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A Thinking Man's Guide to Pro Football Mass Market Paperback – 1972

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 415 pages
  • Publisher: WARNER PAPERBACK; 1st edition (1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446689807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446689809
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,325,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
There is just no way this title should ever be out of print. In "Thinking Man's Guide to Pro Football," Paul Zimmerman creates a category: the literate analysis of professional fotball. We have plenty of this stuff in baseball -- from Angell to James, Boswell, and the whole team. But football has always been overlooked as a place for intelligent analysis delivered with wit and graceful prose. What do we have instead? It's either: "Bullets, broads and bullies: My story," or "Coaching the Interior Line." If you're a fan who appreciates "inside the game" insights, and who plain likes football, Zimmerman's first book, written in 1970, is a vital link to understanding the evolution of football from dock workers to the glory days of the 70's. His second book, published in 1984, decodes how the game has changed as a result of the passing rules changes in 1977 and the West Coast offense, which has in turn begat the specialist packages and situation schemes of today's game. If you're a pro football fan, get these!
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book helped me when I tried to make the High school freshman football team back in 1974. Lot's of cool and funny stories about NFL pro players and their positions. I used techniques I read in this book on the field and made an impression on the coaches.

Good start for young players and even better stories for every one else. The story of Joe Don Looney is great.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Dr. Z's writing is vivid, entertaining and informative. His knowledge of football is boundless. The stories he tells revive and fill in the blanks of my own memories of games, players and coaches stored over decades. This is a "must read" for any fan/student of football.

It's a shame that his health has limited his ability to communicate as he once did. Past works like this one will keep him with us.
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Format: Hardcover
Intelligent analysis combined with clear, readable prose, and funny and illuminating anecdotes. First published in 1970, the book should have been updated and reissued every decade or so, but the 1974 original and the 1985 revised edition still offer a wealth of insight about the game. A classic.
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An old classic that I was able to find. Great read for us students of the game. Zimmerman is one of the great sportwriters.
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