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A Few Seconds of Panic: A 5-Foot-8, 170-Pound, 43-Year-Old Sportswriter Plays In The NFL

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  • Posted October 9, 2008

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    Son of Plimpton

    I've never read George Plimpton's classic Paper Lion, but after thoroughly enjoying Stefan Fatsis's A Few Seconds of Panic I've got to pick it up. Fatsis credits Plimpton as the inspiration for his wish to find an NFL team he could (pretend) to try out for at preseason camp -- then write about on the inside after gaining the trust of the players and coaches. Of course, he admits that the NFL isn't quite the laidback little club it was when Plimpton joined the Detroit Lions back in 1963; indeed, as a multibillion dollar behemoth virtually all of its constituent teams flatly refused Fatsis's request to join them ... until, unexpectedly, the Denver Broncos said yes. The result is not only a vivid firsthand account of the grind, the uncertainty, and the heartbreak of trying (and typically failing) to make it in the NFL ... it's also the story of a middle-aged sportswriter's quest to be taken seriously as a pro athlete and place kicker -- if only for one short summer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2008

    Still reading it

    If you don't like football or the NFL this is not the book for you. But if you have ever wondered what goes on inside a pro franchise, it's a must read. I'm three quarters through the book and hard to put down.

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