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The Pro Football Chronicle: The Complete (Well Almost Record of the Best Players, the Greatest Photos, the Hardest Hits, the Biggest Scandals and T) Paperback – November, 1990
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The subtitle sums up these two sportswriters' faith in their many-sided assortment of stories from pro football's first seven decades, including humorous and tragic sidelights. The promised illustrations and statistics should brighten this effort, though it is neither a definitive history nor a reference item but strictly fun football reading for fans.
- Morey Berger, formerly with Monmouth Cty. Lib., Manalapan, N.J.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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There are no canonisations and platitudes here (for instance, the book criticises in detail Vince Lombardi's late-sixties draft choices and suggests he might have handed Phil Bengtson something of a poisoned chalice - an interesting theory, if nothing else), and no tedious top-ten-this or worst-five-that lists for the more mentally challenged. Instead, there are decade-by-decade glimpses of the game which, taken together, produce the best historical, fan-level portrait of the NFL I've ever come across.
My only complaint - and it's a small one - is that the book does fall back on the inevitable statistical section and identifies what it believes to be the "greatest" players. There's enough of this junk in other books ("Total Football" leaps to mind); I would have preferred more pages of esoterica and amusing photographs.
This is a book really worth searching out for if your idea of a good read is something other than a fawning biography or Officially Licensed propaganda.