Sports photographer Neil Leifer’s storied career
began in 1958 when he took Alan Ameche’s game-winning touchdown
during what is known as “The Greatest Game Ever Played.”
Now, Taschen has culled the best photos from Leifer’s 10,000 rolls of film
and put them together in Guts and Glory: Golden Age of American Football,
Art Edition. Leifer has captured many iconic moments in pro-football history,
including one at the 1962 Championship in New York, when he shot Giants
quarterback Y.A. Tittle standing over a wood fire on the sidelines as a blizzard
descended on the stadium. Jim Murray, the former sports columnist for the
Los Angeles Times, introduces the tome with a selection of the best sports
columns of the era, the perfect complement to Leifer’s stunning photojournalism.
This exclusive Art Edition of 200 numbered copies is signed by the artist, and
the first 100 books include a chromogenic print of “Johnny Unitas” from 1964.
As the Super Bowl approaches, what could be more perfect than a few
hours spent brushing up on football history? As if the photography isn’t
reason enough to pick up a copy, consider reading this your spring fashion
homework. Sports references are a perennial men’s fashion favorite, and this
season there was no shortage of athletic influences on the runways.