Best Football Biographies Books
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1. Heart and Steel
Author: by Bill Cowher
Atria Books (June 1, 2021)
A poignant, inspirational story about football, family, and love from Bill Cowher, the Super Bowlwinning, Hall-of-Fame Pittsburgh Steelers coach, and cohost of CBS’s The NFL Today. Long before the Lombardi Trophy, the Golden Hall of Fame jacket, and successful TV career, legendary head coach Bill Cowher was simply Billy from Crafton.
Born and raised just fifteen minutes from old Three Rivers Stadium, it was in Crafton where the foundation of Cowher’s irrepressible work ethic, passion for teaching, and love of football and the Pittsburgh Steelers were built. Now, for the first time, Cowher will shine a light on a life filled with success, achieved through will and resilience in situations which, often times, appeared to be hopeless.
In Heart and Steel, Cowher will take you on his journey from childhood to the undersized, mohawked, disco-dancing North Carolina State linebacker, to fighting for a spot as a bubble player with the Browns and Eagles, before injuries ended his playing career.
2. Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
Author: by Phil Knight
In this instant and tenacious New York Times bestseller, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight offers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh (Booklist, starred review), illuminating his company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.
Bill Gates named Shoe Dog one of his five favorite books of 2016 and called it an amazing tale, a refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to business success really looks like. It’s a messy, perilous, and chaotic journey, riddled with mistakes, endless struggles, and sacrifice.
Phil Knight opens up in ways few CEOs are willing to do. Fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed fifty dollars from his father and launched a company with one simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost running shoes from Japan.
Selling the shoes from the trunk of his car in 1963, Knight grossed eight thousand dollars that first year. Today, Nike’s annual sales top $30 billion. In this age of start-ups, Knight’s Nike is the gold standard, and its swoosh is one of the few icons instantly recognized in every corner of the world.
3. Twelve Mighty Orphans: The Inspiring True Story of the Mighty Mites Who Ruled Texas Football
Author: by Jim Dent
St. Martin's Griffin
Jim Dent, author of the New York Times bestselling The Junction Boys, returns with his most powerful story of human courage and determination. More than a century ago, a school was constructed in Fort Worth, Texas, for the purpose of housing and educating the orphans of Texas Freemasons.
It was a humble project that for years existed quietly on a hillside east of town. Life at the Masonic Home was about to change, though, with the arrival of a lean, bespectacled coach by the name of Rusty Russell.
Here was a man who could bring rain in the midst of a drought. Here was a man who, in virtually no time at all, brought the orphans’ story into the homes of millions of Americans. In the 1930s and 1940s, there was nothing bigger in Texas high school football than the Masonic Home Mighty Mitesa group of orphans bound together by hardship and death.
These youngsters, in spite of being outweighed by at least thirty pounds per man, were the toughest football team around. They began with nothingnot even a footballyet in a few years were playing for the state championship on the highest level of Texas football.
4. Travels with Charley in Search of America
Author: by John Steinbeck
An intimate journey across America, as told by one of its most beloved writers To hear the speech of the real America, to smell the grass and the trees, to see the colors and the lightthese were John Steinbeck’s goals as he set out, at the age of fifty-eight, to rediscover the country he had been writing about for so many years.
With Charley, his French poodle, Steinbeck drives the interstates and the country roads, dines with truckers, encounters bears at Yellowstone and old friends in San Francisco. Along the way he reflects on the American character, racial hostility, the particular form of American loneliness he finds almost everywhere, and the unexpected kindness of strangers.
5. The TB12 Method: How to Do What You Love, Better and for Longer
Author: by Tom Brady
The #1 New York Times bestseller by the 7-time Super Bowl champion The first book by Tampa Bay Buccaneers and former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Bradythe 7-time Super Bowl champion who is still reaching unimaginable heights of excellence in his fortiesa gorgeously illustrated and deeply practical athlete’s bible that reveals Brady’s revolutionary approach to sustained peak performance for athletes of all kinds and all ages.
In this new edition of The TB12 Method, Tom Brady further explains and details the revolutionary training, conditioning, and wellness system that has kept him atop the NFL at an age when most players are deep into retirement. Bradyalong with the expert Body Coaches at TB12, the performance lifestyle brand he cofounded in 2013 with Alex Guerreroexplain the principles and philosophies of pliability, a paradigm-shifting fitness concept that focuses on a more natural, healthier way of exercising, training, and living.
Filled with lessons from Brady’s own training regimen, The TB12 Method provides step-by-step guidance on how develop and maintain one’s own peak performance while dramatically decreasing injury risks. This illustrated, highly visual manual also offers more effective approaches to functional strength & conditioning, proper hydration, supplementation, cognitive fitness, restorative sleep, and nutritious, easy-to-execute recipes to help readers fuel-up and recover.
6. Finished Business: My Fifty Years of Headlines, Heroes, and Heartaches
Author: by Ray Didinger
Temple University Press
Ray Didinger opens his lively memoir Finished Business with the Philadelphia Eagles’ upset win in Super Bowl LII. When the Eagles finally hoist the Lombardi Trophy, Didinger does his best to straddle the emotions of a working reporter and a long-suffering Philly fan.
His ability to do that is why he has built up such a loyal following. Didinger began following the Eagles as a kid, hanging out in his grandfather’s bar in Southwest Philadelphia. He spent his summers at the team’s training camp in Hershey.
It was there he met his idol, flanker Tommy McDonald. He would later write a play, Tommy and Me, about their friendship and his efforts to see McDonald enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Didinger has been covering the Eagles as a newspaper columnist or TV analyst since 1970.
Over the years, he wrote sports for the Philadelphia Bulletin and the Philadelphia Daily News. He later produced Emmy Awardwinning documentaries for NFL Films before transitioning to sports talk radio and TV analysis. In five decades, across multiple media platforms, he has interviewed everyone from Hank Aaron, Wayne Gretzky, Muhammad Ali, Julius Erving, Jack Nicklaus, to Mike Schmidt, as well as writing film scripts for Hollywood stars such as Bruce Willis and Alec Baldwin.
7. The Dynasty
Author: by Jeff Benedict
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Tiger Woods comes the definitive inside story of the New England Patriotsthe greatest sports dynasty of the 21st century. It’s easy to forget that the New England Patriots were once the laughingstock of the NFL, a nearly bankrupt team that had never won a championship and was on the brink of moving to St. Louis.
Everything changed in 1994, when Robert Kraft acquired the franchise and soon brought on board head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. Since then, the Patriots have become a juggernaut, making ten trips to the Super Bowl, winning six of them, and emerging as one of the most valuable sports franchises in the world.
Today, the team’s twenty-year reign atop the NFL stands as the longest in league history. How was the Patriots dynasty built? And how did it last for two decades? In The Dynasty, acclaimed journalist Jeff Benedict provides richly reported answers in a sweeping account based on exclusive interviews with more than two hundred insidersincluding team executives, coaches, players, players’ wives, team doctors, lawyers, and moreas well as never-before-seen recordings, documents, and electronic communications.
8. Above the Line: Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championship Program
Author: by Urban Meyer
The instant New York Times bestsellerRemarkable lessons in leadership and team building from one of the greatest football coaches of our time. Urban Meyer has established himself as one of the elite in the annals of his sport, having lead his players to three national championships.
In Above the Line, he offers readers his unparalleled insights into leadership, team building, and the keys to empowering people to achieve things they might never have thought possible. Meyer shares his groundbreaking game planthe game plan followed every day in the Ohio State Buckeyes’ championship seasonfor creating a culture of success built on trust and a commitment to a common purpose.
Packed with real life examples from Meyer’s storied career, Above the Line delivers wisdom and inspiration for taking control and turning setbacks into victories for a team, a family, or a Fortune 500 company.
9. The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership
Author: by Bill Walsh
The last lecture on leadership by the NFL’s greatest coach: Bill Walsh Bill Walsh is a towering figure in the history of the NFL. His advanced leadership transformed the San Francisco 49ers from the worst franchise in sports to a legendary dynasty.
In the process, he changed the way football is played. Prior to his death, Walsh granted a series of exclusive interviews to bestselling author Steve Jamison. These became his ultimate lecture on leadership. Additional insights and perspective are provided by Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana and others.
Bill Walsh taught that the requirements of successful leadership are the same whether you run an NFL franchise, a fortune 500 company, or a hardware store with 12 employees. These final words of ‘wisdom by Walsh’ will inspire, inform, and enlighten leaders in all professions.
10. Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life's Storms
Author: by Tim Tebow
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ECPA BESTSELLER Who are you when life is steady? Who are you when storms come? With this book, Tim encourages readers to keep moving and stay strong while battling life’s obstacles. Cam Newton, quarterback for the Carolina Panthers Most of us have been on the receiving end of rejection, a broken dream, or heartbreak.
And while this is not an easy space to go through, when we are grounded in the truth, we can endure the tough times. In this powerful book, Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow passionately shares glimpses of his journey staying grounded in the face of disappointment, criticism, and intense media scrutiny.
Tebow talks about what he’s learned along the way, building confidence in his identity in God, not the world. This moving book also features practical wisdom from Scripture and insights gained from others who have impacted him in life-changing ways.
11. The Secret Apartment: Vet Stadium, a surreal memoir
Author: by Tom Garvey
If I overheard anyone telling this story in a bar or at a party, I wouldn’t believe it either. But I must confess, I’d probably scooch a little closer, eavesdropping, unable to walk away. I’d have to find out how this yarn unraveled.
Let’s begin an implausible story with a seemingly simple yet complex question. If you were single, never married with no children or dependents, would you, if you had the opportunity, have lived on the down low in a secret apartment in Veterans Stadium?
In this proposal we have an off the wall South Philly version of The Phantom of the Opera, but the larger notion this question begs could easily challenge the inner demons of sports fans anywhere. If you had an opportunity to live in a major sports stadium of a team you grew up loving, what would you have done?
In my case: I could, so I did. Truth, always strange, is stranger than fiction.~ Lord Byron
12. The Greatest You: Face Reality, Release Negativity, and Live Your Purpose
Author: by Trent Shelton
Writing from deep, been-there experience, college football standout-turned NFL dropout Trent Shelton takes you on a journey to become the best hope-filled version of yourself. Trent Shelton seemed to have it all togetheruntil everything fell apart. A college football standout, his NFL dreams died when he was cut from multiple teams.
With no job and no prospects, learning he had a child on the way and numbing himself with whatever he could find, Trent then found out one of his closest friends had killed himself. Life seemed without hopeuntil Trent discovered the secret to finding promise in the darkest of times.
And now he shares that secret with you. Sharing his revolutionary toolkit for transforming your life and reaching your goals, in The Greatest You, Trent will help youbecome everything you are meant to be;face the reality of your circumstances and realize your purpose in life;break free from toxic environments and forgive those who’ve harmed you; andlearn how to guard yourself against the pitfalls of life.
13. NFL 100
Author: by National Football League
Harry N. Abrams
An authorized visual history of America’s most popular sport Timed to coincide with the National Football League’s 100th anniversary, NFL 100 celebrates the history of America’s most popular and highly watched sport. From its humble beginnings in Canton, Ohio, to its emergence as a sport cherished by millions, all the key moments and famous athletes are honored within the pages of this handsomely produced book.
In addition to the lively text, and action and portrait photography, the story of the game and the context in which it grew are animated by original lists, charts, creative statistics, and infographics, along with beautiful photos of the evolving equipment and artifacts essential to the story of the sport.
A perfect gift, NFL 100 will be cherished by every football fan, new or old.
14. Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman
Author: by Jon Krakauer
A stunning account of a remarkable young man’s heroic life and death, from the bestselling author of Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, and Under the Banner of Heaven. Pat Tillman walked away from a multimillion-dollar NFL contract to join the Army and became an icon of post-9/11 patriotism.
When he was killed in Afghanistan two years later, a legend was born. But the real Pat Tillman was much more remarkable, and considerably more complicated than the public knew… This edition has been updated to reflect new developments and includes new material obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
15. But What If We're Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past
Author: by Chuck Klosterman
June 7, 2016
New York Times bestselling author Chuck Klosterman asks questions that are profound in their simplicity: How certain are we about our understanding of gravity? How certain are we about our understanding of time? What will be the defining memory of rock music, five hundred years from today?
How seriously should we view the content of our dreams? How seriously should we view the content of television? Are all sports destined for extinction? Is it possible that the greatest artist of our era is currently unknown (orweirder stillwidely known, but entirely disrespected)?
Is it possible that we overrate democracy? And perhaps most disturbing, is it possible that we’ve reached the end of knowledge? Klosterman visualizes the contemporary world as it will appear to those who’ll perceive it as the distant past. Kinetically slingshotting through a broad spectrum of objective and subjective problems, But What If We’re Wrong?
Is built on interviews with a variety of creative thinkersGeorge Saunders, David Byrne, Jonathan Lethem, Kathryn Schulz, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Greene, Junot Daz, Amanda Petrusich, Ryan Adams, Nick Bostrom, Dan Carlin, and Richard Linklater, among othersinterwoven with the type of high-wire humor and nontraditional analysis only Klosterman would dare to attempt.