Remembering the Stars of the NFL Glory Years: An Inside Look at the Golden Age of Football

Rowman & Littlefield. Jul. 2017. 238p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781442274235. $38; ebk. ISBN 9781442274242. SPORTS
Stewart (Stan the Man) contends that the 1950s and 1960s were the golden age of professional football. This latest book contains interviews with several players from that era to support that assertion. Stewart has gathered solid stories and commentary about the time and its stars. The main problem with the book is its organization. Although there are chapters on "The Best Offensive Players," "The Toughest Players," and "Hall of Fame Defenders," the rest reads like a grab bag as it transitions from player to player, sometimes by their position but inconsistently expressed. For example, while Hall of Fame fullback Jim Brown is featured in "The Best Offensive Players," Hall of Fame fullback Jim Taylor does not turn up until the section on "The Toughest Players." Similarly, although the first few sections are devoted to Hall of Famers, not all inductees from the time are included. The interviewed players seem to be mostly from the Baltimore Colts and there is very little commentary on the American Football League. The final chapter, "The NFL Then and Now," works best and is the most focused.
VERDICT An interesting book to skim, but its randomness is a detriment.
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