Starting Lineup: Dub Jones Greg Pruitt Bert Jones Clendon Thomas
Ken Mendenhall Joe Washington, Sr. Tony Peters Joe Washington, Jr.
Since the 1960s, professional football has been America's most
popular sport. This book explores the culture of football from the
inside-from the players' perspective-the game the fans never
Conversations are with eight top athletes, men who played in the
National Football League for at least ten years, and with another
who coached football for forty-five years. The players analyze the
mental, physical and emotional experience of the game at the high
school, college, and professional levels, and at nearly every
The author chooses his subjects carefully and finds articulate
interpreters of this hard-edged experience. The author and the
players discuss in depth a wide range of topics, including
masculinity, injury, and pain, big-time college recruiting, college
athletes and academics, relations with fathers and coaches,
encounters with Jim Crow and desegregation, strikes and labor
relations in the NFL. Yielding full pictures of their lives and
careers, these athletes go on to explore aging and their
adjustments to retirement.
Stephen H. Norwood, professor of history at the University of
Oklahoma, is the author of "Strikebreaking and Intimidation" (2002)
and "Labor's Flaming Youth" (1990). He is the winner of the Herbert
Gutman Award in American social history and the Macmillan/SABR
Award in baseball history.
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