By John Turney
In 1973 and 1974 NFL Properties, Inc.
and NFL Creative Services through McMillian Publishing released what what many thought was going to be a larger series of books called Great Teams, Great Years. Only nine were released, not the anticipated (by fans anyway) 20 or so.
Each had a different author, but the cover art was all done by the same person, Merv Corning. It was some of his best work to date. At the Super Bowl in Jacksonville the NFL had a gallery displaying quite a lot of NFL art and I was able to see the originals of the Rams and Lions covers. They were quite special, close up.
Here are the covers with the Cowboys cover featuring Bob Lilly, the Chiefs cover shows Ed Budde, the Giants has Y.A. Tittle and
AlexWebster, the Lions features Roger Brown sacking Bart Starr, whilethe Rams cover shows Deacon Jones, Lamar Lundy and Merlin Olsen harassing John Brodie, the Redskins features Larry Brown and Charlie Harraway. The Browns shows Jim Brown, the 49ers features Gene Washington and the Steelers show Terry Bradshaw.