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The ESPN Pro Football Encyclopedia, Second Edition Paperback – August 5, 2007

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Product Details

  • 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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By P. Sullivan on October 15, 2007
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If you are really into NFL football and its history, this encyclopedia should be sitting on your coffee table year round (at least Sept through Jan). ESPN has compiled a comprehensive volume giving you the answers to nearly every NFL trivia question imaginable. It nearly has it all! From player stats (every player), to the Super Bowls, Hall of Fame, ProBowl, the Draft, and Season and All-Time records. This 1500 page mecca of NFL info will meet and surpass your expectations. There is no better paper weight of knowledge on the planet. You cannot even find this type of info on the internet. It will be the best $25 you've ever spent!!
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The most elite statistics reading out there for the nfl. My favorite is the season by season team stats which are very in depth. Also each game in NFL history are listed and the offensive stats for all those games.
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Bought this for my Step-Son, the next ESPN Anchor. he loves it and usses it all the time to get facts for his "Broadcasts". The only problem with any of these books is they get out of date rather quickly (yearly). Someone should come up with a subscription so you only get the updates every year in a notebook type setup with possibly laminated pages, but that would probably cost a fortune.
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My title pretty much says it all--66 pages of new features, and all the errors I noted in the first edition, mostly attribution of stats to wrong players in the season and game summaries, appear to have been corrected.

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.
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After my wife finished her bachelors degree she announced that she now wanted to study football. Realizing I probably have the best wife in the history of the world, (at least since football was invented), I set out to help her accomplish her goal. She's been pretty into football for a number of years, but wanted to learn all of the terminology (such as Post Route, Slant, etc...), the detailed rules, and general history of the game including important players throughout the history of the game. She and I got on Amazon and bought about a half dozen football books, including this one.

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.
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A must have for those of us who enjoy stat based computer simulations such a Strat - o - Matic and Sports Mogul. Great resource and helpful for designin game strategy.
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This book enhances my enjoyment of professional football. It's fun to trace back records which are broken, and the history of your favorite team.
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The ESPN Pro Football Encyclopedia, Second 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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