Passing Game

Passing Game : Benny Friedman and the Transformation of Football

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Benny Friedman, the son of working class immigrants in Clevelands Jewish ghetto, arrived at the University of Michigan and transformed the game of football forever. At the time, in the 1920s, football was a dull, grinding running game, and the forward pass was a desperation measure. Benny would change all of that. In Ann Arbor, the rookie quarterbacks passing abilities so eclipsed those of other players that legendary coach Fielding Yost came back from retirement to coach him. The other college teams had no answer for Friedmans passing attack. He then went pro-an unpopular decision at a time when the NFL was the poor stepchild to college football-and was equally sensational, eventually signing with the New York Giants for an unprecedented $10,000, bringing fans and attention to the fledgling NFL. Passing Game rediscovers this little-known sports hero and tells the story of Friedmans evolution from upstart to American celebrity, in a vivid narrative that will delight and enlighten football fans of all more

Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 33.02mm | 657.71g
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • H
  • 158648477X
  • 9781586484774

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Sports Illustrated, December 8, 2008 "Greenberg's rich, well-researched narrative chronicles the quarterback's rise from bench warmer to All-America at Michigan, his impact on the fledgling NFL and his journey from beloved Jewish icon to a forgotten star."Washington Post, December 2, 2008 "Engaging."Jewish Book World, Spring issue"In his carefully researched book, Passing Game, Murray Greenberg recounts the sterling career and complicated life of Friedman, which spanned the Golden Age of Sports."show more

About Murray Greenberg

Murray Greenberg is a former litigator and graduate of Brandeis University (where Benny Friedman was the first athletic director and only football coach), as well as Columbia University's Graduate School of more

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