Football For Dummies

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9780764550546: Football For Dummies

Get in on all the play-by-play action of professional and college football. Eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end, award-winning TV commentator, and action-adventure movie star Howie Long takes you into the huddle and onto the playing field with Football For Dummies, a complete look at all the plays, positions, and penalties of the game, along with plenty of game-day insight and playing-field strategies.

Baseball may be America's favorite pastime, says Howie, but football is America's passion. From the first kickoff of the preseason to the final seconds of the Super Bowl, you'll have a greater understanding of the game after you've read Football For Dummies. From the basics of the game (Are footballs really covered with pigskin? And what's a gridiron," anyway?) to offensive and defensive plays, armchair quarterbacks, and the art of staying fit, Long tells all. Plus, check out Howie's Part of Tens, with his hits on the ten greatest coaches, offensive and defensive players, and teams of all time -- along with a "Dream Team" roster and complete "Football Speak" glossary.

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At last, the Dummies series is tackling football. Former Raider all-pro defensive end and current Fox TV analyst Howie Long calls the signals, and if he doesn't always go deep--he's got a lot of ground to cover--at least he connects. With all its X's and O's, football is a complicated sport, and Long works hard to smooth the way: "Once you break through that initial fear of being overwhelmed by football and what you don't understand," he counsels, "I know everything else about the game, like dominoes, will fall into place." In his role as guide, Long plays those dominoes, from peewees to the pros to the fantasy leagues, explaining positions, analyzing offenses and defenses, and detailing strategies. As with all Dummies guides, the fun part is the "Part of Tens," the series of top-10 lists that dig in for the final chapter. He scores big with his inclusions of John Hannah and Hugh McElhenny among the greatest offensive players ever, but should be penalized for overemphasizing tight ends and forgetting the electricity that wide receivers bring to the game. This, of course, reflects a defensive end's natural bias; since they muck it up more with the hulkier tight ends, they simply let the speedballs fly by. --Jeff Silverman

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"Howie's book has got it all!" Jimmy Johnson, Former Head Coach, Miami Dolphins Praise for Football for Dummies "Full of insights, strategies, and me!" — Terry Bradshaw, FOX NFL Commentator and Former NFL Quarterback "Howie's passion and enthusiasm for football comes through on every page!" — John Elway, Quarterback, MVP, Super Bowl XXXIII "Football For Dummies has all the answers and more!" — Bill Cowher, Head Coach, Pittsburgh Steelers

Your playbook for positions, rules, and penalties

Decipher the Xs and Os — from the Zone Blitz to the Run-and-Shoot You won't have to fumble around for expert football advice using this friendly guide. Tackle the intricacies of the game with these tips on everything from plays and strategies to youth teams and fantasy football leagues. Whether you're a player, fan, parent, or coach, you'll find these pointers from one of football's greats invaluable.

Discover how to: Decipher football terms and lingo Understand basic run formations Interpret referee signals Understand defense and offense Gear up with pads, shoes, and more Get in game shape

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