America’s Passion: How a Coal Miner’s Game Became the NFL in the 20th Century

English: Arlington, Va. (Aug. 11, 2003) -- Nat...
English: Arlington, Va. (Aug. 11, 2003) — National Football League (NFL) Hall of Fame quarterback, Terry Bradshaw signs the guest book at the 911 Memorial for America’s Heroes inside the Pentagon. The Fitz-Bradshaw NASCAR Busch Race Team owned by Terry Bradshaw and Armando Fitz brought along NASCAR race driver Casey Atwood to the Pentagon for an autograph session and to promote their Navy sponsored team. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer’s Mate Johnny Bivera. (RELEASED) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you like the NFL you should check out America’s Passion: How a Coal Miner’s Game Became the NFL in the 20th Century

This book was written by our good friend Evan Weiner, TV and Radio pundit, newspaper columnist and public speaker.  The book is filled with stories and interviews of some of the greatest players in the history of the league.
The book traces the league from a meeting in a Canton car dealership to the multi-billion dollar business it is today and Evan provides analysis of exactly why the NFL grew when so many other sports leagues failed to do so.
It is a fascinating work that every NFL fan that has an interest in the history of the game should read.
     The National Football League (NFL) is the premier fan sport in the United States. But it wasn’t always like that. Author Evan Weiner takes us back to the days when the NFL was a mom and pop store operation with the players and others who witnessed the league’s growth first hand. The game of football started in the dark coal mines in western Pennsylvania (PA) and is today a multi-billion dollar business.
The work is available at for only $2.99.  It is a steal and is a great gift for any NFL fan.  You might also be interested in Evan’s other works including From Peach Baskets to Dance Halls and the Not-so-Stern NBA, and The Business and Politics of Sports which are both available at as well.
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