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Football's Game Changers

Icons, Record Breakers, Scandals, Super Bowls, and More

Barry Wilner and Ken Rappoport

The second book in the Lyons Press Game Changers sports series answers the questions: What were the 50 most revolutionary personalities, rules, pieces of equipment, controversies, organizational changes, radio and television advancements, and more in the history of football? And how, exactly, did they forever change the game? Football’s Game Changers offers fascinating, detailed explanations along with a ranking system from 1 to 50 that is sure to inspire debate among professional and college gridiron aficionados. Ranging from each sport’s beginnings to today and tackling on-the-field and off-the-field developments, the Game Changers series offers a history of each sport through its turning-points and innovations. Full-color, and including photos, pull-outs, and sidebars throughout, books within the Game Changers series are important and entertaining additions to every sports fan’s library. « less more »
Globe Pequot Press / Lyons Press
Pages: 240Size: 8 x 8
978-1-4930-2421-6 • Paperback • August 2016 • $19.95 • (£13.95)
978-1-4930-2422-3 • eBook • August 2016 • $18.99 • (£12.95)
Series: Game Changers
Barry Wilner has been a sportswriter for the Associated Press since 1975. He has covered virtually every major sporting event, including 13 Olympics, 9 World Cups, 30 Super Bowls, the World Series, and the Stanley Cup finals, and has written more than fifty books. He is also an adjunct professor at Manhattanville College. He lives in Garnerville, New York.

Ken Rappoport is the author of nearly seventy sports books for adults and young readers. While working for the Associated Press in New York for thirty years, he has written about every major sport. His assignments have included the World Series, the NBA Finals, and, as the AP’s national hockey writer, the Stanley Cup Finals and the Olympics. He lives in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey.
[F]ootball fans will be most delighted by the heart of the [On the Clock], lists of 'the bold and beautiful, the fantastics and the flops, in NFL draft history,' including a look at the best and worst picks of each franchise, and separate best and worst lists for quarterbacks, running backs, linebackers, and safeties.
Publishers Weekly

Crazyball is so entertaining and chock full of sports history, you’ll never want it to be over. From the Snake Canyon adventures of Evel Knievel to the wrenchingly funny movie Dodgeball, to George Brett’s rage in the 'Pine Tar Incident,' it’ll be tough calling timeout once you begin your journey.
Associated Press

Alternately nostalgic and pointed, Wilner and Rappoport have written a book that will be a walk down memory lane—and an education—for football fans, whether they are veterans or rookies.
Judy Battista, NFL Network analyst and NFL.com columnist

Barry Wilner and Ken Rappoport have come up with a terrific formula for explaining how and why football has come to be the most popular sport in America. By focusing on the true difference makers—from George Halas to Pete Rozelle to Bear Bryant, even Teddy Roosevelt’s role in the game’s history and a mostly-forgotten kicker like Pete Gogolak’s impact—they have compiled a treasure trove of people, trends, and off-field events that provide a global view of the game. Well-researched, well-reported, and well-written by two of the most respected journalists in the business, Football’s Game Changers is an excellent resource to get a true picture of football’s spectacular growth over the decades.
Bob Glauber, NFL columnist for Newsday