George Plimpton was perhaps best known for PAPER LION, the book that set the bar for participatory sports journalism. With his characteristic wit, Plimpton recounts his experiences in talking his way into training camp with the Detroit Lions, practicing with the team, and taking snaps behind center. His breezy style captures the pressures and tensions rookies confront, the hijinks that pervade when sixty high-strung guys live together in close quarters, and a host of football rites and rituals.
One of the funniest and most insightful books ever written on football, PAPER LION is a classic look at the gridiron game and a book The Wall Street Journal calls "a continuous feast...The best book ever about football--or anything!"
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
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About the Author
Date of Birth:March 18, 1927
Date of Death:September 25, 2003
Place of Birth:New York, NY
Place of Death:New York, NY
Education:B.A. in English Literature, Harvard University, 1950; Master's degree, Cambridge University, 1952
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"I still think quarterback. It's the position everyone would want to read about."
"You'll be standing right at the edge of the pitjust teetering there," said Wilson, grinning.
"I'll back away quick enough," I said. And I'm not going to run into it. What's that fine dictum of Van Brocklinthat a quarterback only runs out of sheer terror?"
Wilson did not give me much time to change my mind. On the fourth or fifth day or practicethe backfields running throu play patterns without contact from the defenseWilson suddenly called out: "OK George. In you go. Let's have the twenty-three roll. You've got it in your playbook. You know how it works."
I dropped my notebook.
I did know what to do from the class the nght beforethat is I knew how the play was supposed to be run, but I had no idea where my hands were supposed to go, exactlyas I stood up behind the center to receive the ball. I had never stood in against a center, my hands groping under his backside, in the odd near-coupling stance of the T-formation quarterback.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Plimpton's work gives a fine account of the behind the curtain goings on of an NFL team at a time when the game was beginning to change into what it is today. A fantastic and humorous look into the day to day life of an NFL training camp and the brutal reality of one of America's favorite pastimes.
Forty-five NFL seasons have passed since writer George Plimpton convinced the Detroit Lions to let him experience the NFL, firsthand, as a last-string quarterback. In addition to fluid writing, gallows humor, and unconventional journalism, this classic offers an irresistible portrait of professional football was a game, not an industry.Plimpton¿s takes us inside a smoking, drinking NFL where plays are improvised in the huddle and America¿s best athletes network for summer jobs. Whether you¿re a football fan or not, `Paper Lion¿ will be a Sunday afternoon well-spent.