Relive the greatest moments in the NFL
The Immaculate Reception. The Ice Bowl. The Music City Miracle. The Catch. For nearly a century, the National Football League has provided fans with pulse-pounding moments on the gridiron.
In the tradition of their best-selling collaboration And the Crowd Goes Wild, veteran chronicler of popular history Joe Garner and broadcast icon Bob Costas team up to bring fans this one-of-a-kind compendium of NFL history. 100 Yards of Glory celebrates 100 of professional football’s greatest moments, players, coaches, teams, and triumphs. The richly illustrated text is accompanied by an original ten-part documentary, hosted by the inimitable Bob Costas, produced by an Emmy Award–winning team, and featuring thrilling game footage, commentary, and highlights, direct from the NFL’s own archives.
From the great dynasties to the improbable catches, the legendary coaches to the heroic QBs, the most incredible comebacks to the most notorious collapses, 100 Yards of Glory relives—in print and on screen—the most unforgettable moments in the game’s history. 100 Yards of Glory is a must-have for any football fan.
• The infamous 1934 “Sneakers Game”
• Roger Staubach’s Hail Mary pass
• Tony Dorsett’s amazing 99-yard run
• Coach Vince Lombardi’s first—and last—playoff loss
• The 1985 Chicago Bears defense—the “Monsters of the Midway”
• Johnny U in the 1958 AFC Championship: “The Greatest Game Ever Played”
• Eli Manning’s Giants toppling Tom Brady’s Patriots in Super Bowl XLII
• Landry’s Cowboys, Walsh’s 49ers, Belichick’s Patriots, and Lombardi’s Packers
• Drew Brees hoisting the Lombardi trophy for jubilant New Orleans Saints fans
• And much more.
Q: Why did you choose to compile the greatest moments in the NFL’s history versus that of the MLB or NBA?
A: The popularity of the NFL is at an all-time high. Even casual fans are passionate about their teams. In researching the idea, I found its rich history and heroic and colorful characters incredibly compelling. It just came together faster. But I hope to eventually do similar immersive books about Major League Baseball and the NBA.
A:I’ve enjoyed a long relationship with NFL Films, dating back to my first sports collection, And the Crowd Goes Wild. It’s impossible to do a book like this without their trust and cooperation. With the NFL onboard, I had access to over a million photographs and thousands of hours of game footage dating back to the 1930s. Ultimately, the curated media gives the reader a much more immersive experience than they can have with any other book.
Q: Was it difficult to choose only 10 entries for each category? Are there any moments/people/rivalries that you wish had made the final cut?
A: I’ve long since learned it’s impossible to include everything. So, I don’t mind being criticized for what isn’t included. (That’s why sequels exist.) I do get concerned if I’m criticized for what is included. We’ll have to see. But given the input I received from the NFL, namely Craig Ellenport, Senior Editor of NFL.com, I think we’re on pretty safe ground. There is something for every fan, young and old.
Q: Is there a single greatest moment in this work that stands out for you?
A: By and large, the moments, players, and coaches included in 100 Yards of Glory have all left an indelible mark on the game. So to single out just one is like pulling out a piece of a puzzle— one element doesn’t give a complete and satisfying picture.
Q:This is your fourth book with Bob Costas. Can we anticipate any additional projects you’ll be teaming up for in the future?
A: Whether a televised sporting event or these books, Bob’s involvement raises the bar. In my opinion, he is without equal. Part of that is his born talent and the other is his incredible hard work at preparation. I sure hope there will be future projects and perhaps a fifth book.
Photos from the Book
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New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi (54) cuts out the legs of Oakland Raiders running back Zack Crockett, left, as Patriots linebacker Roman Phifer (95) looks on, AFC Divisional Playoff game at snowy Foxboro Stadium, Foxboro, Mass., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2002. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana makes a pass in a 20-16 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII on January 22, 1989 at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, Florida. Super Bowl XXIII - Cincinnati Bengals vs San Francisco 49ers - January 22, 1989 (AP Photo/NFL Photos)
Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi, standing facing camera, yells for 100% effort of his players as he rides the practice blocking skid at the Packers training camp in Green Bay, Wis., on July 17, 1967. Assistant coach Phil Bengtson is at left. (AP Photo)
Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas during a rookie training camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1955. Johnny Unitas - Pittsburgh Steelers - File Photos (AP Photo/NFL Photos)
Pittsburgh Steelers Lynn Swann dives as he catches a pass from quarterback Terry Bradshaw during Super Bowl X in Miami, Fla., on Sunday, Jan. 18, 1976. (AP Photo)