Dr. Clayton Trutor stops by on the show to share his opinion of the best books on football. During the interview, he provides 10 primary categories for the books discussed. In the first part of this interview, Dr. Clayton covered the categories that he calls League History, Biography, Strategy, A Season in the Life, and Expose'. If you have not listened to Clayton's first episode covering his first five categories for his best books about football, I suggest you do so.
In this episode, Dr. Trutor picks up right where we left off last week. He covers the rest of the best books on football starting with the Competing Pro Leagues category. The other four categories are Fiction, Early Pro Football, Franchise History, and rounding it out with a Page Turner. It's near impossible to pick the best football book in each category, so he also provides some alternative options for you. These football book recommendations are not a direct endorsement from The Football History Dude podcast, but as a dude, I'm always open to some great reads. So, strap on your seat belt, and let’s get ready to take this baby up to 88mph.
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Below are the best books about football covered in the first part of the Clayton Trutor interview. Each category has a main book, and then there are some within the body of the text to give you more options.
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Competing Pro Football Leagues
Dr. Trutor stated how Jeff Miller interviewed over 200 former AFL players for this book. It pretty much goes through the entire timeline of the AFL to show us how the league changed Pro Football forever. You can learn more about the AFL and the merger with the 3 episodes below:
The other books he suggested in this category:
Clayton says this is a pretty funny book and just entertaining overall. It goes into some of the locker room shenanigans and "just a good book to read on the beach" ~ Dr. Clayton Trutor. I reminisce of good football stories that go beyond the actual games on the field. There's a comradery amongst football teammates that do not exist in many other sports. Maybe it's the physical nature of grinding it out and "going to war" with your teammates.
Other books mentioned in this category.
Early Pro Football
This book is a compilation. Doc calls it an oral history of football in the 2os and 30s. He said it was the first book of its kind to go around in the late 70s and early 80s talking to the players from back then to put it together. I sure wish I could go check that out. Dr. brought up Bronko Nagurski, which you can hear at that link.
There are plenty of books about "America's Team," but Dr. Trutor says this is his pick as an all-encompassing kind of deal. It covers the rise of the Cowboys to become America's Team.
Another book recommended:
He had to take a dig at me as a Lion's fan again. This time it's the Green Bay Packers, and I get to listen to Brett Favre as the choice for a page-turner. I did actually like Favre, though, so I'm not complaining. This book takes you on Brett Favre's wild ride that is his football career.
Another book in this category (well, he brought it up in our discussion during this category):
For fun, I asked Clayton about his favorite football movies. I'm not sure why, but The Replacements (to the left) popped in my head when he asked me. It's not an accurate movie about football, but it was great. There are so many I think of now, but I will just list the ones we bring up in the episode. Here are Clayton's top 3: