Football Fun

I Want to Be a Football PlayerI Want To Be A Football Player

Looking at the illustrations, I was going to guess this book was much older. I guess I should also cop to the fact that I am older than dirt and I am starting to resent that the 60s and 70s are “ancient history”.  But I digress.

As you can see this is a simple book on football.  More story than actual instruction.  Of course, no women or girls are anywhere to be seen.  (They must be off cooking manly meals for the aspiring players.) Probably not a day goes by where I am not handing out books on football, baseball and hockey. (Detroit’s recent rise in both baseball and football have caused a nice spike in circulation of sports books. Thank you, Lions and Tigers!)  There are much better titles floating around out there and I don’t want to dampen the enthusiasm of our young fans, especially the girls. Upgrade please!


study the rules

hard work


  1. You’re right about the illustrations. They look more like the illustrations from a book in the 1950’s. It also strikes me as strange that some of the boys playing what I guess we could call “sandlot football” on the front cover are wearing helmets. Yeah, right, like that would ever happen.

  2. That car… it’s put together from the front of a Dodge Dart and the back of an AMC Gremlin.

    And now you know approximately how old I am…

  3. Dinah–well, only about half of them have helmets. The other half, presumably, have parents that don’t love them.

  4. Let’s all sing along with A.F.I.!

    I wanna be a highschool football hero
    With an S.A.T. score less than zero
    I wanna try to drink my weight in beer-o
    I wanna be a highschool football hero

    I wanna score a touchdown so I can score after the game
    I don’t care about my future ’cause it is just another day
    I’ll rush for forty yards and drink four forties later on
    I’m done with this brunette someone pass me another blonde

    Coach tells me to drink my milk and wash it down with ‘roids
    I’ve gotta get my rest so I can party with the boys
    My brain is upside-down, so I’m just a little slow
    I’ll change my name to Bubba so that everyone will know…

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