“Super Bowl Gold: 50 Years of the Big Game” author Austin Murphy

There is no sporting event more celebrated, debated or anticipated than the Super Bowl. It’s much more than a football game; it’s a cultural phenomenon that has demonstrated its power to unite and/or divide families, friendships, offices and locker rooms. As the NFL’s biggest game approaches its 50th anniversary, it deserves a treatment that honors it as the gold standard of American sports. Now, in a lavish edition, Sports Illustrated showcases this annual iconic event in SUPER BOWL GOLD: 50 Years of the Big Game (Time Inc. Books; Fall 2015; $40.00).

Sports Illustrated senior writer and NBC Sunday Night in America football analyst Peter King contributes book’s foreword. The introduction is written by Sports Illustrated Senior Writer Austin Murphy.

Having covered the Super Bowl from its very beginnings, Sports Illustrated gives the definitive story of what’s become an unofficial national holiday, with every game, every ticket, every ring, every halftime performer, every hero and every goat shown through its trademark photography and classic reporting. With large-format color images and classic excerpts, every page of SUPER BOWL GOLD features behind-the-scenes anecdotes, key events and memorable characters from each contest. New first-hand accounts from every matchup—including Hall of Famers Len Dawson, Fran Tarkenton, Jack Ham, Joe Greene, Roger Staubach, Jerry Rice, Mike Singletary, Troy Aikman, Steve Young, Bruce Smith and Emmitt Smith—offer the untold tales of the big game, coming to light in time for the 50th installment.

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