Hail Mary: The Rise and Fall of the National Women’s Football League

The little-known, fascinating story of the rise and fall of the National Women’s Football League, told through the players whose spirit, rivalries, and tenacity carried the league and furthered the legacy of women in sports.

The players of the NWFL came from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, largely from working class homes. They were gay and straight, they were factory workers and mothers, they were beauticians and truck drivers. They overcame sexism, injuries, exhaustion, stereotypes, harassment, skeptics,  and their own lack of training to become the first women’s pro football league in U.S. history. 

The league itself was a Hail Mary pass: a longshot, something with a high likelihood of failure. It’s the pass you take because why the hell not, because the ball is in your hands and if you don’t do it, the chance for success goes from slim to none. The Hail Mary that was the NWFL may not have been a completed pass, but for a while, as it sailed through the air towards its receiver, it looked like it had a shot.

• Coming November 2021 from Bold Type Books •

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