It’s not quite a coffee table book, but this year’s Super Bowl program is another biggie. Whether you spend $15 or $20 depends on which version you prefer.
Super Bowl program collectors may have to work out a little before committing to the purchase of the publication for Sunday’s game.
The official game program runs 288 pages this year and if you’re not fussy about it coming directly from the stadium the day of the game, you can have one in your home prior to kickoff.
The Super Bowl game program, produced by NFL Publishing and H.O. Zimman, Inc. and priced at $15, includes NFL photos, in-depth scouting reports, rosters, statistics, features, Super Bowl history including a list of Super Bowl winners and…plenty of advertising.
A special Super Bowl XLII Collector’s Game Day Edition ($20), which is sold in the stadium on game-day and features the Super Bowl hologram cover, will be available following Super Bowl XLII.
Among the articles:
First Among Equals: NFL Network managing editor Thomas George visits with Doug Williams on the 20th anniversary of his triumphant victory in Super Bowl XXII, when he became the first African-American quarterback to start and win the Super Bowl.
Next Season Starts Tomorrow: NFL Network’s Adam Schefter reports that after the Super Bowl is over and fans have headed home, you’d be mistaken if you thought the NFL took a break. The real work is just beginning.
Driven to Succeed: Jennifer Allen profiles Cardinals vice president Michael Bidwill, whose boundless energy is helping him set the Cardinals on a new course.
Back-To-Back Brilliance: NFL.com’s Vic Carucci looks at the teams that have won back-to-back Super Bowl titles and the unique situations-in addition to talent-that allowed them to achieve the feat.
One-Two Punch: Teams are rediscovering the value of the two-back system – most recently in last year’s Super Bowl, when Joseph Addai and Dominic Rhodes teamed up to help the Colts win. Clark Judge examines the history of how backfield depth has been a key to winning the Super Bowl.
Front and Center: Veteran NFL writer Don Pierson takes a look at some of the young, up-and-coming quarterbacks who will shape the future of the NFL.
A Royal Success: Mike Carlson looks back at the Oct. 28 Giants-Dolphins game in London — the NFL’s first regular-season game played outside North America. A sellout crowd got a dose of old-time gridiron grittiness.
Laying It on the Line: NFL.com’s Craig Ellenport writes that offensive and defensive linemen may not get the glory, but remain the guts of every Super Bowl champion.
The Game Before the Game: Veteran NFL writer Jim Trotter reminds us that some of the most memorable games in NFL postseason history have actually come before the Super Bowl.
Reversals of Fortune: NFL Films’ Ray Didinger chronicles the importance of interceptions in Super Bowl history. >From Willie Wood in Super Bowl I to Kelvin Hayden last year, interceptions have supplied some of Super Bowl’s biggest momentum swings.
Tribute to Bill Walsh: Veteran NFL writer Glenn Dickey recalls coaching legend Bill Walsh, who passed away just before the start of the 2007 season.
Forward Progress: Veteran NFL writer Dan Pompeii writes about innovation, technology and rules changes that have kept the NFL a step ahead of the times and in step with the game’s fans.
Stories Behind the Stars: FOX News Channel’s Brian Kilmeade writes an essay about some of the life lessons that have been learned by some of the NFL’s biggest stars — as well as other notables from all walks of life — from their football experience. Kilmeade details inspirational stories from Terry Bradshaw to George Patton, and a host of others in between.
Diamonds in the Desert: Veteran NFL writer Tim Polzer chronicles some of the spirited players who made names for themselves playing football in the state of Arizona, with a special look at the late Pat Tillman.
Master of Design: Arizona writer Kent Somers profiles architect Peter Eisenman, the visionary behind University of Phoenix Stadium, the spectacular site of Super Bowl XLII.