Here‚ for the first time together‚ is an inspiring compilation of words from the greatest NFL players of all time.
With complete cooperation from the Pro Football Hall of Fame‚ THE CLASS OF FOOTBALL culls the most compelling and inspirational speeches from history's greatest players since 1963‚ organized around 14 themes: passion‚ love‚ regret‚ humility‚ fear‚ childhood‚ parenthood‚ role models‚ adversity‚ recovery‚ humor‚ leadership‚ teamwork‚ and luck.
Since 1963‚ these players chose the induction ceremony as a forum to reflect on their lives and careers‚ to express gratitude and to express life's greatest lessons. At times philosophical and poignat‚ and other times funny and candid‚ these are the words that have moved even the most brutal of men to tears.
Included in these pages are men ranging from Packers quarterback Bart Starr to Rams defensive end Deacon Jones to Jets quarterback Joe Namath to Bears running back Gale Sayers to Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor to 49ers quarterback Joe Montana to Broncos quarterback John Elway to Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman all the way to Michael Irvin.