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Roger Craig's Tales from the San Francisco 49ers Sideline

The San Francisco 49ers shaped the NFL throughout the 1980s with their unique blend of precision, panache, and preparation. Two decades later, NFL teams are still copying the system and the methods... This description may be from another edition of this product.


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Great Book by a Great Player and a Great Person!

I had the opportunity to meet Roger Craig at a charity basketball game last fall and he seemed like a great guy. Being a lifelong 49er's fan, I was thrilled to find out that one of my favorite players of all time had a book coming out. It's a nice, light, and insightful read that can be done in one sitting but the stories and lessons that "Catfish" provides will stay with you for a long time. A definite must for any fan of the "Team of the 80's" and also an interesting read for any NFL fan. Thanks for all of the great memories Roger!

An enjoyable cruise through the 49ers' glory days!

Honestly, if everyone reading this review was a San Francisco football fan, I would have given the book five stars. But I have to be fair! This book is a very easy read, and you cannot help but admire Roger Craig to the nth degree. You can really tell what kind of a football warrior this guy was by reading how he trained, and how he played with pain. Reading some of his anecdotes about the glory years put a smile on my face, and would do the same for any Niner fan. The only criticism I have regarding this book is the lack of depth (people who like light and easy reads would probably not agree with my assessment here). I already knew many of the stories Craig wrote about, and the ones I didn't know about were not explained in great detail. The best part of the book was Craig describing the deterioration of his and Eddie DeBartolo's relationship following Craig's fumble in the 1990 NFC Championship game against the New York Giants. One thing Craig fails to mention was his decline in productivity over his last year with S.F. being the chief reason he was let go via Plan B Free Agency. Craig's positive outlook on life beams off the pages of "Tales from the San Francisco 49ers Sideline". If I had ever played in the NFL, I would want the dedication, toughness, and skill of Roger Craig by my side.


This was a good,quick read and it allowed Niner fans like myself to relive the glory days through the thoughts and history left behind by Roger Craig. The most compelling part of this book are his updates on what has happened to many ex-players since his playing days. Craig also displays his knowledge of 49er history,commenting in fair length on players from long,long ago such as Joe Perry and Bob St. Claire,showing that Roger himself is a fan of his own former team. I found this to be intriguing. There was only one factual mistake that i found (he states ex-Bear William Perry was running in Td's in 1984 ;actually that was '85...Perry wasn't in the league in '84) but of course thats no big deal. There was a typo (Harris Burton rather than the correct Harris Barton). The book certainly doesn't drag on as i finished it in one day. I'm glad he put it out there.

Great read.........

Being an avid Niner fan, I was pleased to come across this book. I grew up watching the Niners during the dynasty days in San Francisco. This book gave me some great insight and brought back some wonderful memories from one of the best teams of all time. Roger Craig proves to be a fantastic story teller, and his passion for the game, and the Niners, comes through in this collection of stories. This is a must read for all Niner fans.

The good ol' days

Finally there's a book that captures the spirit of those great SF 49ers teams. As a lifelong fan of the 49ers (yes, I saw them play in Kezar), this book will help me get through what might be a rough season. I loved Roger Craig as a player and I find him to be an excellent storyteller.
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