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On the clock : the story of the NFL draft

by Wilner, Barry,

Format: Print Book 2015
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction GV954.32.W57 2015
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  GV954.32.W57 2015
Northland Public Library Nonfiction 796.330973 W68
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  796.330973 W68
Upper St. Clair Township Library Sports 796.332 WIL
Location  Upper St. Clair Township Library
Collection  Sports
Call Number  796.332 WIL
The NFL draft features no action on the field. No passing, running, tackling, or kicking. Hey, there isn't even a field. Yet the draft has become more popular than many other sporting events, including the NBA and NHL playoff games, against which it goes head-to-head for viewers. In fact, the draft has spawned its own cottage industry in which names such as Gil Brandt, Mel Kiper Jr., and Mike Mayock have become as well known as any of the first-round selections. In On the Clock, Barry Wilner and Ken Rappoport chronicle the history of the proceedings. The veteran sportswriters take you from the first grab bag in 1936, when Philadelphia chose Heisman Trophy winner Jay Berwanger of the University of Chicago only for him to decline to play in the NFL, to the 2014 draft considered one of the deepest in talent ever. Along the 78-year journey, learn about the competitions for the top overall spot (Peyton Manning vs. Ryan Leaf), the unhappy No. 1s (John Elway and Tom Cousineau), the big flops (JaMarcus Russell), and the late-rounders-turned-superstars (Tom Brady). Meet the draft wizards, from Paul Brown to Bill Walsh and Jimmy Johnson, and read about the draft whiffs that cost personnel executives their jobs. On the Clock takes you behind the scenes at one of pro football s most suspenseful annual events."
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Veteran sports reporters Wilner and Rappoport chronicle the evolution of the NFL draft from its humble roots in a Philadelphia hotel room to prime-time TV. They begin the story with a recap of the 2014 draft from one team's perspective and then backtrack to the first NFL draft organized by Philadelphia Eagles owner Bert Bell in 1936. The authors examine the first draft class, great draft coaches, and some of the more memorable draftees throughout history. They also chronicle the draft in the age of TV and ESPN's influence in creating a spectacle that garners more viewers than competing NHL and NBA playoff games. Also included are entertaining chapters documenting the historic best and worst draft picks, by team; the last players selected in each draft; and a look at the 2014 mock draft. Fun and informative, this title will appeal to the hordes of football fans who want an inside look at a hugely popular sporting event in which there is no game but lots of action and even more hope.--Clark, Craig Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Sportswriters Wilner and Rappoport chronicle the fascinating history of the National Football League (NFL) draft day, created in 1936 to allow all NFL teams an equal chance to pick the country's top college players, and which by 2014 has become "more popular than many other sporting events," including the playoff games of the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League. Although the authors give an excellent account of how the draft works through an in-depth look at the 2014 draft, they never lose sight of the players and professionals who have given the draft its drama over the years. Jay Berwanger, the first Heisman Trophy winner and the #1 overall pick of the initial 1936 NFL draft, turned down playing with the Chicago Bears because "they weren't paying any money, something like $100 a game." Bo Jackson, another Heisman Trophy winner, in 1986 turned down a "reported five-year deal of $7.6 million" with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to instead play professional baseball with the Kansas City Royals. But football fans will be most delighted by the heart of the book, lists of "the bold and beautiful, the fantastics and the flops, in NFL draft history," including a look at the best and worst picks of each franchise, and separate best and worst lists for quarterbacks, running backs, linebackers, and safeties. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects National Football League.
Football draft -- United States.
Football players -- Recruiting -- United States.
Publisher Lanham, Maryland :2015
Contributors Rappoport, Ken, author.
Language English
Description ix, 201 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
ISBN 9781630761011
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