From a multiple New York Times best-selling author, the rollicking, outrageous story of the United States Football League, a bona fide professional sports phenomenon full of larger-than-life characters and you-can’t-make-this-up stories featuring some of the biggest celebrities and buffoons in the game.
The USFL—United States Football League—was the last football league to challenge the mighty NFL. It spanned three years, 1983–1986. It soared in popularity, but then it died beneath the weight of a particularly egotistical and bombastic owner at the time—Donald Trump. The league featured as many as eighteen teams, and included such superstars as Herschel Walker, Jim Kelly, Steve Young, Reggie White, Doug Flutie, Mike Rozier.
In Football for a Buck, dogged reporter and bestselling author Jeff Pearlman draws on some five hundred interviews to unearth all the salty, untold stories of one of the craziest sports organizations to have ever captivated our interest. From 1980s drug excess, to airborne brawls and hooker raids to backroom business deals to some of the greatest football on the field, Pearlman transports readers back in time to this crazy, boozy, audacious, unforgettable era of the game, showing how fortunes were made and lost on the backs of professional athletes and also how, thirty years ago, Trump was a scoundrel and a spoiler. This is sports as high entertainment—and a cautionary tale of the dangers of ego and excess.