The Unbroken Line

The Untold Story of Gridiron Greats and Their Struggle to Save Professional Football

by Billy Joe DuPree With Spencer Kopf



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/25/2010

Recognition Programs

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 292
ISBN : 9781440191602
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 290
ISBN : 9781440191589

About the Book

The Unbroken Line is the riveting story of how truly heartless the business of professional football was and is – from the poor pension plans and inadequate medical benefits to the greed of union leadership which the authors argue takes advantage of and turns its back on the very individuals who make the game great. At no time in the annals of sports has the timing of a book been more important.

This unique story provides a fascinating inside look at how a group of players and one attorney strategically outwitted the NFL and the Players’ Union leadership to score an historic and crucial victory for players’ rights. The year was 1982, a few courageous men stood up to their powerful administrative adversaries when no one else would during the most turbulent time in the history of professional football. What was at stake then and now again in 2010 is the players’ ability to earn salaries and benefits that are in line with their contributions to their teams.

The authors, former Pro Bowl tight end Billy Joe DuPree and highly respected attorney Spencer Kopf, not only reveal the successful plan that began the end of player exploitation, but they also skillfully compare the peril players faced in 1982 to the heart wrenching situations of present-day, retired union members. An SMI Book, imprint of iUniverse, Inc.

About the Author

Billy Joe DuPree is a former Pro Bowl tight end for the Dallas Cowboys. DuPree was one of the top tight ends of his era. He was selected to three consecutive Pro Bowls (1976–1978) and helped lead his team to a 27–10 victory in Super Bowl XII. Spencer Kopf is an attorney, former prosecutor, and judge based in Dallas, Texas. An expert in sports law, he has represented more than one hundred professional athletes and at one time represented one-third of the entire Dallas Cowboys roster.