The Last Headbangers

NFL Football in the Rowdy, Reckless '70s - the Era That Created Modern Sports
Cook, Kevin (Book - 2012)
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Between the Immaculate Reception in 1972 and The Catch in 1982, pro football grew up. In 1972, Steelers star Franco Harris hitchhiked to practice. NFL teams roomed in skanky motels. They played on guts, painkillers, legal steroids, fury, and camaraderie. A decade later, Joe Montana's gleamingly efficient 49ers ushered in a new era: the corporate, scripted, multibillion-dollar NFL we watch today. Kevin Cook's rollicking chronicle of this pivotal decade draws on interviews with legendary players--Harris, Montana, Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach, Ken "Snake" Stabler--to re-create their heroics and off-field carousing. He shows coaches John Madden and Bill Walsh outsmarting rivals as Monday Night Football redefined sports' place in American life. Celebrating the game while lamenting the physical toll it took on football's greatest generation, Cook diagrams the NFL's transformation from second-tier sport into national obsession.
Authors: Cook, Kevin, 1956-
Title: The last headbangers
NFL football in the rowdy, reckless '70s - the era that created modern sports
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Co., c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: vi, 278 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.
Local Note: 6 15 53 61 79 112 118 133 148 151 173 198 210 231 242 268
ISBN: 9780393080162
Statement of Responsibility: Kevin Cook
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: Nineteen seventies. Football United States History 20th century. National Football League History 20th century.
Topical Term: Nineteen seventies.
LCCN: 2012020568
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