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The Big Game Books!

Hut, Hut, Read! It's time for America's annual championship game and a lot of guacamole. Here are some books about football, football players, and the Super Bowl. Helmets not included

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 Don't Throw It to Mo! book jacket

Don't Throw It to Mo! by David A. Adler

Accepted by his football teammates despite being their youngest member, little Mo is teased by a rival team until his coach devises a plan to use his smaller size to enable a big win.

Children's Fiction

 Control Freak: King of the Bench book jacket

Control Freak: King of the Bench by Steve Moore

Steve is King of the Bench. No brag. That’s just a fact. And this season, Steve and his friends are ready to sit on the sidelines of the Spiro T. Agnew Middle school football field. But then they stumble upon an old-school video game controller, and they become convinced it can control sports plays. With it, Steve might become King of Football too!

Children's Fiction

 The Super Bowl's Greatest Plays book jacket

The Super Bowl's Greatest Plays by Shane Frederick

Shares some of the greatest plays in Super Bowl history, including Lynn Swann's Swann dive in Super Bowl X, Marcus Allen's performance in Super Bowl XVIII, and David Tyree's perfect catch in Super Bowl XLII.

Children's Nonfiction

 Super Bowl Records book jacket

Super Bowl Records by Eric Braun

The Super Bowl has a record book of its own, and many of the names filling it are familiar. Tom Brady holds the record for most completions in a Super Bowl. Jerry Rice amassed the most receiving yards in a single game. The Pittsburgh Steelers hold the record for most wins with six. But not all of the record-holders are household names. Here are the stories of record-setters famous and obscure, presented with the power and pop of the sport itself.

Children's Nonfiction

 When It Was Just a Game: Remembering the First Superbowl book jacket

When It Was Just a Game: Remembering the First Superbowl by Harvey Frommer

Written by acclaimed sports author and oral historian Harvey Frommer and with an introduction by pro football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford, When It Was Just a Game tells the fascinating story of the ground-breaking AFL–NFL World Championship Football game played on January 15, 1967: Packers vs. Chiefs.

Adult Nonfiction

 The NFL in the 1970s: Pro Football's Most Important Decade book jacket

The NFL in the 1970s: Pro Football's Most Important Decade by Joe Zagorski

The 1970 merger between the American Football League and the National Football League laid the foundation for a stronger brand of gridiron competition, providing a new level of excitement for fans. This book examines each year of the NFL’s pivotal decade in detail, covering the great names, great rivalries and great games, as well as the key changes in both strategy and rules. Along the way, the author explains how pro football developed into a near-religious American tradition.

Adult Nonfiction

 Lost Champions: Four Men, Two Teams, and the Breaking of Pro Football's Color Line book jacket

Lost Champions: Four Men, Two Teams, and the Breaking of Pro Football's Color Line by Gretchen Atwood

Many know the story of Jackie Robinson integrating major league baseball in 1947. But few know that the NFL integrated a year earlier, when Kenny Washington stepped on the field for the Los Angeles Rams. He wasn't the only one. Four men broke pro football's color line in 1946, Kenny Washington and Woody Strode with the Los Angeles Rams and Bill Willis and Marion Motley with the Cleveland Browns.

Adult Nonfiction

 The Last Headbangers: NFL Football in the Rowdy, Reckless '70s, the Era That Creating Modern Sports book jacket

The Last Headbangers: NFL Football in the Rowdy, Reckless '70s, the Era That Creating Modern Sports by Kevin Cook

A 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.

Adult Nonfiction

 The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game book jacket

The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis

When we first meet Michael Oher is one of thirteen children by a mother addicted to crack; he does not know his real name, his father, his birthday, or how to read or write. He takes up football, and school, after a rich, white, Evangelical family plucks him from the streets. Then two great forces alter Oher: the family's love and the evolution of professional football itself into a game in which the quarterback must be protected at any cost

Adult Nonfiction

 NFL Confidential: True Confessions From the Gutter of Football book jacket

NFL Confidential: True Confessions From the Gutter of Football by Johnny Anonymous

A successful offensive lineman who secretly hates football and its politics shares behind-the-scenes observations about life in the NFL to expose its bizarre realities, customs, and prejudices.

Adult Nonfiction