Item description for We Were Champions: The 49Ers' Dynasty in Their Own Words by Phil Barber, Michael Zagaris & Bill Walsh...
For 15 NFL seasons, during which they won five Super Bowl titles, no team in pro sports captured the public's fancy like the San Francisco 49ers. Thanks to a roster filled with superstars such as Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, and Ronnie Lott and an innovative coaching staff headed by the legendary Bill Walsh, the 49ers exuded an aura of invincibility in a sport in which every victory is hard fought.
This is the story of the San Francisco dynasty in the players' own words, reflections and insights shared with the perspective of time, as they analyze the elements that combined to create pro football magic.
Beginning with a stunning victory over the Dallas Cowboys and a berth in Super Bowl XVI and continuing through a victory in Super Bowl XXIV, the vital figures in 49ers history recall the pivotal moments, the clutch plays, and the smooth transitions that pointed toward the top of the NFL mountain.
"When people ask me how many Super Bowl rings I have," lineman Jesse Sapolu says, "I don't mean to show a disappointed face, but I just say, 'Four.' And they say, 'You don't look very excited about it.' And I tell people, 'Well, I lost five NFC Championship Games. That's a lot of big games to lose.' When I look back on my career, I should be sitting here with at least six, maybe seven Super Bowl rings."
We Were Champions features the rare behind-the-scenes photography of Michael Zagaris, the 49ers' club photographer for more than two decades, in the definitive look at one of the most storied sports franchises.
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More About Phil Barber, Michael Zagaris & Bill Walsh
Phil Barber has authored or coauthored twelve books, including We Were Champions: The 49ers Dynasty in Their Own Words. A journalist who has covered sports, especially professional football, for twenty years, he has been a longtime regular contributor to the Sporting News, consulting with coaches and scouts to expose the chalkboard strategy underlying the sport of football. Most recently a reporter for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, he has approached the game from many angles. Barber previously spent seven years as a senior editor for NFL Publishing. After leaving that position he continued to write for NFL publications, as well as Sports Illustrated and the San Francisco Chronicle. He lives in Santa Rosa, California."
Phil Barber has an academic affiliation as follows - Jaguar and Land Rover Research, Coventry, United Kingdom Jaguar Land R.
Reviews - What do customers think about We Were Champions: The 49Ers' Dynasty in Their Own Words?
Good choice Dec 27, 2007
I bought this book for my son for Christmas. He is a big 49ers fan and had been looking for this book. He has already read the book from cover to cover and has placed it in his 49ers collection corner. This is a very accurate, detailed history of the 49ers and believe any fan would enjoy it.
Very nice "quote" book. Feb 27, 2005
This is a very nice,glossy book of the 49ers heyday filled with many pictures of all the greats. It's not the type of book that pertains to a lot of actual information on the team,as noted by the reviewer. This book is a large collection of quotes and remarks made by ex players who helped build the Niners into the winningest team of the last 25 years. Thus,it's an easy and somewhat quick read as you are browsing over statements made by such and such player (or coach). Good collectible book.
VERY GLOSSY WITH NOT MUCH SUBSTANCE Dec 19, 2004
THIS IS MORE OF A PICTORAL VIEW COVERING THE 49ERS SUPER BOWL TEAMS. THE INTERVIEWS AND STORIES COVERING THE TEAM ARE VERY SHORT AND NOT VERY DETAILED. THERE ARE MANY NICE PHOTOS IN THIS BOOK BUT IF YOU WANT A REAL MEAT AND POTATOES, DETAILED LOOK AT THE SEASON BY SEASON FACTS AND STATS, THIS IS NOT THE BOOK FOR YOU. IT IS AN OK BOOK THAT IS AN EASY READ FOR THE CASUAL FAN.