LOOKING BACK: Booklist
By Chris Willis, NFL Films
“He never lost a game in his life. Once in a while time ran out on him-“ said Doak Walker, former Detroit Lions teammate and close friend.
On this day (Dec. 19th) in 1926 Bobby Layne was born in Santa Anna, Texas. Layne played 15 seasons in the NFL for four different teams- Chicago Bears (1948); New York Bulldogs (1949); Detroit Lions (1950-1958) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (1958-1962). He threw for 26,768 yards, 196 touchdowns and won 3 NFL Championships with the Lions in 1952-1953 and 1957. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967.
Always on Sunday
|Always on Sunday, published in 1962|
- The worst team in professional football
- The truth about those headlines
- Joe Schmidt- the peerless linebacker
- The defense
- A game of specialist
- Playing quarterback
- Rating the great quarterbacks
- Some characters in pro football
- My greatest game
- Injuries will kill a team
- I come to the Steelers
- A team’s resurgence
|Back cover of Always on Sunday (1962)|
In chapter 7 he says Sammy Baugh “was the greatest of all-time.” He also talks about Norm Van Brocklin (“who could throw the long pass better than anyone”), Johnny Unitas and Charlie Conerly.
The chapter on him joining the Pittsburgh Steelers is very insightful.
Heart of a Lion: The Wild and Wolly Life of Bobby Layne
|Heart of a Lion, published in 1991|
Heart of a Lion: The Wild and Woolly Life of Bobby Layne was published in 1991 by Taylor Publishing Company. Written by veteran Dallas Morning News columnist Bob St. John, Heart of Lion is a very well-written, entertaining biography on Layne. 207 pages in length and written five years after Layne has passed away (1986), this biography brings Layne to life- all of his glories and faults.
It also includes a Forward by George Plimpton.
Both books are highly recommended on Bobby Layne’s birthday!