NFL Century: The One-Hundred-Year Rise of America’s Greatest Sports League

As the NFL enters it second century, this is a look back at its first, from the pros just before 1920, to the organization of the league, and all the stories after.

It’s a look at some of the familiar stories (if you’re a football fan), told from a new angle, along with some new stories.

It’s here from the 1958 Championship Game (“The Greatest Game Every Played”), to the formation of the AFL, to the glory years of the ’70s, this is a fun look at the game. Plus, there are chapters about the first black quarterback to start in the NFL (James Harris), to how the Cowboys were built in the ’90s, to the expansion of the game, both number of teams and breadth of reach.

One thing that bugged me about this book, though, are a couple of mistakes that I found. For example, the New York Jets signed Joe Namath, beating out the St. Louis Cardinals of the NFL – but this books says it was the Chicago Cardinals (they had already moved). It also had the wrong score of SBII. Not major things, but it just makes me wonder what other errors are in here that I trust the author – the former executive director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame – to have gotten right.

Not the worst book on the NFL I’ve read, but maybe not the best.

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