Best Shots: The Greatest NFL Photography of the Century by Joe Namath

By Joe Namath

Seasoned soccer is a online game of choreographed chaos, blurred brush strokes throughout a vibrant eco-friendly canvas. it truly is 22 athletes springing into motion within the functionality of twenty-two specific initiatives. a middle snaps the ball, a take on blocks an finish, a linebacker fees, and a shield pulls, whereas a quarterback pivots handy the soccer to a working again, who feints and darts. And in a thunderclap, the separate components converge. professional soccer is a video game of adrenaline and emotion, a conflict of wills and can. It supplies us heroes and goats, pleasure and depression, wide smiles and damp eyes. It exams avid gamers' nerves, unveils their strengths, and infrequently, exposes their shortcomings. And professional soccer does another factor greater than the other recreation. It produces the main pleasing photographic photos of any online game. you continue to can locate Vince Lombardi frozen in time, eyes ahead and palms clasped, as his grim-faced eco-friendly Bay Packers take the sector earlier than the 1966 NFL Championship video game. Walter Payton is stuck endlessly in mid-flight, hurdling a sprawled defender, whereas scanning the safeguard for an opportunity to get extra yardage. Johnny Unitas continues to be completely poised in 1958, arm cocked and receiver specific, because the big apple Giants attempt to holiday via his safeguard. And Jack Lambert, snarling, glares out from a caged helmet, the teeth lacking, eyes ablaze. Photographers have prowled via seasoned soccer sidelines for almost so long as the sport has been performed, every one looking for a second to be preserved for destiny generations. in basic terms the names of the gamers and the websites of the video games have replaced. Photographers have captured the unadulterated pleasure of John Elway, ultimately a victor after 3 tremendous Bowl defeats...the utter exhaustion of Kellen Winslow, too drained to have fun, after a victory in a single of football's such a lot celebrated games...and the anguished soreness of Y.A. Tittle, bloody and battered in 1964, after a demoralizing loss in the course of a wrenching 2-10-2 season. The frozen moments right here were selected from eighty NFL seasons. in lots of circumstances, they've got outlived the principals showcased within the scene. They clarify repeatedly why the USA fell in love with this so much American of video games. professional soccer is a spectacle during which majestic grace collides headlong with brutal strength. it truly is smiles and frowns, changing positions over the process 60 warlike mins. it's teammates and competitors, stars and nonstars, appearing and reacting on level less than the highlight of sometimes-unimaginable strain. And it all has been captured on movie, preserved, and retained should you want to take an extended, loving examine the soul of the sport.

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EXHAUSTED AFTER STARRING IN AN OVERTIME PLAYOFF VICTORY, HAD TO BE HELPED OFF THE FIELD BY CHARGERS TEAMMATES PHOTOGRAPH BY AlMESSER SCHMIDT. 1981. 49 k ilT^fiiS- V M. ^ «7r ^ 1^ Mk^ ^. ''. SACK TIME Quarterback Steve Young of the 49ers received a surprise VISIT FROM Falcons' linebacker Jessie Juggle Photograph by Kevin Terrell/N FLP. 1998 ^ SPLASHDOWN Tampa Bay's Ricky Bell prepared for a wet landing after colliding with Art Still of Kansas City. Photograph by Eric Mencher, 1979. li SNOW FUN a blizzard obliterated yard lines and obscured vision.

AHHr «IKj|)HMflrj #9 k r% t- V m^ TUG OF WAR JUMPING FOR)OY the Bills met his match when HE TRIED TO GET PAST THE COWBOYS' KEN NORTON. JR Photograph by Eric Risberg. 1992. Kenneth Davis after scoring a touchdown. the giants' mark Ingram celebrated in the end zone. PHOTOGRAPH BY JIM Cooper. i991 46 (23i of \ ^ GLORY DAYS A GAME TO REMEMBER The Green Bay Packers, five-time champions under vince lombardi. gave their legendary coach a victory ride. Photograph by Tony Tomsic. 1966. KELLEN WINSLOW (80i.

1977 31 ARTIST AT WORK JERRY Rice, the leading receiver in the history of THE NFL. DEMONSTRATED THE GRACEFUL FORM THAT ELEVATED HIM TO A CLASS OF HIS OWN PHOTOGRAPH BY BILL FOX. 1987 32 33 EUPHORIA Wide receiver Irving Fryar made no secret of his feelings after scoring for the miami dolphins. Photograph by Glenn Osmundson, 1994. 34 LION IN FLIGHT Running back Billy Sims of the Detroit Lions ran with a grace that seemed to defy gravity. Photograph by Peter Read Miller. 980. 1 35 V ^ WEATHER OR NOT NEITHER LEROY BUTLER OF THE PACKERS NOR A DRIVING rain could keep baltimore's derrick alexander from making a wet reception.

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