• Present at the Creation

  • My Life in the NFL and the Rise of America's Game
  • By: Upton Bell, Ron Borges
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 02-02-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks
  • 5 out of 5 stars 5.0 (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Upton Bell grew up at the knee of the NFL's first great commissioner, his father, the legendary Bert Bell, who not only saved the game from financial ruin after World War II but was one of its greatest innovators. Present at the Creation details Bell’s firsthand experiences, which started as he watched his father draw up the league schedule each year at the kitchen table using dominoes. Over the past 53 years, Bell has been an owner, a general manager, a personnel executive, a scouting director for two Super Bowl teams, a television commentator and analyst, and a talk-radio host. He has seen the NFL from the inside and has experienced many of the most important moments in NFL history.
Bell was player personnel director for the Baltimore Colts when the team played in three championship games and appeared in two Super Bowls (1968 and 1970). At thirty-three, he became the youngest general manager in NFL history when he joined the Patriots in that role in 1971. He left the NFL in 1974 to compete against it, joining the upstart World Football League as owner of the Charlotte Hornets, which lasted just two years. In 1976 Bell began his 40-year career as a radio and TV talk-show host, yet he remains a football guy who was in the middle of the game’s most significant moments and knows that half the story has never been told, until now.
The book is published by University of Nebraska Press.
“A must-read for any fan of pro football.” (Ernie Accorsi, former general manager of the New York Giants)

©2017 Upton Bell and Ron Borges (P)2018 Redwood Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"A highly enjoyable book that should be on every football fan's reading list." (Library Journal)
“This is an extraordinary life story of a unique individual. The epilogue alone is worth the price of the book.” (Bob Ryan, Boston Globe sportswriter, recipient of the Curt Gowdy Media Award)
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By jimbokline on 02-04-18

For more than Football fans.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I have a lot of friends who are football fans.

What other book might you compare Present at the Creation to and why?

Can't think of any book that compares.

This is a riveting story, even if you are not a big football fan. My wife listened with me on a long car trip and enjoyed it just for the human interest stories and the “what it was like” back then narratives. Bell relates the story of a man who grew up with the NFL. His father was the very first Commissioner of the NFL and he became a part of a number of teams as a box office person, a scout and finally General Manager of the Patriots.

What about James Killavey’s performance did you like?

Reading was good...slight New England accent, but that fit and it was not overdone

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

First chapter.

Any additional comments?

Overall I give it five stars all around. Oh...and I was very interested to see who Bell picked as the best quarterback ever. Hint – it was not Brady!

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Empowerment on 02-07-18

This Man Knows Football

Would you listen to Present at the Creation again? Why?

Yes, but not for a while. The Epilogue maybe sooner. Lots of interesting tidbits there.

Have you listened to any of James Killavey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. One of my favorite narrators.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The description of his Father's death while watching his favorite team, the Eagles, in the same stadium where he was a star college quarterback Powerful stuff.

Any additional comments?

Got to see Football from a whole different angle. Not just on the field, but in the locker room, in their houses and in the meeting rooms.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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