Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback

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LYONS Press, Oct 1, 2003 - Sports & Recreation - 362 pages
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In the mid-'60s, Plimpton joined the Detroit Lions at their preseason camp as a 36-year-old rookie quarterback wannabe, and stuck with the club through an intra-squad game before the paying public a month later. The result is a literary masterpiece about professional football that not only elevated the art of participatory journalism to an art form, but also remains one of the most insightful and hilarious books ever written on the game.
The Detroit Lions agreed to permit Plimpton-wearing Number 0-to join them for four weeks of training camp, and to culminate his apprenticeship by calling a series of plays in an intra-squad game in Pontiac Stadium. No holds are barred in this memorable, on-the-field look at football and how the professionals play it. Naturally, Plimpton didn't make it as a football hero; he barely affords himself a dignified account of his performance on the field, which is just as well. What remains is an enduring classic of professional football as it looks to a first-string writer trying out as a last-string quarterback.

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User Review  - Deb85 - LibraryThing

Written in the mid-1960s when professional football was only 40 years old and football organizations operated more loosely, "Paper Lion" is the story of George Plimpton's excursion into the world of ... Read full review

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User Review  - JNSelko - LibraryThing

Readable and enjoyable tale of a geeks adventure into jockland- before the apothoesized themselves. Things in sports were better then, and this book is a fine example of the difference. Read full review


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GEORGE PLIMPTON, the originator of "participatory journalism," is a founder and the editor and publisher of The Paris Review. His books include Out of My League, The Bogey Man, Open Net, Shadow Box and Mad Ducks and Bears.

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