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Second to None
Second to None

Second to None

The Relentless Drive and the Impossible Dream of the Super Bowl Bills
By Joe Valerio, Foreword by Steve Tasker, Introduction by Marv Levy

SPORTS & RECREATION

240 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Cloth, $25.95 (US $25.95) (CA $28.95)

ISBN 9781600789267

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Sep 2014)

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Overview

In Second to None, author Joe Valerio tells the incredible story of the Buffalo Bills: the perpetual almost-champions and their indomitable fans. The Bills' 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. Meticulously researched 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.

Author Biography

Joe 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.

Media

August 26, 2014CBS Sports Feinstein Radio
August 6, 2014 | ESPN Radio SVP & Russillo
Second to None was featured on BuffaloBills.com in conjunction with Bills play-by-play John Murphy's interview with author Joe Valerio on WGR-AM 550 on September 10.
Second to None was excerpted in the Daily News and NYDailyNews.com in New York on Sunday, August 30.
Second to None was reviewed in The Buffalo News on September 5, 2014.

Book Signings

Past Events


Jan
07
Joe Valerio - Second to None ›
Madison, CT
7:00pm
Dec
10
Joe Valerio & Former Bills Player Mark Kelso - Second to None ›
Blasdell, NY
6:00pm
Dec
09
Joe Valerio - Second to None ›
Westport, CT
7:00pm

Press Releases

Second to None:

The Relentless Drive and Impossible Dream of the Super Bowl Bills

By Joseph Valerio / Foreword by Steve Tasker / Introduction by Marv Levy

 

Contact: Bill Ames, Triumph Books, 312.676.4256, b.ames@triumphbooks.com

 

Every avid sports fan loves a story of the underdog exceeding its expectations. In the early 1990s, the Buffalo Bills became a real-life story of the underdog reaching for the impossible dream of a Super Bowl ring. For Buffalo Bills fans around the country, the memories of the Bills four consecutive AFC conference championships and four consecutive Super Bowls losses will always be bittersweet. With great players and bonds formed on and off the field, the Bills were able to accomplish something that had never been done before and has not been done since.

 

Second to None: The Relentless Drive and the Impossible Dream of the Super Bowl Bills (Triumph Books, September 2014) provides a one of a kind look into the Super Bowl-era Buffalo Bills. This book is not simply about winning or losing, but about the team that displayed unparalleled perseverance making them the only team to ever play in four consecutive Super Bowl games. Throughout the book, author Joe Valerio brings players and fans alike back to a time like none other for Buffalo and the NFL. Valerio captures the unique qualities of a team that helped brighten the city of Buffalo while it was facing economic stress.

 

With interviews from key players, coaches, and management including Coach Marv Levy, and general manager Bill Polian; Valerio provides a behind-the-scenes look into the Super Bowl-era Buffalo Bills including:

 

  • Stories of Hall of Famers Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Bruce Smith and the unique qualities each player brought to the team
  • Bill Polian’s vision of a team that fans could identify with and embrace not simply as a team, but as a community
  • A look into the instrumental guidance of Coach Marv Levy through first-hand accounts of his time with the team
  • An in-depth look at the Bills’ vowed revenge to meet the Dallas Cowboys after their epic defeat on January 31, 1993

 

Second to None: The Relentless Drive and the Impossible Dream of the Super Bowl Bills is a must-read not only for all die-hard Bills fans, but to football fans everywhere who wish to relive the relentless battle of the franchises’ near misses in the early 1990s and dive deeper into the incredible story of the remarkable run by the Buffalo Bills.

 

About the Author:

Joseph Valerio was a sportswriter for the New York Post whose work also appeared in People and Sport magazines.  For more than 10 years, he was a producer with ABC News and CBS Sports, where he won Emmy awards for writing and producing.  He has produced "The Sports Reporters" and numerous other programs for ESPN for 25 years.  He lives in Connecticut. 

 

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