8 Best Memoirs and Biographies of NFL Players
The National Football League, also known as the NFL is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams from the United States. The NFL is considered the premier league in North America and one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. As a result, many of the NFL players have become celebrities in their own right and have written a number of books.
If you're a football fan, then this may be the list you've been looking for. This is a roundup of the best NFL memoirs and biographies. It's a list of the biggest names in the NFL and the best books they have written. We tried to collect the best NFL memoirs here. Primary first hand accounts, so players and coaches are favored.
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The Point After, by Sean Conley
The Point After is an all-access look at the NFL, one of the most intense workplaces in sports. Conley describes pushing through pain at NFL training camps, surrounded by rookies, All-Pro veterans, and long-shot undrafted free agents, all hell-bent on staying in the game. He recounts the insecurities he dealt with on and off the field, and the despair that overtook him when his career ended.
But while Conley thought life was over, it was just beginning. Transcending football, this is the story of an ex–football player who discovered the true meaning of sports and life, and found happiness in the most unexpected way. Embodying the spirit of the underdog, this is a moving tale of strength, determination, and spiritual grit.
Coming Back Stronger, by Drew Brees
Coming Back Stronger is the ultimate comeback story, not only of one of the NFL’s top quarterbacks, but also of a city and a team that many had all but given up on. Brees’s inspiring message of hope and encouragement proves that with enough faith, determination, and heart, you can overcome any obstacle life throws your way and not only come back, but come back stronger.
Slow Getting Up, by Nate Jackson
Nate Jackson takes us into the trenches of professional football, where he worked long hours for little pay, partied with teammates to mask the pain of injuries, and suffered a paralyzing collision that left him wondering if he would ever walk again. His journey is an unforgettable portrait of life in the NFL—the camaraderie, the pride, and the beer-soaked battles on Sunday afternoons—as well as a testament to perseverance in the face of daunting odds.
Believe It, by Nick Foles
Believe It offers a behind-the-scenes look at Nick’s unlikely path to the Super Bowl, the obstacles that threatened to hold him back, his rediscovery of his love for the game, and the faith that grounded him through it all. Learn from the way Nick handled the trials and tribulations that made him into the man he is today―and discover a path to your own success.
Relentless, by Julian Edelman
The Super Bowl champion wide receiver for the New England Patriots shares his inspiring story of an underdog kid who was always doubted to becoming one of the most reliable and inspiring players in the NFL.
When the Patriots were down 28-3 in Super Bowl LI, there was at least one player who refused to believe they would lose: Julian Edelman. And he said so. It wasn't only because of his belief in his teammates, led by the master of the comeback, his friend and quarterback Tom Brady-or the coaching staff run by the legendary Bill Belichick. It was also because he had been counted out in most of his life and career, and he had proved them all wrong.
QB: My Life Behind the Spiral, by Steve Young
Young, one of the greatest NFL quarterbacks of all time, tells his story in a way no football player ever has before. He describes what it's like to play with pain and injury; how he learned to be a leader; who taught him the importance of faith; and why he believes the single most important factor for success is not physical ability but mental toughness – and how anyone can develop it.
The result is both an extraordinary portrait of one man's life and an inspiring lesson on the power of perseverance.
My Life on the Line, by Ryan O'Callaghan
My Life on the Line is a memoir about an NFL star who was inspired by a horrible tragedy to come out as gay. The New York Times bestseller chronicles Ryan O'Callaghan's journey from a young boy in California, playing college football at Berkeley, and then for five years in the NFL with two different teams before coming out publicly in 2014.
It's not everyday that a player comes out as gay after retirement. My Life on the Line is an intimate memoir of former NFL lineman, his struggles with identity and sexuality, and his decision to live a more authentic life.
The Dynasty, by Jeff Benedict
The New England Patriots were the most dominant team in NFL history. They won five Super Bowls, fourteen AFC East titles, eight conference championships, and fifteen division titles—more than any other team in pro football history.
In this gripping narrative, Jeff Benedict reveals the factors that have propelled Patriots from perennial doormat to a shining dynasty. The Patriots’ rise is not just about luck or an infallible coach in Bill Belichick. It’s also about players buying in completely to a culture of winning and how they are motivated to put football before everything else in their lives.
These are the best memoirs and biographies of NFL players. With these sports books, you can finally get a real insight about your favorite NFL players. We hope that you enjoyed our list, if you would like to add any other great sports books to this list, please feel free to submit them on Goodreads.