The Last Headbangers by Kevin Cook
NFL Football in the Rowdy, Reckless '70s--The Era that Created Modern Sports

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The inside story of the most colorful decade in NFL history—pro football’s raging, hormonal, hairy, druggy, immortal adolescence.

Between the Immaculate Reception in 1972 and The Catch in 1982, pro football grew up. In 1972, Steelers star Franco Harris hitchhiked to practice. NFL teams roomed in skanky motels. They played on guts, painkillers, legal steroids, fury, and camaraderie. A decade later, Joe Montana’s gleamingly efficient 49ers ushered in a new era: the corporate, scripted, multibillion-dollar NFL we watch today. Kevin Cook’s rollicking chronicle of this pivotal decade draws on interviews with legendary players—Harris, Montana, Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach, Ken “Snake” Stabler—to re-create their heroics and off-field carousing. He shows coaches John Madden and Bill Walsh outsmarting rivals as Monday Night Football redefined sports’ place in American life. Celebrating the game while lamenting the physical toll it took on football’s greatest generation, Cook diagrams the NFL’s transformation from second-tier sport into national obsession.

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KEVIN COOK is the author of The Last Headbangers, Titanic Thompson, and Tommy's Honor. The former editor in chief of Golf Magazine, he has written for Sports Illustrated, GQ, Playboy, Details, Men's Journal, and many other magazines, and has appeared on ESPN, CNN, and FOX TV. He lives in New York City.
Published September 3, 2012 by W. W. Norton & Company. 304 pages
Genres: History, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Cook brings to life both the outsized personalities of the era—party animal Ken “the Snake” Stabler, chain smoking Fred Biletnikoff, the troubled Terry Bradshaw, Broadway Joe Namath, Mean Joe Greene and so many others—and also the great rivalries and games of the era, particularly among the Steel...

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