- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services; New edition edition (February 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671602764
- ISBN-13: 978-0671602765
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #921,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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New Thinking Man's Guide to Professional Football Paperback – February, 1987
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If you are the kind of fan who needs this book, and is thinking of shelling out 100$; you probably read or should read Smartfootball, the book and the website, Footballoutsiders, Mike Tanier, Barnwell and Mays at Grantland, Benoit at MMQB, Matt bowen, Cian fahey, the above average intellectual fan (or maybe coach) who has deep curiosity about the game within the game.
I was fortunate enough to have been gifted a hardcover second edition (1984) of this book as a child. Although I didn't fully understand everything I was reading until some years later, nevertheless I was left with the distinct impression that this book was the closest thing to a "football Bible" that ever existed. And it wasn't until the mid-2000s that I finally recognized the true genius of Paul Zimmerman and his unique, perhaps unparalleled connection to the game.
Part of what makes American football so amazing is that its trends come and go in waves and stages. When this book was written, the single back / double-tight-end set and 3-4 defense had only recently come into vogue for the first time, and Zimmerman was in the unique position to be able to recount his past experiences with the game (dating back to the 1950s) and how they compared and contrasted with the then-modern iteration of the sport. The result was fascinating -- a deep, truly personal look at the history and future of every position on the field.
And therein lies the most remarkable feature of this book, written 30 years ago: I can read it and still draw parallels and connections to the 21st-century sport I watch now. Zimmerman's chapter on scouting and the transition from college to pro describes an environment that is remarkably similar to what most young recruits encounter today.Read more ›