The Game Before the Money at Tucson Festival of Books

The Game Before the Money at Tucson Festival of Books

The Game before the Money: Voices of the Men Who Built the NFL will be featured strongly at this week’s 2016 Tucson Festival of Books. Come visit with author Jackson Michael and pick up an autographed copy of The Game before Money. 2016 Tucson Festival of Books The Game before the Money events: Author Pavilion – Central, Sat Mar 12th, 10 am – Noon Author Pavilion – Tent Talks, Sat Mar 12th, 12:30 pm – 12:40 pm Univ. of Nebraska Press Booth 120, Sat Mar 12th, 4pm – 4:30pm The Game before the Money lets readers experience college and pro football history through the eyes of legends like Bart Starr, Frank Gifford, and Jack Youngblood. Author Jackson Michael interviewed 40 former players who played between the 1930s and the 1970s. The book provides firsthand accounts of major events in pro and college football history, and players discuss their life histories from childhood through the current day. Step into the locker rooms of Lombardi, […]

University of Texas Informal Classes offers The Game before the Money

Football fans in Austin, Texas will be able to experience The Game before the Money in person with a 4-week Informal Class on the University of Texas campus. UT offers many Informal Classes for the general public to encourage lifelong learning. The Game before the Money is part of the University’s Odyssey program. The non-credit course will meet at 7 pm on Tuesdays from Sept 15 – Oct 6. Author Jackson Michael will teach the course. You can enroll here.  

New “The Game Before the Money” Website in the Works

As The Game before the Money: Voices of the Men Who Built the NFL continues to grow, the website needs an upgrade. We hope to make it easier for you to find the NFL history information that you need. We also hope to provide a better look and a better web surfing experience. We’ll still post great historical content, and we’ll be adding a section focusing on leadership and character develop secrets shared by NFL legends. We hope to make this upgrade soon, in the next couple of months. Until then, enjoy! And if you have any comments on what you’d like to see at, please leave a comment or drop us a line on our Facebook page. Thank you!

Father’s Day 2018 — Gift Ideas

Looking for a great gift for a dad who loves football? The Game before the Money: Voices of the Men Who Built the NFL makes an outstanding gift. Any fan would love to experience NFL history through the eyes of legends, and this book provides an All-Access pass to the action. Here’s what people are saying about The Game Before the Money: “All football fans will enjoy the stories told in this entertaining and engrossing read.” – Library Journal “The book, The Game Before the Money, is not only a good read, but a valuable historical contribution to pro football.” Clifford Christl, Team Historian, Green Bay Packers “I recommend this book for any football library. Its significance is in the preservation of the early game of football through the players who actually played the game in their own words.” — Bob Swick, Gridiron Greats You can order it from Amazon here (also available on Kindle!) You can order it from Barnes and […]

Classic Games — The Ice Bowl (original broadcast)

BART STARR PAINTING BY ROBERT HURST. PRINT WITH AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF THE BOOK IS AVAILABLE IN OUR SHOP FOR $50. The 1967 NFL Championship, often called the Ice Bowl, was played on December 31, 1967. Tomorrow’s NFC Divisional Playoff between the Cowboys and Packers will be the first time these two legendary franchises have met at Lambeau Field in the playoffs since that iconic day. To celebrate, we’re posting the original Cowboys radio broadcast of the epic final drive. Be sure to listen to the post-game interviews of Dan Reeves, Lee Roy Jordan, and Mel Renfro in the Cowboy locker room.  Priceless.   The Ice Bowl is covered in depth in The Game Before the Money: Voices of the Men Who Built the NFL, as interviews with Bart Starr, Carroll Dale, and Bob Skoronski of the Packers liberally detail their memories of the game, along with insight to what Coach Lombardi discussed in the locker room and on the […]

The Story of the NFL Draft and Recent Super Bowls

Last week we looked at the starting lineups of last year’s Super Bowl teams, wondering how much the draft led to the Seahawks’ and Broncos’ success. We found that while the draft was important, it appears to be equally important to find talent from other sources, likely because the draft is only seven rounds. Now we take a look at Super Bowl teams (including the Seahawks and Broncos) from the past 5 Super Bowls, plus the first Giants/Patriots game after the 2008 season. Turns out last year’s teams were below the average number of starters to be drafted for the period, although the Seahawks were only slightly under (54.2%). Of the Broncos 22 starters only 10 were originally drafted by the franchise, a figure equaled by the 2011 Giants as the lowest in our survey. The 2010 Packers led all teams with 17 of their draftees in their Super Bowl lineup. Only the Seahawks and Packers won the Super Bowl […]