10 terrific football books
The 2013 Super Bowl brings us a clash between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers. Previous Super Bowls -- and the sport of football in general -- have inspired some great writers to turn to the page. Some see parallels between football and war; others connect football and American masculinity; others simply want to tell stories about the game. Here are 10 terrific football books, good for reading in any season.
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'North Dallas Forty' by Peter Gent
Former Dallas Cowboy Peter Gent poses in 1974 with copies of "North Dallas Forty," his bestselling book about playing in the NFL. Gent wrote of hard-living, hard-hitting pro football players, but he wrote with style: "It was late afternoon. In a last gasp the sun had burned away the gray sky and had disappeared into the Panhandle. The air had warmed some and the best part of the day remained. Being in Texas is a skin feeling, strongest this time of day.... I love Texas, but she drives her people crazy. I've wondered whether it's the heat, or the money, or maybe both. A republic of outlaws loosely allied with the United States, Texas survives, and survives quite well by breaking the rules."