NFL Century
From the executive director of the NFL Hall of Fame comes a sweeping and lively history of the NFL, timed to coincide with the NFL's 100th Anniversary Season.The NFL has come a long way from its founding in Canton, Ohio in 1920. In the hundred years that have passed since that fateful day, the former scrappy upstart league that once struggled to stay afloat has become America's most popular and lucrative professional sport. Along the way it has survived a host of challenges--the Great Depression and WW2, controversies and scandals, battles over labor rights and competition from rival leagues--even as it has produced American icons like Vince Lombardi, Joe Montana and Tom Brady. It is an extraordinary and entertaining history that could only be told by Joe Horrigan, Executive Director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and perhaps the greatest living historian of the NFL. By drawing upon decades of NFL archives, Joe has written the definitive history of the NFL. Compelling, eye-opening and authoritative, NFL Century is a must-read for NFL fans and anyone who loves the game of football.

NFL Century Details

TitleNFL Century
Author
ReleaseAug 27th, 2019
PublisherCrown Archetype
ISBN-139781635653595
Rating
GenreSports and Games, Sports, Nonfiction, Football

NFL Century Review

  • Scott Martin
    January 1, 1970
    (Audiobook) (3.5 Stars) Given that the NFL will officially play its 100th season when the Bears and Packers kick-off on Thursday, thought it might interesting to read what this history had to say about the league. It does try to cover the 100 years in a bit of survey fashion, highlighting the key people and moments that saw pro football evolve from the less-than-romantic image of thugs who couldn’t leave college ball behind to becoming the multi-billion dollar industry and the truly “American Sp (Audiobook) (3.5 Stars) Given that the NFL will officially play its 100th season when the Bears and Packers kick-off on Thursday, thought it might interesting to read what this history had to say about the league. It does try to cover the 100 years in a bit of survey fashion, highlighting the key people and moments that saw pro football evolve from the less-than-romantic image of thugs who couldn’t leave college ball behind to becoming the multi-billion dollar industry and the truly “American Sport”. There is certainly no shortage of material. Yet, when Horrigan starts talking about the league when it was established in 1920, there is almost no mention of actions on the field. It is mostly the legal and financial actions of the various owners and agents trying to capitalize on making money on the game. The only mention of a player is when he talks about the impact of when Red Grange signed with the Chicago Bears. While teams played actual football, there is no mention of any on-field activity until he gets to the 1940s, when he starts to talk about the “T” formation and its impact on the game. From there, Horrigan incorporates more on-field activity, discussing key games (the 1958 NFL Championship, the AFL/NFL SuperBowls, the Immaculate Reception, etc), but still mentions a number of key off-field activities. Admittedly, as a big football fan, much of the more current information was known to me. I did learn a great deal about the founding of the league and the early days when its was a quest for survival and growth. Yet, with so little mention of on-field activity in the first 20-30 years, it made it feel like nothing really happened on the field until long after the start of the league. That was a weakness. Overall, not a bad read, but maybe not the end-all/be-all for the history of the game. The audiobook would seem to be as good or bad as the actual hard copy/ebook. A timely read, but don’t know if it will become a cannon text for football history.
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  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book as an ARC from Crown in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.I have been a life long fan of the NFL and the NFL Hall of Fame and have been to the museum in Canton, OH several times. This book broke down and connected many stories of the NFL Hall of Fame and some of the Inductees that have made their mark on the league and some that are considered NFL legends such as Vince Lombardi, Joe Montana, Joe Namath and Bre I received this book as an ARC from Crown in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.I have been a life long fan of the NFL and the NFL Hall of Fame and have been to the museum in Canton, OH several times. This book broke down and connected many stories of the NFL Hall of Fame and some of the Inductees that have made their mark on the league and some that are considered NFL legends such as Vince Lombardi, Joe Montana, Joe Namath and Brett Farve. I also learned so much of the history from this book and I loved the fact that an actual NFL Hall of Fame Commissioner did write this book and is considered the top historian of the league. I can not wait to not only add this to our library collection but purchase it for my own collection because not only will our community appreciate this book but a lot of my family and friends will appreciate this book as well.We will consider adding this title to our Sports collection in our Non-Fiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
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  • Chris Willis
    January 1, 1970
    I got an advance copy of this book. It was a great read. With the NFL's 100th season approaching, if your looking to learn about the history of the game in one volume this is the book for you. Highly recemmended.
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