By Chad Millman
within the Nineteen Seventies, the town of Pittsburgh was once wanting heroes. In that decade the metal undefined, lengthy the lifeblood of the town, went into substantial decline, placing 150,000 steelworkers out of labor. after which the unthinkable occurred: The Pittsburgh Steelers, perennial also-rans within the NFL, rose as much as develop into the main feared workforce within the league, dominating competitors with their famed "Steel Curtain" safeguard, profitable 4 large Bowls in six years, and lifting the spirits of a urban at the breaking point.
In The Ones Who Hit the Hardest, Chad Millman and Shawn Coyne hint the increase of the Steelers amidst the backdrop of the fading urban they fought for, bringing to lifestyles characters equivalent to: artwork Rooney, the landlord of the group so cherished via Pittsburgh that he used to be recognized easily as "The Chief"; Chuck Noll, the headstrong trainer who used the ethos of steelworkers to inspire his avid gamers; Terry Bradshaw, the strong-armed and underestimated QB; Joe eco-friendly, the shielding take on whose battling nature lifted the franchise; and Jack Lambert, the linebacker whose snarling, toothless grin embodied the Pittsburgh safety.
each tale wishes a villain, and during this one it really is performed via the Dallas Cowboys. As Pittsburgh rusted, the recent and glittering city of Dallas, wealthy from the capital infusion of oil profit, signaled the way forward for the US. certainly, the city brimmed with such self belief that the Cowboys felt cozy nicknaming themselves "America's Team." through the Seventies, the groups jostled for keep an eye on of the NFL-the Cowboys doing it with finesse and the Steelers doing it with brawn-culminating in great Bowl XIII in 1979, whilst the getting older Steelers tried to carry off the Cowboys one final time. completely researched and grippingly written, The Ones Who Hit the Hardest is a stirring tribute to a urban, a workforce, and an era.
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The Ones Who Hit the Hardest: The Steelers, the Cowboys, the '70s, and the Fight for America's Soul by Chad Millman