The Last Headbangers: NFL Football in the Rowdy, Reckless

The Last Headbangers: NFL Football in the Rowdy, Reckless '70s: the Era that Created Modern Sports Between the Immaculate Reception inand The Catch in , pro football grew up In , 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 ers 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


10 thoughts on “The Last Headbangers: NFL Football in the Rowdy, Reckless '70s: the Era that Created Modern Sports

  1. says:

    A really fun book to read on football from 1972 to 1982 Starts with Franco Harris catch in 1972 against the Raiders and ends with Dwight Clark s catch against the Cowboys in 1982 Football sure was different A lot of nicknames, dynasties and oh


  2. says:

    My interest in American Football post dates the period this book covers by several decades Although many names crop up from time to time in contemporary coverage The Last Headbangers is an interesting look at a time when the sport, and the society in


  3. says:

    Loved pro football in the 70 s and this helps memorialize it.


  4. says:

    Let me previse this review by saying I ve been a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers professional football team since the late 1970s and before I hit double digits age wise So, any book that has them at the center of its story regarding the wild, violent era of the N


  5. says:

    Raiders and Steelers fans unite for this breezy, nostalgic look at some of thecolorful and entertaining people and moments of the NFL during 1970 s and 1980 s Not the best book written about football about that era try Badasses by Peter Richmond if you re a Raider s f


  6. says:

    I was 10 years old, when The Houston Oilers drafted Earl Campbell, and the whole city seemed to catch Luv Ya Blue fever I was hooked on Pro Football from then on I read everything I could on the game, and I watched everything I could on TV, about the game The Last Headbange


  7. says:

    The title is misleading..it is less about the entire league than it is about the Steelers and Raiders primarily, with some stuff mixed in on the Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, and at the end, the San Francisco 49ers There was a lot in 1970s football that I wou


  8. says:

    I won this book via a Goodreads First Reads giveaway The Last Headbangers recovers from a disastrous, clich ridden prologue to become a decent enough book about the NFL in the 1970s, the last decade before the West Coast Offense began ruling the civilized world Cook s hackery returns h


  9. says:

    The Last Headbangers, Kevin Cook s paean to the violent and freewheeling NFL of the seventies is narrowly focused, somewhat disorganized, but still a generally entertaining read about some of the teams and characters of the period Cook, whose work has appeared in Sports Illustrated and Men s


  10. says:

    The Last Headbangers is a fantastic book that follows the NFL through the 1970 s, making a point to track the moments when the league went from body throwing reckless mayhem tocalculated studied assaults Kevin Cook predominantly chronicles the bitter and brutal rivalry between the Pittsburgh Steel


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