The Glory Game: How the 1958 NFL Championship Changed Football Forever

Frank Gifford, Author, Peter Richmond, With with Peter Richmond. HarperCollins $25.95 (285p) ISBN 978-0-06-154255-8

Gifford, the 78-year-old former star for the New York Giants and later an icon on Monday Night Football , tells the story of this much-chronicled game between his Giants and Johnny Unitas's Baltimore Colts from both his perspective and through interviews with teammates and opponents. Gifford decided to write this book after David Halberstam, a friend of Gifford's who had planned to write a book about the game, was killed in a 2007 car accident. Gifford's is a candid, insightful and entertaining look at the camaraderie and culture of the first great stirrings of the NFL, when professional football was a second-class sport in comparison to baseball. He describes vividly an era where the Giants players worked second jobs in the off-season, spent many fall nights barhopping their way across midtown Manhattan and often partook of cigarettes and beer in their Yankee Stadium locker room. Despite the title, this is less a book about how that 1958 game changed the NFL (which was covered in Mark Bowden's summer release of The Best Game Ever ) than it is an enjoyable telling of the men who played it. (Nov.)

Reviewed on: 09/22/2008
Release date: 11/01/2008
Genre: Nonfiction
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