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Real Football: Conversations on America's Game

Norwood, Stephen H.

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ISBN 10: 1578066638 / ISBN 13: 9781578066636
Published by University Press of Mississippi
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Title: Real Football: Conversations on America's ...

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

Binding: PAPERBACK

Book Condition:Fine

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Starting Lineup:
Dub Jones Greg Pruitt
Bert Jones Clendon Thomas
Ken Mendenhall Joe Washington, Sr.
Tony Peters Joe Washington, Jr.
Steve Zabel

Since the 1960s, professional football has been America's most popular sport. This book explores the culture of football from the inside-from the players' perspective-the game the fans never see.

Conversations are with eight top athletes, men who played in the National Football League for at least ten years, and with another who coached football for forty-five years. The players analyze the mental, physical and emotional experience of the game at the high school, college, and professional levels, and at nearly every gridiron position.

The author chooses his subjects carefully and finds articulate interpreters of this hard-edged experience. The author and the players discuss in depth a wide range of topics, including masculinity, injury, and pain, big-time college recruiting, college athletes and academics, relations with fathers and coaches, encounters with Jim Crow and desegregation, strikes and labor relations in the NFL. Yielding full pictures of their lives and careers, these athletes go on to explore aging and their adjustments to retirement.

Stephen H. Norwood, professor of history at the University of Oklahoma, is the author of Strikebreaking and Intimidation (2002) and Labor's Flaming Youth (1990). He is the winner of the Herbert Gutman Award in American social history and the Macmillan/SABR Award in baseball history.

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Interviews with eight top athletes and one coach; conversations that yield perspective on this hard-edged, brutal experience from all levels and positions

Boasts players who are articulate and thoughtful, not cliché spouters

Ranges through all the hot issues: race relations, desegregation, college recruiting

Runs the field with offense, defense, coaches, even a father-and-son duo

STARTING LINEUP: --Bert Jones (QB) Baltimore Colts, 1973-81; Los Angeles Rams, 1982 --Dub Jones (RB, DB) Miami Seahawks, 1946; Brooklyn Dodgers, 1947; Cleveland Browns, 1948–55; Offensive Coordinator, Cleveland Browns, 1963–67 --Ken Mendenhall (C) Baltimore Colts, 1971–80 --Tony Peters (S, DB) Cleveland Browns, 1975–77; Washington Redskins, 1978–85 --Greg Pruitt (RB) Cleveland Browns, 1973–81; Los Angeles Raiders, 1982–84 --Clendon Thomas (RB, S) Los Angeles Rams, 1958–61; Pittsburgh Steelers, 1962–68 --Joe Washington, Jr. (RB) San Diego Chargers, 1976–77; Baltimore Colts, 1978–80; Washington Redskins, 1981–84; Atlanta Falcons, 1985 --Joe Washington, Sr. (Coach) Prairie View A & M, 1948–51; Head Football Coach, Hilliard High School, Bay City, Texas, 1951–65; Head Football Coach, Abraham Lincoln High School, Port Arthur, Texas, 1965–95 --Steve Zabel (TE, LB) Philadelphia Eagles, 1970–74; New England Patriots, 1975–78; Baltimore Colts, 1979

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