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Books for the Football Fan
Football season is upon us - soon there will be crunchy fall leaves underfoot on walks to the stadium, hours spent yelling at the TV and the all-important comradery between kindred fans. here are some reads to get your football-lovin’ soul in the fall football spirit.
NEW! In the Name of the Father: Family, Football, and the Manning Dynasty by Mark Ribowsky
In the Name of the Father explores the Manning Dynasty, beginning with former NFL quarterback Archie Manning. The book recounts major games of each of the Manning men, beginning with their high school careers. Some might call the family "American football royalty". In the Name of the Father is Available through your local library.
New! 12: the inside story of Tom Brady's fight for redemption by Casey Sherman
For all those Patriots fans out there - this may be a great read for you. It tackles the story of "Deflategate" and gives a behind the scenes view of the controversial ordeal, ending with the Pats in the playoffs. 12 is available through your local library.
Football nation is a look at football from where it began to today. The book includes nearly 400 pictures and other rare looks at football memorabilia, cartoons, and art. The author discusses the biggest football personalities and what lead up to the creation of the Football Nation we have today. Football nation is available through your local library.
100 Things Oklahoma Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Steve Richardson
Can you name each position’s best players in Sooner football? Or when the Sooner Schooner made its first appearance? Read more about the events and football personalities that made Oklahoma football and test your knowledge. 100 things Oklahoma Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die is available at your local library and on eBook through OverDrive.
100 things Oklahoma State Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Robert Allen
This is the book for the ultimate Cowboys fan – if you’re a Cowboy, you will want to take notes as you read this title. Maybe you have been to your fair share of games at Boone Pickens Stadium but can you name all of the OSU Cowboys who went on to be Hall of Fame players? 100 things Oklahoma State Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die is available at your local library and on eBook though Hoopla and OverDrive.
My First Coach tells the story of 12 NFL quarterbacks and their dads including Tom Brady, Payton Manning, and Joe Montana. Each story offers inspiration through the dedication of each father - attending games and being a best friend to their sons. My First Coach is available through your local library and on eBook and eAudiobook through Overdrive.
Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin
Undefeated is an engaging young adult novel that both adults and kids can enjoy. It tells the story of legendary athlete, Jim Thorpe during a time in which American Indians were being pressured to change their cultural identity. Undefeated is available through your local library and on eAudiobook through OverDrive.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
This fiction title is not exactly about football, but the story starts and ends in a football stadium. The novel touches on a time of deep emotion in America’s not-so-distant past, telling the story of members of Bravo Squad during their “Victory Tour” at Texas Stadium following the War in Iraq. There is also a film based on the book released in 2016 staring Joe Alwyn as Billy. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is available at your local library and on eAudiobook and eBook through Overdrive.
When Pride Still Mattered by David Maraniss
This biography tells the story of Vince Lombardi, the coach who lead the Green Bay Packers to five world championships. Lombardi was the son of an Italian immigrant butcher and spent years as a high school coach before he began coaching the pros in his 40s. When Pride Still Mattered is available at your local library as well as on eAudiobook through Hoopla and OverDrive and eBook through OverDrive.
North Dallas Forty by Peter Gent
This fiction novel tells the story of eight days in the life of a professional football player, as told by former NFL wide receiver Peter Gent. There is also a 1979 movie based on the book starring Nick Nolte. North Dallas Forty is available at your local library and as an eBook through Hoopla and OverDrive. The movie is also available at your local library.
Where men win glory: the odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer
Where men win glory tells the heart-wrenching story of NFL player and soldier Pat Tillman and the truth behind his death. The author uses Tillman’s journals, letters, and interviews with family and friends to tell his story. Where men win glory is available from your local library and on eAudiobook and eBook through OverDrive.
Check out these highly anticipated titles coming to your library this fall.
The League: How Five Rivals Created the NFL and Launched a Sports Empire by John Eisenberg
Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL by Jeff Pearlman
Spirals: A Family’s Education in Football by Timothy Spears