Who are the best quarterbacks in NFL history? How about running backs? Wide receivers? How can we objectively rate the performance of individual defensive players? And how can we make reasonable judgments about players at different positions and from different eras? Who is the greatest football player of all time? Jerry Rice? Lawrence Taylor? Jim Brown?
Such are the questions pondered by pro football writer Steve Silverman late at night (and during the day). As statistician Elliott Kalb did with baseball, basketball, and golf, Silverman now takes the next step with Who’s Better, Who’s Best in Football?. Taking the analytical methods he developed over his years as a senior editor at Pro Football Weekly, he applies them to an evaluation of players going back to the earliest days of the NFL. The result is a fascinating ranking of the best of the gridiron, from legendary old-timers like Dick Butkus to present-day superstars like Peyton Manning.
Throughout, Silverman discusses the many considerations that must be made when comparing modern players with players of past eras and players at different positions. Including biographical essays on those top 65 players and detailed statistics for their playing careers, Who’s Better, Who’s Best in Football? is a must-have for anyone who considers football to be more than just a game.
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About the Author
Steve Silverman is an award-winning journalist who has been covering the NFL in print and on radio and television since 1981. Silverman was a senior editor at Pro Football Weekly from 1986 through 1996, and his writing was recognized by the Pro Football Writers of America on three different occasions. Since then he has written about the NFL and college football for CBS New York, Bleacher Report, Playboy, ESPN The Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, MSNBC.com, NFL.com, Football Digest, and American Football Monthly.