The NFL’s Greatest Day

Roger Staubach, Franco Harris and the Story of Immaculate Saturday


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About the Book

A tight, dramatic NFL playoff game is exciting on its own, but two of the most dramatic in the same afternoon might result in the most compelling day in football history. This book is the first to capture the excitement and tension of December 23, 1972, when Pittsburgh played Oakland and Dallas met San Francisco in a pair of first-round playoff games that captivated millions. One game saw Dallas rally from three scores down in the fourth quarter, while the other featured the most famous ending in league history—the Immaculate Reception. This book details both high-stakes games as well as the historic season that led each team to the 1972 playoffs. Also covered are the men behind the miracles—some captured the moment to become heroes and legends, while others let success slip through their grasp. Two games, one afternoon, countless memories.

About the Author(s)

Brad Schultz is the pastor at Zion Evangelical Church in Shelbyville, Indiana. Before entering the pastorate he spent 15 years in television sports as an anchor, reporter and producer. He then taught 15 years as a full professor of journalism at the University of Mississippi. He has written twelve books on sports history and journalism, and has also produced several sports documentaries.

Bibliographic Details

Brad Schultz
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 202
Bibliographic Info: 12 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7689-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3788-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
Preface 1
1. A Football for Sam 5
2. The System 14
3. The Blessed Virgin is Proud of Me 22
4. Rooney U 27
5. Rivalry—Part I 35
6. A Season Begins 43
7. Soul Brother with Italian Legs 54
8. Fight to the Finish 63
9. Pregame 72
10. Same Old Steelers 80
11. If Someone Goes Down, You Gotta Go 87
12. Miracle of All Miracles 92
13. Now You Know What It’s Like to Lose 102
14. Rivalry—Part II 109
15. If We Can Just Hang On… 117
16. Do the Guys Still Blame Me? 127
17. Victory Postponed 132
18. You’re Supposed to Be Tough 139
19. Keep It Immaculate 145
20. Postgame 153
Chapter Notes 165
Bibliography 183
Index 189