Above: The cover of my latest book which can now be purchased in the usual places such as on line at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or through the publisher, Rowman & Littlefield.
The book covers nine of the greatest coaches who spent at least some time during the 1950s and/or 1960s coaching an NFL team. Those legends are: Tom Landry, Don Shula, Vince Lombardi (pictured), George “Papa Bear” Halas, George Allen, Paul Brown, Hank Stram, Bud Grant, and Weeb Ewbank.
The book also focuses on four great games from that era: the 1959 title game between the Colts and Giants (Unitas, Berry, Gifford, and tons of other Hall of Famers); the infamous Heidi Game; the Ice Bowl between the Cowboys and Packers; and the stunning upset of the Colts by Joe Namath’s Jets in Super Bowl III.
Almost all of the anecdotes and quotes in the book comes from exclusive interviews I did with many stars and superstars of the game such as Mel Renfro, Raymond Berry, Tom Matte, Gino Marchetti, Mike Ditka, Rick Volk, Don Maynard, Fred Cox, Floyd Little, Dave Robinson, Paul Warfield, and many more. Several of these men (such as Berry, Matte, Ditka, and Maynard) endorsed the book by providing blurbs for the cover.
The book is a follow-up, a sort of companion book to Remembering the Stars of the Glory Years of the NFL which focused on the roughest, toughest players of the time period (including Dick Butkus–he’s featured on the books cover in a great picture of him towering over a player he had just leveled), the superstars of the era, others who, though not superstars, were very, very good players, the humor of the game in the 1950s and 1960s, and the contrast between football then and now.
BELOW: A reminder that my America’s Cradle of Quarterbacks is also out now– and it includes an introduction by Western Pennsylvanian Mike Ditka.
Bonus Quiz: Of the men listed above in the descripton of the Glory Years book, which of them– #1 was a running back at Syracuse #2 was once called the greatest defensive end ever #3 was a wide receiver who once (in the 1960s) broke a tremendous record held by another man on the list #4 grew up on the same street as Joe Montana #5 was mainly a running back in the NFL, but was a quarterback in college for OSU and Woody Hayes
Answers: 1 Little 2 Marchetti 3 Maynard broke some Berry records 4 Cox 5 Matte