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Quarterback: Inside the Most Important Position in the National Football League

3.25  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  32 reviews
A major new book from #1 New York Times bestseller and sports-writing legend John Feinstein, QUARTERBACK dives deep into the most coveted and hallowed position in the NFL - exploring the stories of five top quarterbacks and taking readers inside their unique experiences of playing the position and holding the keys to their multi-billion-dollar teams.

In the mighty National
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published November 13th 2018 by Doubleday Books
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Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I grew up in a house that loves football. Some of my favorite fall memories growing up were watching the Baltimore Colts on Sundays with my family. I wasn't lucky enough to see the great Johnny Unitas play, he was before my time, so I listened to my Grandfather, Dad and Mom relive the games of yesteryear. They told me of their favorite Unitas to Berry catches and of all the victory stories. It always started with "the greatest quarterback to have ever played" stole another victory for the Baltim ...more
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've been watching NFL football since I was 5 years old. I've been reading John Feinstein in the WashingtonPost and listening to his interviews on NPR since I was 20 or so. So ... in the interest of full disclosure, I am the ideal reader for Quarterback and I expect that any other long-time US pro football fan would find it a superb read.

Feinstein's purpose is to cover what it's like to be employed at the most high-profile position in the NFL, whether you're a journeyman quarterback or a number
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
No position or player in any sport is considered as responsible for his team’s success or failure as the quarterback for a National Football League (NFL) team. His every move and every action taken by a team regarding its quarterbacks is scrutinized, analyzed and debated in the media. These men, especially those who are the starting quarterbacks for each team, are heard in numerous interviews and press conferences every day. The lives lived by NFL quarterbacks, from stars to journeymen, are chro ...more
Sharman Bingham
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a must-read for any fan of football that wants an in-depth look at the most important position on an NFL team. For my money, there is no better sports journalist than John Feinstein. If you can, listen to the audiobook; he reads it, and lends a sly, insiders nuance to his narration.
Dan Cotter
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I very much enjoyed this book that takes a look at the QB position but also the NFL.
John Detrick
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I have read every book John Feinstein has written . Feinstein has a knack for picking very interesting topics for his books. Feinstein takes a deep dive into the lives of NFL quarterbacks. What I liked most about the book was how he humanized the players and got us into their heads. I have much more respect for these quarterbacks thanks to this book. Excellent read.
Don Gorman
Nov 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
(1 1/2). I used to be entranced by John "Junior" Feinstein's books. I feel that he has dropped off the map and this book certainly helps me understand why. There is a little bit of interesting back story information here, but mostly it is almost a play by play of the 2017 season for the five quarterbacks he has featured. Boring barely describes it. Some of his earlier works were outstanding but Feinstein needs to find a little more interesting subject matter to deal with. For super serious NFL n ...more
Allen Adams
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it

The NFL is America’s sport. Football is as close to monocultural as it gets these days; even in a world with nigh-unlimited options available for our entertainment, a lot of us choose football. It is shared culture and it is BIG business.

These teams, these billion-dollar entities – their on-field well-being is placed in the hands of a single man. What kind of person is capable of being all things to all (or at least most) people, in the pocket and in the s
Chris Jaffe
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sports
This book is a disaster of organization. Here's what the book's organization feels like: Imagine if you will an author writes down a bunch of ideas of things he wants to cover in a book. He takes a bunch of index cards and writes one idea on each card. Then he takes his stack of cards, and throws them up in the air - and the order they land in determines the book's organization.

OK, that isn't really fair. The book isn't that badly organized - there is a loose chronological focus of the book. But
Steve Chanin
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you enjoy good sportswriting, as I do, Feinstein is one of the best currently working. His nonfiction golf book from the ’90s, A Good Walk Spoiled is on my short list of favorite sports books.

These days, I mostly follow professional football and hockey, so I was thrilled that Feinstein had recently released a book about football covering the 2017 season. The book follows a number of different quarterbacks in the NFL—not necessarily megastars such as Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, or Drew Brees (th
David Longo
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
John Feinstein's "Quarterback" is a light and easy read, akin to a very long sports article in, say, ESPN Magazine. Feinstein's forte is golf. He's a reasonable facsimile of Peter King when it comes to football. That's not a bad thing. Yet Feinstein isn't going to win a Pulitzer for his gridiron commentary.

"Quarterback" chronicles five current or former NFL signal callers: Alex Smith, Joe Flacco, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Andrew Luck and Doug Williams. Other QBs get a sniff as well, such as Kirk Cousins
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sport-general
Tough one to rate, still not quite sure about it. I've been watching the superbowl for quite some years now and i do appreciate the sport, i think it's a great spectator sport to be honest. But that's about all i see and as a Dutchman i certainly didn't grow up with American Football nor am i an expert. I reckon the book would be a much easier read if you have and if you are. There's so much information in here, names, drafts, teams, cities, games, scores, stats, plays, if you're not that famili ...more
Ken Heard
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
John Feinstein is a good writer who can get into the heart and background of whatever he covers. "Civil War," his book about the Army vs. Navy football game is a prime example of that. He gets into the emotions, the preparations, the history and the behind-the-scenes of whatever he covers. Of course, his book on Bobby Knight set the pace for all that.

I felt like he tanked it a few times. His book on the minor leagues, "Where Nobody Knows Your Name," and "Living on the Black" were both weak, in m
Tom Gase
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was around the 28th book I've read by John Feinstein, who once again does a great job of granting the reader inside access to what the lives are like of an athlete. This time Feinstein focuses on five quarterbacks, although it's really four since he doesn't talk too much about Doug Williams, the former great qb with the Washington Redskins who won a Super Bowl in 1988. The other qb's profiled are Joe Flacco, Alex Smith, Andrew Luck and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Other qbs are talked about, but Feins ...more
Gerald Matzke
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it
The premise of this book is obvious to anyone who follows football. Of course the quarterback is the most important position on any NFL team. The reasons that would support that premise could probably be drawn out in twenty well padded pages. Unfortunately the reader has to plow through much more than that to finally get to the last couple of chapters where the final points are made. Throughout the book there are interesting sections that probe the depths of the lives of several quarterbacks and ...more
Erin Cataldi
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Engrossing, albeit a little overwhelming at times. The quarterback is hands down one of the most important positions in football. Quarterbacks are generally the highest paid, the ones who lead and inspire the rest of the team, are the face of their franchise, and will always get all the praise... and the blame. John Feinstein follows 5 quarterbacks, their ups and downs, and what sets them apart as some of the smartest quarterbacks in the league. The five that he highlights are: Andrew Luck, Alex ...more
Paul Miller
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
As a long-time reader of anything Feinstein, it’s sad to encounter the laziest work I’ve ever seen from him. The setup is compelling - an inside look at an NFL QB through the lens of 4 different current QBs (Luck, Flacco, Fitzpatrick, and Smith). The execution is pedestrian - the vast majority of the book is simply a recap of game action, week by week, in an NFL season. Could’ve been written by a computer algorithm mining the wire services. John, we still love you, but please put that old spark ...more
Steve Peifer
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Many years ago, I used to receive correspondence from a lawyer which always included the delightful phrase ‘Dictated but not read.’

I thought of that because this book read more like it was dictated not written. If you’ve read Feinstein since the great A Season on the Brink, it has been a consistent regular decline for at least a decade. When you know what someone is capable of, and you get served crap like this, it’s truly disappointing.

I wished he still cared.
Jan 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
A positive review led me to this book. Please do not read it. It is boring, repetitive, and poorly written (e.g., clichés, unrelated snark, calling a tablet a “computer printout” - what century are we in?). I learned nothing new other than a few wives’ and children’s names. I’m assuming the author, his editors, and the publisher decided he’d written other good books so they could get away with this one. It’s my first and last by this author.
Joe Jones
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting inside look at playing the NFL's toughest position. I have a new found respect for them and what they go through. A great choice to give to sports fans and guys who say they don't want to read.
Eli Gray
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it
While I loved John Feinstein's previous books this one was not as good as the others. Was expecting to get a deep dive into the makeup of the quarterbacks profiled, it turned out to just be a behind the scenes of the surface level of what went on during the past few seasons in the NFL
David DeMoss
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I would say about 90% of this book I would give 4 stars and found interesting and enjoyable, but there were multiple times it got repetitive and then I could have went without the political opinions and opinions of NFL officials by Mr. Feinstein in a book supposed to be about quarterbacks.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I gave this to my husband as a Christmas present. He loved it! Said it gave real insight into the behind the scenes of professional football life. I suspect that his next gift will be another of Feinstein's books.
Jack Goodstein
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Why he had chosen to focus attention is never really clear.
Feinstein likes the snarky one liner, and when he finds a good one, he is sure to repeat it. Multiple times.
Sean Courtney
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Too much politics- not enough football. Feinstein is my favorite sports author but he misses with this one. Such is life in the age of Trump.
Based on the title of this book, I though that I would learn about the mindset of an NFL quarterback. Feinstein wasted too many chapters recapping the 2017 season.
Mitchell Kaufman
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Rather superficial look at some of the more successful recent quarterbacks of the NFL. Feinstein seems intent on pushing a racial issue more than discussing the position, though.
Aravind Nagarajan
Dec 23, 2018 rated it liked it
NFL for Dummies. I found it very useful in my efforts to navigate through the rules and tactics of the sport. Wishing I'd read it well before the Fantasy league began.
Scott Pierce
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sports
How the mighty have fallen. Not sure what happened to Feinstein, but this book was unreadable. Poorly written, repetitive, moronic opinions.
Tim Odzer
rated it really liked it
Dec 01, 2018
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John Feinstein is one of the nation’s most successful and prolific sports authors who has written 24 books to date. His most recent work Are You Kidding Me? , written with Rocco Mediate, was released on May 18, 2009, and is presently on the shelf at bookstores everywhere. In addition, he is an award-winning columnist and regular contributor in both radio and television.

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