From the book “OPEN FIELD”

“The highest tribute that can be paid a quarter back is to be able to say that he strikes a little fear into whatever defensive team he faces. Brodie does that. I marvel at the way he has mastered the art.”
Tom Landry
Head Coach, Dallas Cawboys

“The 49ers ain’t ever going to win a championship as long as Brodie runs that team.”
San Francisco 49er fan, circa 1968

“John Brodie is perhaps the most controversial quarterback in recent football history. Hailed as the purest passer and the most intelligent field leader in the game, he also was damned for years by certain fans who claimed that San Francisco 49ers will never win a title as long as Brodie called their plays. In 1966 he became the highest paid player in the history of professional athletics and his contract was a major factor in forcing the merger of two major leagues. Three years after sportswriters where saying he was finished, but in 1970 he won the Jim Thorpe Award, captained an offensive team in the Pro Bowl, and was chosen Most Valuable Player in the National Football League. At the end of the season in 1973, after the seventeen years of pro ball, after leading the 49ers to tree successive division titles, and with a John Brodie page in the record book, he retired from football.
Open Field is Brodie’s full account of his mercurial career…”
James D. Houston (From the book cover)

The following are a few pages from the book, where John Brodie talks about his meetings with Phil Spickler.

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By Ernie Stanton:

Great book for longtime 49er fans & for those who would like more historical perspective on the organization & the people who were part of it.

By COOL JEWEL:

THIS IS THE STORY OF JOHN BRODIE, FORMER QUARTERBACK FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS. HE TELLS US ABOUT HIS CAREER IN DETAIL. FROM HIS DAYS AT STANFORD TO HIS LAST GAME WITH THE 49ERS, BRODIE MAKES THIS BOOK BOTH INTERESTING END ENTERTAINING. I RECOMMEND THIS FOR ALL 49ER AND FOOTBALL FANS.

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