In writing The Game before the Money: Voices of the Men Who Built the NFL, I had the opportunity to interview 40 NFL legends from the 1930s – 1970s, providing an unprecedented look at history from their perspective. Their incredible stories provide firsthand knowledge of the game and its history.
Featuring 13 pro Football Hall of Fame inductees; 3 Heisman Trophy winners; 20 NFL/Super Bowl Champions; 5 NFL MVP Award winners. You’ll experience football history through the eyes of Bart Starr, Frank Gifford, Bob Griese, Jack Youngblood, and over two dozen other legendary NFL stars like Sonny Jurgensen, Paul Hornung, Don Maynard, Carl Eller, Dan Reeves, Walt Garrison, Elvin Bethea, and Conrad Dobler.
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“A marvelous read!” – Pat Williams, host of “Inside the Game” – 96.5 WORL, Orlando, FL
“Wonderful!” – Rich Kimball – ESPN Radio, 92.9 The Ticket, Bangor, Maine
“Fans who remember these players will thoroughly enjoy reliving the good times with the heroes of their youth, and younger fans will get a valuable sense of how today’s game came to be.”—Wes Lukowsky, Booklist
“All football fans will enjoy the stories told in this entertaining and engrossing read.” – Library Journal
“Original and far more interesting than fiction, these stories need no garnishment. Jackson Michael humbly asks, listens, and writes. His stated goal of delivering NFL history directly from the mouths of the men who made it is achieved with all the flair of a simple dive play that busts open for a forty-yard touchdown.”—Doug English, NFL All-Pro Defensive Tackle
Published by the University of Nebraska Press. Author Jackson Michael is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the Maxwell Football Club.