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    Looking for some good football books

    As football season draws near, I've had the urge to read some good books on football strategy, preferably books by some good college football minds.

    I'm not interested in fiction, and don't really have an interest in reading something along the lines of The Junction Boys.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.



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    Re: Looking for some good football books

    Not a strategy book but a great read is "I am Third". Gale Sayers bio that also details the Brian Piccolo story and the relationship the two players had as Chicago Bears team mates


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    Re: Looking for some good football books

    Interesting idea. I'd be curious myself.


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    Re: Looking for some good football books

    Smart Football has some good stuff if you browse their archives.

    I have been interested in finding some similar books. You can try going to amazon.com and typing in keywords.... there are quite a few interesting book titles/authors. Maybe one of them will strike your interest.



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    Re: Looking for some good football books

    "Never Die Easy" Walter Payton's a****iography. He started writing this after he was diagnosed with his liver condition. The first part is his life's story. The second part is basically his dying wishes and an eulogy. Inspirational stuff, he was a great humanitarian. He secretly did a great deal of behind the scenes things for organizations, he never sought publicity. And an unmatched workout ethic. Great read!



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    Re: Looking for some good football books

    if you want biographies... check out "When the Game Stands Tall" book or the movie "Perfect Effort" (trailer on YouTube)

    both Great, Great stories (of the same program) Very highly reccomended to everyone!



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    Re: Looking for some good football books

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    Re: Looking for some good football books

    There is a LOT of stuff for free online. As suggested before, check out SmartFootball.com Lots of links to some really good stuff. I also like AdvancedNFLStats.com, if you're into "Moneyball" type of analysis applied to football.

    The easiest thing to do is go to SmartFootball, read some of the guy's articles and blog posts, and click on nearly every link he provides. I got a copy of Bill Walsh's QB coaching manual that way. There's also Blitzology, Every Day Should Be Saturday, Trojan Football Analysis, Pro Football Reference. There is so much stuff out there, particularly for me as a junior high football coach, that I lose about 50 minutes of every lunch hour just reading and digesting stuff.

    For books, there is also the yearly Nike Football Coaches Clinic. It's a compilation of presentations from college and NFL coaches talking not just strategy and schemes, but also motivation, teaching, effective communication (the really hard part of coaching). It's on Amazon.


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