Second to None, author Joe Valerio tells the incredible story of the Buffalo
Bills: the perpetual almost-champions and their indomitable fans.
incredible skill and teamwork on the field was matched only by their
single-minded determination as, in the four years spanning 1991 to 1994, the
team won four consecutive conference championships, and lost four consecutive
Super Bowls. The peaks and nadirs of their record reflect a fascinatingly
dynamic, uneven, and—at times—uncontrollable array of talents. Valerio renders
in sharp detail how the Bills' unique culture was formed by an unlikely
ecosystem of world-class athletes hunkered down in bleak western New York, far
away from the celebrity playgrounds of other pro teams.
and carefully crafted, this one-of-a-kind look inside the Super Bowl-era
Buffalo Bills is based on extensive interviews with the key players, coaches,
and management, including Hall of Famers Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Bruce
Smith, as well as coach Marv Levy, general manager Bill Polian, and many
others, including players and coaches from opposing teams, and the reporters
who covered them.
Valerio is a sportswriter and producer who covered sports for People and Sport
magazines, among others. For more than 10 years, he was a producer with ABC
News and CBS Sports, where he won multiple Emmy awards for writing and
producing. He has produced the Sports Reporters numerous other programs for
ESPN for 23 years. He lives in Westport, Connecticut. Steve Tasker is a former
NFL player who played for the Buffalo Bills for 12 seasons. He currently works
as an analyst for CBS sports. He lives in Buffalo, New York.
Marv Levy is a
former coach for the Buffalo Bills who brought the team to four consecutive
Super Bowl appearances, four AFC championships, and six AFC East titles. He is
ranked as the 13th all-time winningest coach in NFL history and is a member of
the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He lives in Chicago.
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