America's Game: The NFL at 100 (Paperback)
A celebration of 100 years of the NFL from Hall of Fame receiver and bestselling author Jerry Rice!
“This book is an amazing compilation of the game’s history as seen through the eyes of my friend Jerry Rice, aka The GOAT. You are going to love this book almost as much as you loved watching Jerry play!” —Barry Sanders, NFL Hall of Fame Class of 2004
The authors of the New York Times bestseller 50 Years, 50 Moments celebrate the first 100 years of the National Football League, interweaving history, personal stories, memories, and observations of some of its greatest players, coaches, and advocates to chronicle football’s amazing evolution from a fledgling regional fly-by-night operation into a multi-billion global brand and one of America’s leading franchises.
Over the past century, professional football has transformed from a game played in leather helmets on cow pastures to one of the most high-tech, popular sports on the planet. In this entertaining and concise history, Jerry Rice and Randy O. Williams celebrate the NFL’s centennial, bringing together colorful memories, insights, and personal experiences and observations from the heroes, losers, innovators, and defining legends who have played the game at its highest level. America's Game is filled with inside stories of the league’s fiercest rivalries, closest competitions, and most memorable characters, from the early days of Red “The Galloping Ghost” Grange and “Slingin’” Sammy Baugh to Jim Brown and “Broadway” Joe Namath to Lawrence Taylor, Jerry Rice, and Tom Brady.
Cowboy fans will never forget how Roger Staubach’s Hail Mary lifted his team to a last-second playoff victory over the Vikings. Patriot followers will always point to The Tuck Rule Game as a franchise landmark where Adam Vinatieri’s two clutch kicks in deep snow propelled his team to victory over the Raiders. Generations of Steelers fans will celebrate James Harrison’s electrifying 100–yard interception return for a touchdown in Super Bowl XLIII. All are among the most memorable moments in NFL history. Divided by increments of twenty-five years, each section of America's Game includes the authors’ selections for their “All Star” players and teams.
America's Game is a unique tribute to this enduring cultural phenomenon, and will become the authoritative tribute to all that is great about the sport Americans—and the world—loves.
About the Author
Jerry Rice is a three-time Super Bowl champion and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame. Generally regarded as the best wide receiver to ever play in the National Football League, Rice is now a television personality in both sports and entertainment, appearing on several shows, including Dancing with the Stars, Deal or No Deal, and Law & Order: SVU. Rice also previously cohosted Sports Sunday on the San Jose NBC local affiliate and was an NFL analyst on ESPN. He resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Randy O. Williams has written on sports and entertainment for major publications and websites such as Sports Illustrated, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, NFL.com, and ESPN.com. He is the author of the acclaimed book Sports Cinema—100 Movies: The Best of Hollywood’s Athletic Heroes, Losers, Myths, and Misfits. He resides in Southern California.
“This book is an amazing compilation of the game’s history as seen through the eyes of my friend Jerry Rice, aka The GOAT. If you are a football fan, you are going to love this book almost as much as you loved watching Jerry play!”
— Barry Sanders, Hall of Fame Class of 2004
“Going back to our days together, Jerry Rice’s dedication to excellence has always been a trademark of his, and now it shines again with this highly entertaining book celebrating 100 years of the National Football League.”
— Steve Young, Hall of Fame Class of 2005
“Jerry played every snap, whether in practice or in games, as if it were his last. His new book reflects that same dedication to be the best.”
— Brett Favre, Hall of Fame Class of 2016
“It’s a daunting task to compress 100 years of history into just under 500 pages with any coherency, but Rice and Williams manage the task ably...a fun read and very informative.”
“A treat for gridiron fans.”
— Kirkus Reviews