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Football

An Encyclopedia of Popular Culture

Edward J. Rielly

456 pages

Paperback

November 2009

978-0-8032-9012-9

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About the Book

Football. Far more than a game, America’s favorite spectator sport is an intrinsic part of the nation’s popular culture—a proving ground for high school athletes, a springboard for stars, a multimillion-dollar business, and a vast entertainment enterprise. Football: An Encyclopedia of Popular Culture provides a detailed look at America’s pastime through the lens of pop culture, a fascinating A-to-Z inventory of how certain aspects of the game affect and reflect broader society.
 
From African Americans in football to the meaning of Zero in the sport, this volume profiles players and personalities, teams and events, games and football concepts, and sociological and technological changes in the sport. The goal is not to name every Hall of Famer or to retell the game’s entire history, but to give a clear and detailed account of where, in football history, the importance of people and events extends beyond the playing field. Its wide-ranging entries examine such names as Joe Montana and Byron “Whizzer” White and phenomena from concussions, mascots, team names, and literature to U.S. presidents and football’s presence in television commercials. The encyclopedia covers all levels of play—professional, collegiate, high school, and youth—offering a from-the-ground-up, gridiron look at the game of football within the matrix of American culture.

Author Bio

Edward J. Rielly is a professor of English at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine. He is the author of several books, including Baseball: An Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, available in a Bison Books edition.

Praise

"Armchair quarterbacks as well as pop-culture junkies will enjoy diving into this informative and wide-ranging A-Z rundown on the players, teams, epic match-ups, concepts, equipment, expressions and other assorted gridiron odds 'n' ends that have made football an intrinsic part of American life."—Neil Pond, American Profile

"From African Americans to the number Zero, this clever and informative book is designed to acquaint you with the developments in the game, the major players, coaches and innovators, and the cultural influences on (and from) the great game of football."—Doc Kirby, Book Bit, WTBF-AM/FM

"A treasure trove of information for fans and history/culture lovers alike."—Kevin Holtsberry, Collected Miscellany

"For those who want a better overall understanding of the gridiron game, Football: An Encyclopedia of Popular Culture . . . is an excellent starting point."—Ron Kaplan, ForeWord

"[Football: An Encyclopedia of Popular Culture] is an interesting collection of items and essays. . . . It is a reference work worthy of a library, whether university, public, or personal."—Richard C. Crepeau, Arete

Table of Contents

Preface    

African Americans (College)  

African Americans (Professional)   

Agents     

All-America Football Conference    

American Football League (<SC>i, ii, iii</SC>) 

American Football League (<SC>iv</SC>)   

American Indians 

Apparel    

Arctic Football  

Arena Football   

AstroTurf  

Autry, Carlos Alan (b. 1952) 

Baugh, Samuel Adrian (Slingin’ Sammy, the Texas Tornado) (1914<EN>2008)

Bednarik, Charles Philip (Concrete Charlie) (b. 1925)

Belichick, William Stephen (b. 1952)     

Big Hit    

Black College Football 

Bowden, Robert Cleckler (Bobby) (b. 1929)

Bowl Games 

Bradshaw, Terry Paxton (b. 1948)   

Brady, Thomas Edward, Jr. (b. 1977)

Brown, James Nathaniel (b. 1936)   

Brown, Johnny Mack (the Dothan Antelope) (1904<EN>1974)    

Brown, Paul Eugene (1908<EN>1991)  

Bryant, Paul William (Bear) (1913<EN>1983)     

Camp, Walter Chauncey (the Father of American Football) (1859<EN>1925) 

Canadian Football League     

Canton Bulldogs  

Carlisle Indian Industrial School  

Celebrations     

Cheating   

Cheerleaders     

Coin Toss  

Commercials and Advertisements     

Commissioners    

Concussions

Cosell, Howard William (1918<EN>1995)    

Crime

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders  

Davis, Allen (Al) (b. 1929)  

Davis, Ernie (the Elmira Express) (1939<EN>1963)     

Disabilities     

Ditka, Michael Keller, Jr. (Iron Mike, Da Coach) (b. 1939) 

Dogfighting

Downtown Athletic Club 

Draft

Drive, The 

Dropkick   

Education  

Eliot, Charles William (1834<EN>1926)    

Elway, John Albert (b. 1960) 

Equipment  

Extreme Football 

Eyeglasses 

Falwell, Jerry Lamon (1933<EN>2007)

Fantasy Football 

Favre, Brett Lorenzo (b. 1969)     

Films

Fitzgerald, F. (Francis) Scott Key (1896<EN>1940)    

Flag Football    

Flying Wedge     

Forward Pass     

Four Horsemen of Notre Dame  

Friday Night Lights    

Gambling   

Gangs and Street Violence    

Gibbs, Joe Jackson (b. 1940) 

Gifford, Frank Newton (the Giffer) (b. 1930)   

Gil Thorp  

Gipp, George (the Gipper) (1895<EN>1920) 

Globalism  

Golden Dome

Graham, Otto Everett, Jr. (Automatic Otto) (1921<EN>2003)  

Grambling State University   

Grandfathers     

Grange, Harold Edward (Red, the Galloping Ghost) (1903<EN>1991)  

Greatest Game    

Greene, Charles Edward Joseph (Mean Joe) (b. 1946)   

Gridiron   

Gun Violence     

“Hail Mary” Pass 

Halas, George Stanley (Papa Bear) (1895<EN>1983)     

Hall of Fame (College) 

Hall of Fame (Professional)  

Hay, Ralph E. (1891<EN>1944) 

Hayes, Wayne Woodrow (Woody) (1913<EN>1987)    

Heffelfinger, William W. (Pudge) (1867<EN>1954)

Heisman, John William (1869<EN>1936)     

Heisman Trophy   

Hirsch, Elroy Leon (Crazylegs) (1923<EN>2004)  

Hnida, Katharine Anne (Katie) (b. 1981)  

Holy Roller

Hornung, Paul Vernon (the Golden Boy) (b. 1935)

Hudson, Donald Edward (b. 1929)    

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy  

Ice Bowl   

Immaculate Reception   

Instant Replay   

Internet   

Ivy League 

Jackson, Vincent Edward (Bo) (b. 1962)   

Jewelry (Bling)  

Katrina (Hurricane)    

Kennedy, John F., Assassination of 

Kerouac, Jack (Jean Louis Lebris de Kerouac) (1922<EN>1969)

Kickoffs   

Korean War 

Labor-Management Relations   

Landry, Thomas Wade (1924<EN>2)    

Language   

Leahy, Francis William (Frank) (1908<EN>1973)  

Literature 

Little Rock Central Tigers   

Lombardi, Vincent Thomas (1913<EN>1970)  

Madden, John Earl (b. 1936)  

Magazines  

Manning, Peyton Williams (b. 1976) 

Marino, Daniel Constantine, Jr. (b. 1961)

Marshall University Air Tragedy    

Mascots and Team Names 

McNally, John Victor (Johnny Blood, the Vagabond Halfback) (1903<EN>1985)    

Middle Age 

Monday Night Football  

Montana, Joseph Clifford (the Comeback Kid, Joe Cool) (b. 1956)  

Moss, Randy Gene (b. 1977)   

Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside   

Music

Nagurski, Bronislaw (Bronko) (1908<EN>1990)    

Namath, Joseph William (Joe Willie, Broadway Joe) (b. 1943)

Newspapers 

Newsreels  

<SC>nfl</SC> Junior Player Development   

Nicknames  

Obesity    

Officials (Zebras)     

Ohio League

Olsen, Merlin Jay (b. 1940)  

Oorang Indians   

Page, Alan Cedric (b. 1945)  

Parcells, Duane Charles (Bill, the Big Tuna) (b. 1941)     

Parseghian, Ara Raoul (b. 1923)    

Paterno, Joseph Vincent (JoPa) (b. 1926) 

Payton, Walter Jerry (Sweetness) (1954<EN>1999)

Peanuts    

Perfection 

Perry, William Anthony (the Refrigerator, the Fridge) (b. 1962)  

Plimpton, George Ames (1927<EN>2003)     

Poe, Edgar Allan (1809<EN>1849)    

Politicians

Pollard, Frederick Douglass (Fritz) (1894<EN>1986)   

Pop Warner Little Scholars   

Practice Squad   

Presidents of the United States    

Professional Football Origins

Punt, Pass & Kick

Purdue’s Golden Girl   

Quarterback

Radio

Radio Helmet     

Religion   

Retirement 

Rice, Grantland (1880<EN>1954)     

Rice, Jerry Lee (World) (b. 1962)  

Rivalries  

Robeson, Paul Leroy Bustill (1898<EN>1976)     

Robinson, Eddie Gay (1919<EN>2007) 

Rockne, Knute Kenneth (1888<EN>1931)     

Rooney Rule

Rugby

Saban, Nick Lou (b. 1951)    

Sanders, Barry David (b. 1968)     

Sanders, Deion Luwynn (Neon Deion, Prime Time) (b. 1967)   

Sayers, Gale Eugene (b. 1943)

Scouts     

September 11 Terrorist Attacks     

Sexuality  

Shotgun Formation

Shula, Donald Francis (b. 1930)    

Simpson, Orenthal James (O.J., the Juice) (b. 1947)  

Six-Man (Eight- and Nine-Man) Football   

Stagg, Amos Alonzo (the Grand Old Man of the Midway) (1862<EN>1965)    

Substance Abuse  

Subway Alumni    

Suicide    

Super Bowl 

Tailgating 

Tank McNamara     Taylor, Lawrence Julius (b. 1959)   Television Broadcasting

Text Messaging/Instant Messaging   

Thanksgiving     

Thorpe, James Francis (Wa-Tho-Huk) (1888<EN>1953)    

Tillman, Patrick Daniel (1976<EN>2004)   

Title <SC>ix</SC>

Tittle, Yelberton Abraham (Y.A.) (b. 1926)     

Tomlinson, LaDainian (<SC>lt</SC>) (b. 1979)   

Touch Football   

Touchdown Jesus  

Trades     

Trading Cards    

Trick Plays

Triple Crown     

Unitas, John Constantine (Johnny U, the Golden Arm) (1933<EN>2002)     

United States Football League

Upshaw, Eugene Thurman, Jr. (1945<EN>2008)     

Vietnam War

Walker, Ewell Doak, Jr. (the Doaker, Dynamite Doak, Dauntless Doak) (1927<EN>1998) 

Walsh, William Ernest (the Genius) (1931<EN>2007)    

Ward, Arch (the Cecil B. de Mille of Sports) (1896<EN>1955)

Warner, Glen Scobey (Pop) (1871<EN>1954) 

Wheaties   

White, Byron Raymond (Whizzer) (1917<EN>2002)  

White, Reginald Howard (Reggie, the Minister of Defense) (1961<EN>2004)

Wild Card  

Wildfires  

Williams, Errick Lynne, Jr. (Ricky) (b. 1977)  

Wine 

Women Players    

World Football League  

World War <SC>i</SC>   

World War <SC>ii</SC>  

X’s and O’s

Yost, Fielding Harris (Hurry Up) (1871<EN>1946)

Young, Jon Steven (Steve) (b. 1961)

Zero 

Index

 

Awards

One of Library Journal's Best Reference Titles of 2009

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