5 Best Football Books for Your Bookshelf

What serves as better inspiration than reading a book on your favorite NFL player or team? Maybe there is even a coach you admire whose strategies are chronicled. Reading sports biographies allows us to take a look into the lives of sportsmen off the field. Whether we get to relate to their stories or not, it remains a great way to gain some insights.

Here, we’ll share a list of our favorite football books, they are coincidentally among some of the best out there. If you don’t own at least one of these books, we highly recommend you get it for your bookshelf.

The Education of a Coach, David Halberstam

In this riveting best seller by Halberstam, he chronicles the life and success of Bill Belichick. Belichick is known for his great coaching style in his rise to success. He’s also succeeded in winning three consecutive Lombardi trophies.

America’s Game, The Epic Story of How Pro Football Captured a Nation, Michael MacCambridge


In this thrilling book by Michael MacCambridge, you’ll get to learn the ins and outs of how and where it all began. It also sheds some lights on the politics, coaches and players and team owners. It’s a must-have for any NFL fanatic out there and will give you a comprehensive overview of the history of the sport.

A Thinking Man’s Guide to Pro Football, Paul Zimmerman


Zimmerman was not only an esteemed writer and sports journalist, but he was also a football fanatic and played in the 1960s. In his guide, you will learn everything there is to know about every position on the field, including the history, strategy and success of teams and players.

Finding the Winning Edge, Bill Walsh

Known as one of the most successful and influential coaches of his time, Walsh’s coaching guide or playbook is a must have. Here you will learn more about Walsh’s coaching philosophies, strategies and organizational philosophies.

Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football, Rich Cohen

Don’t let the title of this fantastic book mislead you. While Cohen does discuss the immaculate power of the 1985 Chicago Bears, he also delves deeper into NFL history. Whether you are a Bears supporter or not, it is an absolute must read that will shed some light on every aspect of the game.

And that’s a wrap! Perhaps you already own one or more of the books we recommend. If not, it’s about time you get your nose stuck in a book and be inspired by some of the inspirational stories behind the coaches, teams and game itself.

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