penn State football took its most significant turn in 1966, when a 39-year-old assistant coach named Joseph Vincent Paterno took the reins as head coach—a position JoePa has held for forty-two years and counting.

            Despite three perfect seasons and fourteen bowl appearances in fifteen years, a national championship eluded Paterno until the 1980s, when the Lions captured two titles in five years. The decision to join the Big Ten in 1993 catapulted Penn State to a new level of prominence, and the school quickly established itself by winning the conference crown and a Rose Bowl victory in its second season in the league.

            After nearly half a century on the job, Paterno has won more college football games than any other Division I coach in history. He is the embodiment of Penn State football and an icon of the sport. And through it all, JoePa has helped rally the Nittany Nation to come out by the tens of thousands to cheer on the team in the historic confines of Beaver Stadium.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kevin McGuire on September 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Penn State football is a cultural staple in central Pennsylvania. Plain blue and white uniforms aside the scenery alone is enough to make a visit to Happy Valley on a Saturday in the fall.

Fans have been making the pilgrimage to State College since 1881, six years before the university was founded. There have been countless images that will last a lifetime in the history of the Penn State football program, and now there is a book that collects them all in one place, fit enough to set on your coffee table.

Penn State Football: The Complete Illustrated History, is just that. In 192 pages Penn State fans will read about the rich traditions and historic games and iconic figures that make up Penn State football. From Rip Engle to Joe Paterno, from John Cappelletti to Ki-Jana carter, from Leroy Scholl to Daryll Clark, every piece of Penn State football is covered in beautiful fashion.

Authored by Barry Wilner and Ken Rappoport will assure the most hard core fans will be satisfied with this publication. Wilner has authored 27 previous books on a number of sports events, including Football Feuds: The Greatest College Football Rivalries, a collaboration with Rappoport. Rappoport has written a few Penn State football books before, including Tales from Penn State Football and
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Barker on February 4, 2011
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This book is very good and any Penn State fan would LOVE to own it. Very interesting facts and tons of pictures!
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The book was a gift and it was loved. Any one who loves penn state would enjoy this book. I also bought the DVD too so the book can be used as a reference.
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By Colleen Zaczkiewicz on January 10, 2013
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The book itself is very nice, but in the back between two pages was a sucker stick - which had be used and put in the book. When we tried to take it out it ripped the page and we could not take it out. I was very disappointed that I spent that much money and no one had looked at it before they sent it.
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Bought this for my boyfriend for Christmas. He really enjoyed the book. He thought it was very comprehensive and well done.
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