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100 Yards of Glory: The Greatest Moments in NFL History Hardcover – Abridged, November 8, 2011
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Q: Why did you choose to compile the greatest moments in the NFL’s history versus that of the MLB or NBA?
A: The popularity of the NFL is at an all-time high. Even casual fans are passionate about their teams. In researching the idea, I found its rich history and heroic and colorful characters incredibly compelling. It just came together faster. But I hope to eventually do similar immersive books about Major League Baseball and the NBA.
Q: You had unique access to the NFL’s own archives for this book. What was that experience like?
A:I’ve enjoyed a long relationship with NFL Films, dating back to my first sports collection, And the Crowd Goes Wild. It’s impossible to do a book like this without their trust and cooperation. With the NFL onboard, I had access to over a million photographs and thousands of hours of game footage dating back to the 1930s. Ultimately, the curated media gives the reader a much more immersive experience than they can have with any other book.
Q: Was it difficult to choose only 10 entries for each category? Are there any moments/people/rivalries that you wish had made the final cut?
A: I’ve long since learned it’s impossible to include everything. So, I don’t mind being criticized for what isn’t included. (That’s why sequels exist.) I do get concerned if I’m criticized for what is included. We’ll have to see. But given the input I received from the NFL, namely Craig Ellenport, Senior Editor of NFL.com, I think we’re on pretty safe ground. There is something for every fan, young and old.
Q: Is there a single greatest moment in this work that stands out for you?
A: By and large, the moments, players, and coaches included in 100 Yards of Glory have all left an indelible mark on the game. So to single out just one is like pulling out a piece of a puzzle— one element doesn’t give a complete and satisfying picture.
Q:This is your fourth book with Bob Costas. Can we anticipate any additional projects you’ll be teaming up for in the future?
A: Whether a televised sporting event or these books, Bob’s involvement raises the bar. In my opinion, he is without equal. Part of that is his born talent and the other is his incredible hard work at preparation. I sure hope there will be future projects and perhaps a fifth book.
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“100 YARDS OF GLORY: The Greatest Moments in NFL History will make a swell present . . . It’s like those great NFL Films documentaries, with the dynamism of the video and voice-overs exchanged for the dignified distance of the page.” —New York Times Book Review
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And the 50-minute or so DVD featuring Bob Costas and actual videos of some of the stories featured in the book is a great addition.
Being a Niner fan, I am going to sound partial to them naturally when I say that I was baffled their '98 playoff win over Green Bay was not in the "fantastic finishes" section of the book. I say this because it really should have been...much more so than the "snowplow game" for example which did get included. I'd think anyone outside of New England would agree with that assessment. The book has superb pictures though and overall was fun to go through.