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Football For Dummies, 4th US Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-01261-1
408 pages
June 2011
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The fun and easy way to tackle football basics and enjoy America's most popular sport

Since the last edition of Football For Dummies, new stadiums have been built, new stars have ascended, and records have been broken. This new edition has been revised to reflect today's game, giving football fans up-to-the-minute information on all the rules and regulations, positions, plays, and penalties.

Featuring coverage of the newest stadium technologies, revised greatest players and legends, and pro-football must-do experiences, it also includes expert advice on training and gearing up for those who play the game.

  • The complete fan's updated guide to football
  • Revised material on new players, stadiums, and strategies
  • Written by football legend Howie Long and revered analyst John Czarnecki

From peewees to the pros, this hands-on, friendly guide covers the nuts and bolts of football for fans of all ages and experience levels.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Football 101.

Chapter 1: America's Greatest Game.

Chapter 2: Meet Me on the Gridiron.

Chapter 3: Them's the Rules (And Regulations).

Part II: Go, Offense!

Chapter 4: The Quarterback, Football's MVP.

Chapter 5: The Passing Game.

Chapter 6: Hitting the Ground Running.

Chapter 7: The Offensive Line at Work in the Trenches.

Chapter 8: Examining Offensive Plays and Strategies.

Part III: The Big D.

Chapter 9: These Guys Are Huge: The Defensive Line.

Chapter 10: The Secondary: Last Line of Defense.

Chapter 11: Delving into Defensive Tactics and Strategies.

Part IV: Meet the Rest of the Team.

Chapter 12: Special Teams, Masters of the Kicking Game.

Chapter 13: Coaches, General Managers, and Other Important Folks.

Part V: Football for Everyone.

Chapter 14: Armchair Quarterbacks and Other Fabulous Fans.

Chapter 15: Youth Leagues and High School Football.

Chapter 16: College Football — Where It All Started.

Chapter 17: Taking a Look at the NFL (And Other Professional Leagues).

Chapter 18: Playing Fantasy Football.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 19: The Ten (Or So) Greatest Defensive Players of All Time.

Chapter 20: More Than Ten Top Offensive Players.

Chapter 21: The Ten Greatest Coaches in the History of the Game.

Chapter 22: The Ten Best Teams of All Time.

Chapter 23: The Ten Most Intense College Football Rivalries.

Part VII: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Football Speak.

Appendix B: Get Your Tickets Here.


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Author Information

Howie Long is a former Oakland/Los Angeles Raider with eight Pro Bowl appearances, a Super Bowl win, and a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

John Czarnecki is a professional football consultant.

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Press Release

June 02, 2011
Tackle America’s Favorite Sport with Howie Long’s Football For Dummies®, 4th Edition

A lot has happened in the four years since Howie Long’s Football For Dummies®,3rd Edition, hit bookshelves in 2007. New stadiums have been built, new stars have ascended, and records have been broken. To reflect the latest developments in the sport, this fourth edition includes coverage of pro football's realignment, officiating and instant replay, college football's Bowl Championship Series, and new coaches and stars.

Football For Dummies, 4th Edition (Wiley; ISBN: 978-1-1180-1261-1; June 2011), covers the newest stadium technologies and includes pro-football must-do experiences by illustrating lineups, formations, and plays. It gives fans up-to-the-minute information on all of the rules and regulations and defines the offensive, defensive, and special teams positions and plays. The book notes what to watch for at home or in the stadium, features tales of football greats, defines the sport’s lingo, and offers advice to parents and coaches.  For players, it includes expert advice on training, conditioning, sharpening your mental game, and gearing up with the right equipment.

Completely revised and updated to reflect today's game, Football For Dummies, 4th Edition, serves as the complete fan's guide to football and its many components.

On Dummies.com! Check out this slideshow for info on NFL conferences, football officals, referee signals, pass patterns and formations, watching a game on TV and at the stadium, and important terms used by commentators. 

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