The top 20 NFL books … ever


Talk of Fame Network

If you follow the NFL, you read about it … not just through newspapers or posts on the internet but through books.

Earlier this year, we had Hall-of-Fame voter Gary Myers of the New York Daily News on a Talk of Fame Network broadcast to talk about his latest release, “Brady vs. Manning: The Untold Story of the Rivalry that Transformed the NFL.” The book was a huge success, with Myers doing 60 radio appearances and several book signings the week of the AFC championship game.

And he should have. It was an in-depth look at two Hall-of-Fame quarterbacks who met 17 times and defined an era, winning six Super Bowls between them.

But Myers’ book is just one of hundreds of thousands of tomes written about the NFL, with some of the best going back decades. We all have our personal favorites, and our Clark Judge cast an early vote for Robert Riger’s “The Pros,” a beautifully constructed coffee table look at the NFL in the last 1950s – with some of the best black-and-white photography of the game ever produced.

But that’s one man’s opinion. Our favorite historian, John Turney of Pro Football Journal passed on NFL Films’ Chris Willis’ favorites … and this just in: While he likes “The Pros” it’s not numero uno on his top 20. So what it is? You’re going to have to go here to find it:

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  1. James
    April 9, 2016

    Speaking of Football books. The Silent Season by Duane Thomas is the best NFL Football book I ever read It gave a insight into the Cowboy’s of the early 70’s that I never heard anywhere else. Like Bob Lily making 27,000 a year and finding out at a Pro Bowl in 71 that Merlon Olson was making 100,000 a yr which caused a tremendous amount of turmoil in the Cowboy’s Locker room – Because it got most of the Cowboy players questioning what they where being paid. The Cowboy’s promised Duane a new contract and did not honor it – Therefore causing Duane’s silent season in protest. I went to a speaking engagement in the late 70’s from Rayfield Wright and I got a chance to ask him about the book and found out the stuff in the book was true. Brian’s Song #2 , Paper Lion #3 , I enjoyed the Snakes book as well.

    • April 9, 2016

      Loved Paper Lion. Never read Thomas’ book. Will now.

  2. Rick Gosselin
    April 9, 2016

    Run to Daylight was my favorite. I still have the original Bantam Books paperback that cost 50 cents.

  3. James
    April 11, 2016

    Hey Clark , I got the name of Duane Thomas book wrong. It was called Duane Thomas and the fall of the Cowboys written w/ Paul Zimmerman. Sorry about that.

    • April 12, 2016

      Thanks, James. Know Paul. Great writer. Will read it. Thanks for the note.

  4. Joe Zagorski
    November 28, 2017

    Clark, when you get a chance, please check out my book The NFL in the 1970s: Pro Football’s Most Important Decade. Thanks!
    Joe Zagorski

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