"A brilliantly reported and written work that will not only teach you things about one of football's greatest innovators, it will tell you things you never knew about one of football's greatest times. This book is as memorable as the man who inspired it." --Mike Freeman, author of Undefeated: Inside the 1972 Miami Dolphins' Perfect Season
"Gillman’s incredible football journey is, for the first time, closely chronicled in Josh Katzowitz’s welcome and much-needed biography, Sid Gillman: Father of the Passing Game. These days, it doesn’t happen often that a sports author brings to light a truly historical figure whose story has somehow gone untold. Katzowitz, however, has accomplished that.
His book not only rolls through more than half a century of football’s evolution, but makes it personal. Gillman’s obsession with the game is presented, to a large extent, through the loyal eyes of a wife and four children equally steeped in love and tolerance. From sitting at his side as he studied film in the garage every night, decade after decade, Esther Gillman understood more about passing schemes than . . . well, certainly more than most sportswriters. So did the Gillman sons and daughters. The great innovator’s unconventional family life is treated in the same thorough fashion as the casual Judaism that sometimes blocked his career path." --Lonnie Wheeler, New York Times Best-selling author whose works include I Had a Hammer: The Hank Aaron Story
About the Author
Josh Katzowitz covers the NFL for CBSSports.com and is a featured contributor for Manofthehouse.com. He's worked most of his career as a sports writer, including positions with the now-defunct Cincinnati Post and the Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle. As a freelance writer, Katzowitz has written for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and a variety of other newspapers, magazines, and national websites. In August 2009, he released his first book, Bearcats Rising. He lives with his wife and their twins in Austin, TX.