Why is a football field sometimes called a gridiron? Who are some of the best left-handed quarterbacks ever? Who was the first Black quarterback to win a Super Bowl? Why do players form a huddle when plays are called? When did quarterback sacks become an official statistic? What is the record for the most passes thrown by a quarterback in a game?
This book provides a slew of questions and in-depth answers concerning the traditions, rules, records, and history of pro football (and more). From the early days of football to the hugely popular game seen today, Wayne Stewart answers questions even the most knowledgeable fan may have pondered. Whether the topic is quarterbacks or coaches, famous “firsts” or memorable moments, if a Who, What, When, Where, Why, or How? question is on your mind, this is the book for you.
Wayne Stewart is a professional writer and sports historian. He has written numerous articles for publications such as Baseball Digest, USA Today/Baseball Weekly, and the SABR Research Journal. He is the author of thirty-six books, including Stan the Man: The Life and Times of Stan Musial (2010), America’s Cradle of Quarterbacks: Western Pennsylvania’s Football Factory (2015), Remembering the Stars of the NFL Glory Years: An Inside Look at the Golden Age of Football (2017),All the Moves I Had: A Football Life (2016), written with Raymond Berry, and a number of sports trivia titles.
“The Football Book of Why is an entertaining and fact-filled book that any fan will enjoy. Wayne Stewart completely covers the game from its roots through today.” —Jackie Smith, Pro Football Hall-of-Fame tight end