Are You Ready for Some Football (Books)?

Football season is upon us—so what better time for a book about football to be upon your nightstand (or wherever you keep your books). Read on for a list of great books about football for you to read when there isn’t a game on…

The Ones Who Hit the Hardest: The Steelers, the Cowboys, the ‘70s, and the Fight for America’s Soul by Chad Millman. This is the story of the rise of the Pittsburgh Steelers under coach Chuck Knox and their rivalry with “America’s Team” the Dallas Cowboys.

Badasses: The Legend of Snake, Foo, Dr. Death, and John Madden’s Oakland Raiders by Peter Richmond. The Raiders were the bad boys of the NFL in the ‘70s. This book will tell you all the gory details about the “Team That Madden Built”.

NFL Unplugged: The Brutal, Brilliant World of Professional Football by Anthony Gargano. Get a behind-the-scenes look at life as an NFL player. It sounds like these guys earn their money.

The Blind Side: The Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis. If you’ve seen the movie, you definitely need to read this book. In addition to the compelling story of Michael Oher, Lewis also documents the invention of the West Coast offense and the rise of the offensive left tackle as the crucial protector of the quarterback’s blind side.

The Best Game Ever: Giants vs. Colts, 1958, and the Birth of the Modern NFL by Mark Bowden. The title seems to say it all—a well-reviewed book about a classic football game.

Gridiron Gauntlet: The Story of the Men Who Integrated Pro Football, in Their Own Words by Andy Piascik. It is common knowledge that Jackie Robinson was the first black player in Major League Baseball, but the history of the integration of professional football is far less well known. Andy Piascik wants you to know more about it, so he wrote this book.