A View from the Bench: The Story of an Ordinary Player on a Big-time Football Team

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University of Illinois Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 234 pages
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Recruited for his combination of size and speed, George Mills had the potential to become an outstanding college football player--but it never happened. A View from the Bench reveals the reality behind the glamour of college football and the tough experiences in the life of a benchwarmer. Mills was a solid player who loved the game, but he had only one shot in nearly five years at making Nebraska's starting team. He found little time or energy left for academics after hours of drills, weight lifting, and team meetings. Now, with complete candor, Mills lays bare the true weight of emphasis in the student-athlete dichotomy. Recruited for his combination of size and speed, George Mills had the potential to become an outstanding college football player--but it never happened. football and the tough experiences in the life of a benchwarmer. Mills was a solid player who loved the game, but he had only one shot in nearly five years at making Nebraska's starting team. He found little time or energy left for academics after hours of drills, weight lifting, and team meetings. Now, with complete candor, Mills lays bare the true weight of emphasis in the student-athlete dichotomy. Free from anger or malice, Mills tells of his struggle to come to terms with a sports career of mediocrity. A View from the Bench is an honest reflection of the experiences of so many overlooked players. It will be meaningful to anyone who has watched or played competitive sports.
 

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User Review  - Malarchy - LibraryThing

The college gridiron game does not get the same exposure this side of the Atlantic as the NFL does so this was a real interest piece for me. Mills is a decent but ultimately only average player at a ... Read full review

Contents

The Neighborhood
1
High School
13
The Shrine Bowl
33
Frosh
47
The Ax Handle
63
Read the Head
77
Redshirting
89
Miami
113
Quit
129
Playing Time
143
Cotton Bowl
171
Pain and Injury
183
RollerCoaster Ride
203
Coming Down Off the Pedestal
219
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Mills was defensive tackle at the University of Nebraska and is now a sales broker at a real estate firm in Omaha. He coached high school football for several years.

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