Won for All : The Inside Story of the New England Patriots' Improbable Run to The Super Bowl

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In a year when patriotic fervor swept across this country, another group of Patriots also staked a claim to a part of football history that will not soon be forgotten. A last place team in 2000, they won their division in 2001, then finished with three upset playoff victories, including the stirring last-second victory over the high-octane and heavily favored St. Louis Rams in the Super Bowl. From training camp to Adam Vinatieri's dramatic game-winning field goal and its aftermath, Won for All is the inside story of how the team, maligned at the start of the season, overcame injuries and distractions to win it all - and the inside story from Pepper Johnson, the Patriots inside linebackers coach and a 13-year NFL veteran. Told in first-person narrative, Pepper will give the reader an intimate and unmatched perspective on the Patriots' amazing season. Observant and perceptive, he's willing not only to talk about what occurred on the field as the season progressed and began to crescendo toward its unlikely finale, but also address a number of other topics, many of which contibuted to their success, and some that will give fans an glimpse into everyday life in the NFL. Divided into 12 chapters, the narrative will reconstruct the season with intervening material on the inner workings of a team that remained largely invisible to Patriot followers. By showing what the team was like in all its dimensions and replaying all the defining moments of their magical season, Won for All has a chance to find a lasting place among football books.

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An inside look at the New England Patriots' amazing championship season

When Adam Vinatieri booted the ball through the uprights from forty-eight yards out in the final, stirring seconds of Super Bowl XXXVI, he had done much more than give the New England Patriots a heart-stopping 20-17 victory over the heavily favored St. Louis Rams. Vinatieri's last-second, clutch field goal not only enabled the Patriots to win their first-ever Super Bowl but also allowed this group of hard-working, never-say-die players to complete one of the most amazing turnarounds in NFL history. Won for All gives you the complete inside story of a team that went from last place to first in a single, incredible season.

Pepper Johnson, former All-Pro linebacker and thirteen-year NFL veteran, takes you behind the scenes of one of football's great Cinderella stories for a riveting look at the Patriots' rags-to-riches saga. As the team's inside linebackers coach, Johnson lived the entire story, beginning with the 5-11 season of 2000 (the first for head coach Bill Belichick), a season that ended with veteran safety Lawyer Milloy telling his teammates they were losers and promising it wouldn't happen again. Yet despite an upgrading of personnel through the draft and the signing of several key free agents prior to 2001, the fans, media, and even one of the team's top scouts didn't see the Patriots winning more than eight games. Given this scenario, no one predicted that the team would even make the playoffs, let alone contend for pro football's biggest prize.

In this fully illustrated chronicle of all of the 2001 season's memorable moments, Pepper Johnson takes you on a complete journey, beginning in training camp, continuing through the winter snows of Foxboro, and improbably ending at the Super Dome in New Orleans. He not only recounts the many exciting games and individual plays that ultimately brought the team its greatest victory but also relates how a hard-working coach and his dedicated staff went about molding and motivating a championship team, taking a group of diverse individual talents and bringing them together with a single goal--to win. With his insider's eye, Johnson explains the qualities that made players like Tom Brady, Troy Brown, Lawyer Milloy, Tedy Bruschi, Bryan Cox, and Adam Vinatieri take up the gauntlet thrown down by their coaches and shock the football world. In a year when patriotic fervor swept the country, the Patriots overcame a 1{-}3 start, a number of key injuries, and other distractions to eventually become the unlikely heroes of the Super Bowl.

"Paxton's snap was perfect. Walter set it down, spun the laces, and Adam stepped up and swung his leg through the ball. As soon as it left his foot, he began jumping up and down. He knew. We all watched, and in a few seconds, we all knew. . . . We had done it. We had beaten the Rams and, as Lawyer Milloy would say, we shocked the world. The New England Patriots had won the Super Bowl."

--Pepper Johnson

They began the season as losers in the eyes of the football world. When they started out at 1-3 and lost their starting quarterback to a devastating injury, the outlook for the New England Patriots was decidedly bleak. Not once since the team began as the Boston Patriots in the old American Football League in 1960 had they brought their fans a championship. It would take a miracle, but nobody expected one--not the fans, not the press, and perhaps not even the Patriots themselves--and certainly no one could have predicted the incredible saga that was about to unfold.

In this in-depth chronicle of the Patriots' mind-boggling Super Bowl season, Pepper Johnson, the Patriots' inside linebackers coach and thirteen-year NFL veteran, takes you from the meeting rooms to the locker room and out onto the field as he brings you the inside story: the disheartening early defeats, the gradual coming together of an entire team, and the final heart-stopping victories that led an often-maligned franchise to overcome adversity and eventually win it all.

About the Author:

Thomas Pepper Johnson originally joined Bill Belichick's coaching staff with the New England Patriots as part of the NFL's minority coaching fellowship in the summer of 2000. On Feb. 1, 2001, he joined the staff as the inside linebackers coach, a position he excelled at for 13 seasons in the NFL. During his career, he was twice named to the Pro Bowl, and earmed two Super Bowl titles as a member of the New York Giants in 1986 and again in 1990, where his presence helped form one of the most dominant defensive units in the game's history. He retired as a player in 1999. Bill Gutman has been a freelance writer for three decades. The majority of his books have been about sports, with an emphasis on biography and sports history. His most recent adult bio, Parcells, A Biography, was published by Carrol and Graf in 2000. Hometown: Providence, RI (Johnson); Dover Plains, NY (Gutman)

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