The Uncrowned Champs (Hardcover)
How the 1963 San Diego Chargers Would Have Won the Super Bowl
Carrel Books, 9781631440465, 432pp.
Publication Date: November 24, 2015
Before the inception of the Super Bowl--football's faceoff of the best teams to find out who is truly superior--the two leagues (AFL and NFL) would each have their own championship game. This bad blood stuck around until the merger of the leagues in 1966. Since beginning play in 1960, the American Football League had always taken a backseat to the National Football League. It was considered a secondary league; the best and most skilled players went to the more powerful NFL, which had been around for nearly fifty years. During the 1963 NFL season, the Chicago Bears reigned supreme, commanding every team that crossed their path. But were they the best team in football? If you asked the San Diego Chargers of the AFL, that answer would be a resounding no. The Uncrowned Champs follows the incredible season of the '63 Chargers as they transformed their roster from a 4-10 finish in 1962 to a conquering force that ripped through the AFL. With a week-to-week breakdown, Dave Steidel chronicles the team's innovative, high-scoring, juggernaut offense and top-rated defense that featured a fearsome, foursome front-line. Unfortunately for football fans, the Bears and Chargers never met on the field that year. But thanks to new technology, we are able to conduct a computer simulation of what would have been the first Super Bowl game and answer the fifty-year-old question of who was the best football team of '63? Featuring a foreword by Chargers Hall of Fame wide-receiver Lance Alworth, The Uncrowned Champs is a terrific look into the pre-Super Bowl era, when two rival leagues fought for dominance in the public's eye. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Sports Publishing imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in sports--books about baseball, pro football, college football, pro and college basketball, hockey, or soccer, we have a book about your sport or your team. Whether you are a New York Yankees fan or hail from Red Sox nation; whether you are a die-hard Green Bay Packers or Dallas Cowboys fan; whether you root for the Kentucky Wildcats, Louisville Cardinals, UCLA Bruins, or Kansas Jayhawks; whether you route for the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, or Los Angeles Kings; we have a book for you. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
About the Author
Dave Steidel is a football historian and the author of Remember the AFL: The Ultimate Fan's Guide to the American Football League. Lance Alworth is a former wide receiver for the San Diego Chargers and the Dallas Cowboys. He is a member of the AFL All-Time Team, the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team, and was elected into both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame.