Synopses & Reviews
Are you one of the millions of people across America are intrigued by professional football – and all types and levels of football? Perhaps you have a friends or a number of friends who have made the football season a ritual, from the last weekend in August until Super Bowl Sunday at the end of January. To be a part of that experience, you need to have a working knowledge of the game.
Football For Dummies, 2nd Edition, can provide you with that knowledge and help you relate to the passionate football fans in your life. On the surface, football may seem to be a very complicated game. The game becomes far less intimidating once you begin to understand the fundamentals of the game. After you break through that initial fear of being overwhelmed by football and what you don't understand, everything else about the game will fall into place, like dominoes. Get ready to find answers to all your football questions, such as:
- Why do they call it the "gridiron" anyway?
- Is the ball really made of pigskin, or is that an inside joke?
- Why do you get six points for a touchdown but only three points for a field goal?
- Does it really matter how all those guys line up on the field?
- Does it really mean something when the officials do those funny signals with their arms, or are they just bored out there?
If you don't know a touchdown from a touchback or an interference penalty from an interception, then this book is for you. You'll find easy-to-understand explanations of these topics and more:
- The football season
- Rules and regulations
- Keys to successful offensive line play
- Defense tactics and strategies
- Coaches, general managers, and other important folks
- Youth leagues and high school football
- Why people love college football
- Fantasy leagues
- Conditioning, training, and diet
Authors Howie Long – Emmy-award-winning football commentator and eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end – and John Czarnecki – editorial consultant for CBS NFL Today and Fox NFL Sunday – have teamed up to bring you the ultimate fan's guide to football. This second edition of Football For Dummies has been updated to cover new teams, stadiums, and players.
Get in on all the play-by-play action of professional and college football. Pro Bowl defensive end, TV commentator, and action-adventure movie star Long takes readers into the huddle and onto the playing field with this complete look at all the plays, positions, and penalties of the game.
Meet the greatest players, coaches, and teams of all time
The fun and easy way to tackle football basics and enjoy America's most popular sport
Love to play — or just watch — football? Want to know more about the game? Howie Long gives you up-to-the-minute information on all the rules, regs, positions, plays, and penalties, as well as the newest stadium technologies, the latest teams and players, and the must-do experiences of pro football. It's the ultimate fan's guide!
Follow the game at home or in the stadium
Understand offensive and defensive strategies
Train and gear up for a game
Join a fantasy football league
Get your kids involved in football
Praise for Football For Dummies
"Howie's book has got it all!"
— Jimmy Johnson, former head coach, Miami Dolphins
"[Howie's] knowledge and insight into the game of football ring through loud and clear!"
— Boomer Esiason, former All-Star quarterback and NFL commentator
"Howies book has got it all!"
Jimmy Johnson, former head coach, Miami Dolphins
Updated to cover new teams, stadiums, and players
The ultimate fans guide to football whether youre a player or spectator
Want to know more about football? Tackle the game with Howie Long as he delivers the complete scoop on rules, regulations, plays, positions, penalties, and more! Stay on the ball with expert advice on training, conditioning, and equipment, and meet todays hottest players and coaches. Youll decipher the Xs and Os with diagrams that make it a snap!
Praise for Football For Dummies
"Howies passion and enthusiasm for football come through on every page."
John Elway, former quarterback, Denver Broncos
"[Howies] knowledge and insight into the game of football ring through loud and clear!"
Boomer Esiason, former All-Star quarterback and NFL Commentator
The ultimate fan's guide to America's most popular sport
Since the last edition of Football For Dummies, new stadiums have been built, new stars have ascended, and records have been broken. This new edition has been revised to reflect today's game, giving football fans up-to-the-minute information on all the rules and regulations, positions, plays, and penalties. Featuring coverage of the newest stadium technologies, revised greatest players and legends, and pro-football must-do experiences, it also includes expert advice on training and gearing up for those who play the game. Fans will discover the best ways to enjoy football-at home or at the stadium.
About the Author
Howie Long, former Oakland Raiders defensive end, was elected to the pro football Hall of Fame in 2000. He made eigth Pro Bowl appearances, had a Super Bowl XVIII victory over the Washington Redskins, and has many other accolades to his credit. His size (6'5", 275 pounds), combined with his speed, strength, intensity, durability, and explosive quickness, set him apart. Long retired from the NFL after the 1993 season. Long is currently ia a commentator on the Emmy Award-winning FOX NFL Sunday program, which is the most-watched NFL pregame show in America.
Jon Czarnecki is a regular contributor to Inside Sports and Sport magazines. He has reported on the last 19 superbowls and has consulted for the NFL Today and currently for FOX NFL Sunday.
Table of Contents
Part I: Football 101.
Chapter 1: America’s Greatest Game.
Chapter 2: Meet Me on the Gridiron.
Chapter 3: Rules and Regulations.
Part II: Go Offense.
Chapter 4: The Quarterback.
Chapter 5: The Passing Game.
Chapter 6: On the Ground.
Chapter 7: The Offensive Line.
Chapter 8: Offensive Plays and Strategies.
Part III: The Big D.
Chapter 9: These Guys Are Huge: The Defensive Line.
Chapter 10: The Secondary.
Chapter 11: Defensive Tactics and Strategies.
Part IV: Meet the Rest of the Team.
Chapter 12: The Kicking Game.
Chapter 13: Coaches, General Managers, and Other Important Folks.
Part V: Football for Everyone.
Chapter 14: Armchair Quarterbacks and Other Fabulous Fans.
Chapter 15: Youth Leagues and High School Football.
Chapter 16: College Football.
Chapter 17: The NFL and Other Professional Football.
Chapter 18: Fantasy Leagues.
Part VI: Staying in the Game.
Chapter 19: The Mental Game and Motivation.
Chapter 20: Conditioning, Training, and Diet.
Part VII: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 21: The Ten Greatest Defensive Players of All Time.
Chapter 22: The Ten Greatest Offensive Players of All Time.
Chapter 23: Ten Plus One: A Dream Team.
Chapter 24: The Ten Greatest Coaches of All Time.
Chapter 25: The Ten Best Teams of All Time.
Appendix: Football Speak.