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"A continuous feast...The best book ever about footballor anything!"Wall Street Journal"
A great book that makes football absolutely fascinating to fan and non-fan alike...a tale to gladden the envious heart of every weekend athlete.... Plimpton has endless curiosity, unshakable enthusiasm and nerve, and a deep respect for the world he enters."New York Times"
The agility and imaginativeness of his prose transforms his account of this daydream into a classic of sports reporting."The New Yorker"
Possibly the most arresting and delightful narrative in all of sports literature."Book Week
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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.