Former collegiate star, sports agent, and NFL Executive Michael Huyghue recounts his journey in professional sports and shows how race and racism operate among the rich and the white and extend way beyond the NFL and the world of sports executives.
With a deep, abiding love for sports, Huyghue chronicles his journey from childhood athletics to one of the highest-ranking black executives in the NFL. Huyghue reveals a bird's eye view of the inner workings of the exclusive inner sanctum of the NFL owners, players and management. The author's journey as an athlete and lawyer provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what goes on behind closed doors in the world of professional sports and collegiate athletic programs.
His story as a pioneer and a change agent is one of hope, triumph, setback and sheer perseverance that will resonate with any sports fan. It is a blueprint-marked by wry humor and without bitterness--to successfully navigate the journey that remains for minorities to succeed as front office executives in the multibillion-dollar sports industry. It is also a not often told chronicle of growing up black and male in white suburban America.
While black athletes are ubiquitous on the playing field and front pages of tabloids, the challenge remains to gain true power in the multibillion-dollar sports industry. Huyghue details that struggle play by play.
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About the Author
A lawyer by training, Huyghue lectures extensively on professional sports and sports law. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, where he was a star football player and is a former member of the board of trustees. Huyghue earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and is admitted to the bar in New York, New Jersey and Michigan.
Table of Contents
1 Kneeling Down 1
2 Rules of the Game 15
3 First-Quarter Offensive 43
4 Making the Team 81
5 Coming Home 107
6 Expanding the Field 139
7 Tying the Knot 153
8 Cap Jail 183
9 A Free Agent 201
10 Diversifying the NFL from the Outside In 221
11 An Off-Book Play 231
12 Commish 251
13 The UFL 259
14 Not All Money Is Good 291
Appendix: Why the NFL Systematically Excludes Blacks from the Coaching Ranks 301
About the Author 317
Photo Captions 321
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Super relevant--this book is a must read! With the odds stacked against him, Michael writes about the stairs he climbed composed of discrimination and racism to reach top-ranking positions inside the front office of the NFL. Although he describes himself as a “token black person” who was given opportunities to fulfil a quota, Michael maintained his success through nothing short of hard work and sacrifice. As a fan of sports, it was interesting to see the politics of the NFL and the sports industry in general. Michael’s story is truly inspiring and something every reader can find value in.
In Behind the Line of Scrimmage, Michael Huyghue reflects on over 30 years of experience in the professional sports industry coupled with his journey as one of the highest-ranking African American executives in the NFL. It's not only a great read for sports fans, but also sheds light on some of the most prominent social injustices that continue to plague our society everyday. Michael provides invaluable behind-the-scenes insight into the sports world and, perhaps most importantly, he provides hope for constructive change. Truly an inspiring & amazing read!