The Pro Football Historical Abstract

pfha_medMy 2008 book won the Nelson Ross Award, presented annually by the Pro Football Researchers Association for “outstanding achievement in pro football research and historiography.”  I took the analytical methods that formed the basis of my annual football preview books and applied them to past players. The result is an exhaustive look at the history of pro football.

It begins with a look at how the game has evolved over the years. I delve into the changes in playing styles, and the rules, and how other external events affected the game on the field. The centerpiece is my rating and ranking of the top players at each position from 1920 to the present. I take a detailed look at nearly a thousand players, with new insight on their playing styles and their strengths and weaknesses on the field.

What the critics said about the book:

The most ambitious and fascinating football book of the year… impressive in both scope and execution. Lahman’s insight into the styles of so many players across time makes for a lively, enlightening read. Highly recommended.”
– Library Journal (starred review)

“Lahman tries to do for football what Bill James once did for baseball.”
– USA Today