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Forward Pass: The Play That Saved Football Hardcover – October 31, 2007
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Philip L. Brooks is a retired Hall of Fame football coach and educator. He is founder and executive director of Winning, Inc., a literacy program for inner-city youths.
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Anybody who likes football will really enjoy this. There is one hard & fast rule they had then, which might be good now. The coaches could NOT talk to the players when they were on the field. The Quarterback really did have to run an entire series of plays.
I really didn't know what to expect when I started this book as I had read no individual reviews, only the book liner notes. I was mostly intrigued by the history as I often wonder how we came to play football as we do, and how football evolved. But, what I found was much more than mere history. I found an amazing story of individuals striving to make the game they loved safer and more exciting for players and fans. In addition, I was struck by the honest and moral character of the main players in this story; it engendered a sort of nostalgic feeling for a time when a man's word was good and when leaders were actually admired.
Aside from that bit of introspection, the author's use of play diagrams and historical photos will help even those a bit fuzzy on what happens behind the line of scrimmage. His description of the playing field, uniforms (or lack thereof), the brutality of the sport, the use of the punting game, and numerous other features gave me a clear picture of a time much different than today.
Of course, it is the forward pass that is the main story here. When it was first legalized it was slow to come about for many reasons, not the least of which was that no one had any experience with the overhand throwing of a football. To further complicate the matter, rules committees made it difficult to fully implement the play (for example, for a number of years any untouched forward pass was not just incomplete, but resulted in the loss of possession for the offense).
Overall, I found this book very interesting and enjoyable. I highly recommend it.