Football books for Super Bowl Sunday

Published 12:01 pm Tuesday, February 6, 2024

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If you’re a football fan, you will love these books! If you’re not, you might want to check one out anyway, so you can find a quiet corner on Super Bowl Sunday and read between commercials. 


I Beat the Odds by Michael Oher

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The football star made famous in the hit film The Blind Side reflects on how far he has come from the circumstances of his youth. While many people are now familiar with Oher’s amazing journey, here he shares his story in his own words.


When the Men Were Gone by Marjorie Herrera Lewis

When most of the men in her community depart to serve in World War II, Tylene Wilson navigates opposition from the press, her neighbors, rivals, referees and players to become Texas’s first woman high school coach.


Hometown Victory by Keanon Lowe

Keanon Lowe was working as an offensive analyst for the San Francisco 49ers when his childhood friend and former high school teammate suddenly died from an opioid overdose. Keanon dropped everything–including the plum NFL job he had been working towards since childhood–leading him to a position as football coach at a struggling high school back in his hometown. 


The Total Package by Stephanie Evanovich

A funny, sweet, and sizzling novel about the game of love, in which a star quarterback must figure out how to score big with a beautiful and talented media analyst after a heartbreaking fumble.


The Mosquito Bowl by Buzz Bissinger

When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, college football was at the height of its popularity. As the nation geared up for total war, one branch of the service dominated the aspirations of college football stars: the United States Marine Corps. Which is why, on Christmas Eve of 1944, when the 4th and 29th Marine regiments found themselves in the middle of the Pacific Ocean training for what would be the bloodiest battle of the war – the invasion of Okinawa – their ranks included one of the greatest pools of football talent ever assembled: Former All Americans, captains from Wisconsin and Brown and Notre Dame, and nearly twenty men who were either drafted or would ultimately play in the NFL. 


Robert B. Parker’s Cheap Shot by Ace Atkins

Kinjo Heywood is one of the New England Patriots’ marquee players—a hard-nosed linebacker who’s earned his standing as one of the toughest guys in the league. He may be worth millions but his connection to a nightclub shooting two years before is still putting a dangerous spin on his life, and his career. Heywood’s nine-year-old son, Akira, is kidnapped, and a winding trail through Boston’s underworld begins.


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