I was lucky enough to get my hands on a review copy of a new book titled “Football’s Greatest” from Sports Illustrated. This massive (10′ x 13′, 288 pages) hard cover book is one of those books any serious football fan must have sitting on their bookshelf.
The book is a group effort by seven Sports illustrated senior writers and editors who cover the NFL. They’ve taken on the painstaking job of ranking the NFL’s historical best of the best in over 20 categories. Best quarterbacks, best linebackers, best stadiums, best franchises, etc.
Whether you’re a Packers fan or a fan of any of the “Other 31,” it’s easy for me to say you’ll love this book.
If you are a Packers fan, I can tell you that your team is very well represented, with 22 selections in 17 categories, including three #1 rankings and 14 in the top five. I can tell you that naturally, Vince Lombardi was selected as the greatest coach in NFL History, and there is one Packers player omitted that really rankles me. I don’t want to be a spoiler, so you’ll have to read the book to find out who the other Packers selections are.
To pick up a copy of the book, click on the image above. Also, look for our Packers prediction contest before the Packers – Jaguars game. The person with the most accurate game prediction will win a copy of the book.
For some more details about the book, here is the official press release from SIBooks:
Who Are Football’s Greatest?
Sports Illustrated’s team of experts answers the questions pro football fans have been debating since the pigskin started flying
New book sets the All-Time Top 10 in every category—from positions to teams to coaches and rivalries—with best football movies, stadiums, and uniforms mixed in as well
NEW YORK—As the NFL approaches the midpoint of the 2013 season, Sports Illustrated’s pro football experts have created the ultimate book to help settle, and probably continue, the debate for the gridiron’s best ever. FOOTBALL’S GREATEST, on sale today, names the Top 10 in more than 20 categories not just by position player, but also the best stadiums, rivalries, coaches and even trades. The book also looks at the most underrated players in the history of the NFL and includes hundreds of classic images and the storytelling that only the writers of Sports Illustrated can provide.
Edited by Bill Syken, with contributions from Peter King, Tim Layden, Don Banks, Steve Rushin, Jim Trotter, Michael Silver, Damon Hack, Roy Blount Jr. and the rest of SI’s NFL insiders past and present, FOOTBALL’S GREATEST gives fans the definitive, deftly reasoned look at the best in the NFL from across every era, ranked by the experts into an ultimate Top 10.
Is Lawrence Taylor or Dick Butkus the best linebacker? Which current coach is the only one to make the Top 10? Will Cheeseheads or the Steel City faithful be more surprised with where some of their greatest rank? Did the West Coast offense produce the biggest impact or was it Landry’s shotgun? Are the undefeated 1972 Dolphins really the best “team” in the history of the league? Was “The Greatest Game” between the Colts and Giants actually the greatest game ever played?
FOOTBALL’S GREATEST also looks at so many of the intangibles that sports fans love, and produces lists that range from the Most Underrated (Kurt Warner or Antonio Gates?) to Best Trades (“How ‘Bout Those Cowboys”) to Best Interviews (Does Neon Deon make the list?) and Best Movies (Will they “Show You The Money”?).
These are just some of the debates that will be settled, and possibly started, in the pages of this newest and greatest collection of everything football from Sports Illustrated.
Introduction by Steve Rushin
Sports Illustrated Books
Publication Date: October 16, 2012
Here are all the categories:
Best Running backs
Best Wide Receivers
Best Tight Ends
Best Offensive Linemen
Best Defensive Linemen
Best Defensive Backs
Best Single-Season Teams
Best Undrafted Players
Best SI Covers
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.