The End of Autumn

The End of Autumn : Reflections on My Life in Football

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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 140 x 208 x 28mm | 258.55g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 2 black and white photographs
  • 0252076699
  • 9780252076695

About Michael Oriard

Michael Oriard is a Distinguished Professor of American Literature and associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University. He is the author of Brand NFL: Making and Selling America's Favorite Sport and several other books.show more

Review quote

"If you read one sports book this fall, try to make it The End of Autumn by Michael Oriard. This is a book about football, what it is or should be, the place it fills or should fill in American life, what it feels like when it's played properly." Sports Illustratedshow more

Table of contents

Introduction: My Last Game xi; Part One: Seasons of Youth; One: Playing Games 3; Two: Hey, Look Me Over 27; Part Two: Under the Golden Dome; Three: In the Land of Legends 57; Four: Aches and Pains and Dreams Come True 85; Five: My Notre Dame 123; Part Three: Playing for Pay; Six: Rookies and Veterans 159; Seven: The End of Toughness 191; Eight: The Owners and the Owned 231; Part Four: The End of Autumn; Nine: A Tragedy for Heroes 271; Ten: Adjusting 299; Afterword 329; Indexshow more

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