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No pain, no gain

The most memorable moments since the birth of pro football in America

Neil Leifer. Guts & Glory. The Golden Age of American Football

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In 1958, journalist Neil Leifer took the picture that remains one of his most famous to this day. The day he got the shot—Alan Ameche’s game-winning “sudden death” touchdown—was Leifer’s 16th birthday. This game, called “the greatest ever played,” signaled football’s emergence as America’s new national pastime; formerly half-empty stadiums welcomed sold-out crowds seemingly overnight, while football surpassed baseball in national television ratings. Starting then, on any given Sunday Leifer was most likely shooting a football game somewhere in America...

While best known for his iconic photograph of Muhammad Ali towering over a fallen Sonny Liston, it is his football pictures Leifer considers his best. This collection represents the best of his best, culled from over 10,000 rolls of film on the sport. With an introduction assembled from the best football columns of the era by famed sports columnist Jim Murray, and incisive captions detailing the legendary players, coaches, and games, this volume carries the guts and glory of the game into the end zone.

After our Limited and Art Editions, this book is now finally available as standard TASCHEN edition.
  • "Guts and Glory serves as a hardcover Valhalla for the men who helped create the modern National Football League ... Mr. Leifer, who spent much of his career with Sports Illustrated, captures in striking photos the grace, strength and toughness of fierce men still built on a human scale, proud men who played football before the era of steroid-forged beasts."

    — The New York Times, New York