Rozelle's monumental achievements include the introduction of the Super Bowl in the '60s followed by the NFL's most rapid expansion and the establishment of Monday Night Football. The '80s saw Rozelle presiding over drug scandals, labor struggles, and the league's legal battles with team owners such as Oakland's Al Davis, who famously won a lawsuit to move his Raiders to Los Angeles.
Jerry Izenberg chronicles the iconic life of Rozelle, who revolutionized the culture of sports in America and is responsible for turning the NFL into the preeminent sports league in the world.
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 644 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm
"Izenberg's Rozelle:A Biography is an outstanding read and not to be missed."-Peter Finney, Times-Picayune -- Peter Finney * Times-Picayune *
"All professional football fans will enjoy this well-reported biography of a seminal figure in NFL history."-John Maxymuk, Library Journal -- John Maxymuk * Library Journal *
"Rozelle: A Biography offers an in-depth illustration of the Rozelle's appearance in popular culture and is useful for an understanding of his popularity-and why we now consider the commissioner such an important role in North American sport."-Andrew D. Linden, Sport in American History -- Andrew D. Linden * Sport in American History *
"Jerry Izenberg was an astute observer of the NFL's extraordinary growth during the Pete Rozelle era. His coverage was down to earth, his sources were in the know, and he often challenged conventional wisdom. Now, with the benefit of research and reflection, Izenberg's assessment of Rozelle and key League personalities is as hard-hitting as one might expect. . . . [Izenberg's views are] briskly rendered, sometimes humorous, and never ambiguous."-Paul Tagliabue, former NFL Commissioner -- Paul Tagliabue
"Read Rozelle: A Biography, and you'll know not only why the NFL got gargantuan, but why Rozelle is the single biggest reason why it got so big."-Peter King, senior writer for Sports Illustrated -- Peter King