The inside story of the most colorful decade in NFL historyapro footballas raging, hormonal, hairy, druggy, immortal adolescence. Between the Immaculate Reception in 1972 and The Catch in 1982, pro football grew up. In 1972, Steelers star Franco Harris hitchhiked to practice. NFL teams roomed in skanky motels. They played on guts, painkillers, legal steroids, fury, and camaraderie. A decade later, Joe Montanaas gleamingly efficient 49ers ushered in a new era: the corporate, scripted, multibillion-dollar NFL we watch today. Kevin Cookas rollicking chronicle of this pivotal decade draws on interviews with legendary playersaHarris, Montana, Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach, Ken aSnakea Stablerato re-create their heroics and off-field carousing. He shows coaches John Madden and Bill Walsh outsmarting rivals as Monday Night Football redefined sportsa place in American life. Celebrating the game while lamenting the physical toll it took on footballas greatest generation, Cook diagrams the NFLas transformation from second-tier sport into national obsession.The run/pass gap reached historic proportions that November, when Chicago Bears quarterback Bob Avellini threw 6 times ... that footballfans couldna#39;t careless about blocking schemes andthe relative merits of the Cover One andCoverTwo.
|Title||:||The Last Headbangers: NFL Football in the Rowdy, Reckless '70s: the Era that Created Modern Sports|
|Publisher||:||W. W. Norton & Company - 2012-09-03|