Synopses & Reviews
A stirring portrait of the decade when the Steelers became the greatest team in NFL history, as their city was crumbling around them.
In the 1970s, the city of Pittsburgh was in need of heroes. In that decade the steel industry, long the lifeblood of the city, went into massive decline, putting 150,000 steelworkers out of work. And then the unthinkable happened: The Pittsburgh Steelers, perennial also-rans in the NFL, rose up to become the most feared team in the league, winning four Super Bowls in six years and lifting the spirits of a city on the brink.
In The Ones Who Hit the Hardest, Chad Millman and Shawn Coyne trace the rise of the Steelers amidst the backdrop of the fading city they fought for, bringing to life characters such as: Art Rooney, the owner of the team so beloved by Pittsburgh that he was known simply as "The Chief"; Chuck Noll, the headstrong coach who used the ethos of steelworkers to motivate his players; and Jack Lambert, the linebacker whose snarling, toothless grin embodied the Pittsburgh defense. Thoroughly researched and grippingly written, The Ones Who Hit the Hardest is a stirring tribute to a city, a team, and an era.
About the Author
is a senior deputy editor for ESPN The Magazine
and is the author of numerous books, including the New York Times
bestseller Iceman: My Fighting Life
. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey.
Pittsburgh native Shawn Coyne is a former editor and a publisher who has overseen numerous bestsellers, including Favre, Payton, and Namath. He lives in New York.