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Jonathan Yardley
November 26, 1979
Though George Halas and Paul Brown are indisputably the grand old men of professional football, at first glance that would seem to be all they have in common. Halas is Papa Bear, a shambling, disheveled fellow given to flamboyant outbursts of rage and delight. Brown is Mr. Cool: impeccably dressed, always under control, lapsing into expressiveness only with an occasional icy stare or thin smile.
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November 26, 1979

A History Of Pro Football In Two Biographies—one Sunny, One Sour

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For both Halas and Brown, that eminence was not reached without cost. Both men speak harshly against the Players' Association—though they speak, of course, from the owners' vantage point. Both clearly regard the television revolution as a mixed blessing. Both say that the development of pro football into a big business, with all the complications and restrictions of big business, has taken most of the "fun" out of the game.

In the end, though, both are transparently pleased with their lives and proud of the many records they have compiled; they have every reason to be. If Halas' is by far the better book, both certainly are worth reading.

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