Paper Tiger

Paper Tiger

One Athlete's Journey to the Underbelly of Pro Football

Book - 2007
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The author, a freelance journalist and former college football player, describes his experience when he signs on with the Battle Creek Crunch, a professional indoor football league.

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Former college football player Ted Kluck had a dream: to return to the playing field and try to stir the dying embers of his athletic prowess. He decided to try and sign on with a professional team--in his case, the Battle Creek Crunch of the Great Lakes Indoor Football League. Here's how he describes the results of his first practice:

[BEGIN EXT design: indent this paragraph both sides]"Post-practice, my body is a bas-relief road map of pain. I am purple from shoulder to elbow and my arms sport an interesting array of little polka-dot welts (from the mesh practice jersey) and Field Turf abrasions. There is a nice, purplish bruise around the outer portion of my right eye and if my wife harbored any excitement about sleeping with a professional athlete, then it is for naught. My plan is to not be touched by anyone for any reason, for several days. Sexy." [end EXT]

Part Paper Lion and part Bull Durham, this book tells the story of the dreamers and the world-class athletes with promise who never quite made the next step.

Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, c2007
ISBN: 1599210436
Branch Call Number: 796.332092 KLU
Characteristics: xiv, 223 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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