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NFL football

This #ThrowbackThursday marks the kickoff of the 97th year of the National Football League. Grab your library card and get up to speed on America's most-watched sport with a selection of some of the library's digital downloads.

Learn more about the history and evolution of the NFL from its modest Ohio beginnings in the 1920s to its current billion-dollar revenue streams in NFL Football: A History of America's New National Pastime.

Or hear about all the best plays, last second victories, and agonizing defeats from the first 50 Super Bowls through the experiences of Jerry Rice and a host of legendary players and coaches with 50 Years, 50 Moments.

And speaking of legendary.... Love him or hate him, there's no denying the longevity and legacy of the ever-youthful and controversial Tom Brady. Read more about the 199th draft pick of 2000 in Tom Brady vs. the NFL.

If "Tom Terrific" puts you in a football funk, get a boost to your Panthers Pride with Scott Fowler's Panthers Rising and 100 Things Panthers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die or The Charlotte Observer's Super Cam. And be sure to give a listen to the official soundtrack of the Panthers, Black and Blue.