Bloody Sundays by Mike Freeman
Inside the Dazzling, Rough-and-Tumble World of the NFL

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Award-winning sportswriter Mike Freeman goes beyond day-to-day newspaper journalism and ESPN highlights to take us deep inside the game and reveal the NFL in ways that will surprise the most avid football fans. He travels to the sidelines and into the locker rooms to interview hundreds of players and coaches on their expertise. Breaking the game down to its essential elements -- coaching, offense, and defense -- Freeman profiles in depth three of today's football elite: Jon Gruden, head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Michael Strahan, defensive end for the New York Giants; and Emmitt Smith, the legendary running back.

Bloody Sundays goes behind the scenes of the "secret society" of gay players who play in fear of their lives and careers, studies how the violence of the game ravages the bodies of players, and takes us into the owners' offices to look at the darker side of the sport.

Part tribute, part exposé, Bloody Sundays is a vivid portrait of professional football that "gives you so much to think about that you might find yourself switching off a game to read" (New York Times Book Review).


About Mike Freeman

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MIKE FREEMAN is a national NFL writer for Before that, he was an NFL writer and investigative reporter for the New York Times, a columnist for the Florida Times-Union, and a sports reporter, features writer, and investigative writer for the Washington Post, Boston Globe, and Dallas Morning News. In all, Freeman has covered professional football for over two decades. He has twice been named honorable mention in the Best American Sports Writing series and is one of only a handful of writers to have multiple top-ten finishes in one year in the Associated Press Sports Editors writing contest. This is his sixth book. He lives in New Jersey.
Published June 7, 2011 by HarperCollins e-books. 340 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Using a structure similar to George Will's Men at Work, Freeman dedicates sections of his new book to coaches, players and executives, employing their stories as jumping off points to discuss the inner working of the NFL.

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