“We’re in the thick of football season now, and I can think of no finer accompaniment than Neil Leifer’s collection, The Golden Age of American Football, which tracks the NFL’s rise to the dominant sport in the country.”
“The Golden Age of American Football, reveals the incredible skills it took to capture the game in the years before superfast motodrives and autofocus lenses.”
Leifer. The Golden Age of American Football
No Pain, No Gain
The most memorable moments since the birth of pro football in AmericaIn 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.