Smash-Mouth: My Football Journey from Trenton to Canton

Bethea, Elvin

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Synopsis: Smash-mouth football was just another day at the office during the heyday of professional football in the 1960s and 1970s. Elvin Bethea began his pro career with the Houston Oilers of the AFL in 1968 when the upstart league was filled with colorful characters and brilliantly gifted players who had finally proven they were "good enough" to compete with the NFL. After the AFL merged with the NFL in 1970, one of the most exciting decades in pro football history was underway. Smash-Mouth the story of Bethea's journey from a life of rural poverty in Trenton, New Jersey, to his All-American college football career at North Carolina A&T, where segregation still ruled the South. Smash-Mouth takes Bethea from potential Olympic track stardom in 1968 to his legendary pro football career where he earned his reputation as one of the most feared and dangerous defensive linemen in NFL history. From classic playoff battles with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1978 and 1979 to off-the-field exploits with some of football's most eccentric characters, Smash-Mouth culminates in Bethea's greatest ultimate honor-his long overdue induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003. Along the way, Bethea's story is filled with candid assessments of the talents and personalities of some of the greatest names in 1970s football-Terry Bradshaw, Joe Namath, O.J. Simpson, Archie Manning, Earl Campbell, Dan Fouts, Franco Harris, Bum Phillips, Dan Pastorini, Billy "White Shoes" Johnson, Chuck Noll, Hank Stram, Art Shell, Anthony Munoz, Kenny Houston, John Mackey, and many, many more.

About the Author: Elvin Bethea was born in Trenton, New Jersey, in 1946 and was the first of nine children. After graduating from Trenton High School, where he held national track honors in shot put and discus throw, Bethea attended North Carolina A&T in Greensboro on an athletic scholarship. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in physical education, Bethea was drafted by the Houston Oilers of the American Football League in 1968. During his 16 years with the Oilers, he set team records for games played (210), seasons played, and Pro Bowl appearances (eight). Bethea led the team in quarterback sacks six times, including a career-best mark of 18 in 1976. After retirement from the NFL, the Oilers retired his jersey number (No. 65) and honored him with an Elvin Bethea Appreciation Night on August 4, 1983. Almost 20 years later to the day, Bethea was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Mark Adams received his bachelor's degree in English from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and his master's degree in theatre and English from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Since 1995, he has been artistic director of the College of the Mainland Community Theatre in Texas City, Texas.

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