- Series: ESPN Pro Football Encyclopedia
- Paperback: 1536 pages
- Publisher: Sterling; 2 edition (August 5, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402752504
- ISBN-13: 978-1402752506
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 2.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,100,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The ESPN Pro Football Encyclopedia, Second Edition Paperback – August 5, 2007
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So the book is virtually perfect now, for what it intends to do. For example, rushing, receiving, and passing statistics are given in full for all players, but, to save space, other stats are given only for players that meet certain minimum requirements. Similarly, starting lineups, a feature I've found nowhere else, are given for all teams from 1920 on, but complete yearly rosters for each team are not given. Thus you may want an encyclopedia that has complete rosters, to get full use out of this book.
As before, quarter by quarter scores are presented for all regular season NFL, AAFC, and AFL games ever played, with outstanding player performances noted--and attributed to the correct players now! Some of the new info included is kicker field goals by distance, starting from the late 60s, and a section on rival leagues.
I can't leave this review without mentioning a couple of minor errors I found in the new section on rival leagues. On p1511, Mark Harmon is mention as a player on the 1941 NY Americans of the 3rd AFL; this is corrected to Tom Harmon on p1515. As well, one of my pet grammatical peeves occurs in this same section on p1515: the writing of "desperate straights" when "desperate straits" is meant.
At a whopping 1520+ pages, it contains more information that virtually any human could take in. More of a reference than a book you would sit down and read, it will allow you to get all those call in radio show questions right, as well as prove who knows what they're talking about when debating player stats, game scores, etc... My wife likes the book, but obviously isn't going to read it cover-to-cover.
As a reference, the book is fantastic. Bear in mind that this version is now a couple years out of date (it was published in 2007) so if you want the most recent stats, get a newer edition.
It's everything I wanted as a history of the NFL, its players, and teams. If you can think of it, it's in there.
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It's not the kind of book that's meant to be read cover-to-cover.
Nevertheless, I tried to brush up on my Football knowledge and I know more than I did yesterday.
I don't know much about sports, but my boyfriend said it was the best gift I had ever given him. We have been dating for 7 years, so it was saying a lot.Published on January 8, 2013 by Rose Recchia