Paper Tiger: One Athlete’s Journey to the Underbelly of Pro Football by Ted A. Kluck (Lyons Press) employs humor and the behind-the-scenes style of journalism pioneered in George Plimpton’s classic Paper Lion. In the book, Kluck details his season as a long snapper with the Battle Creek Crunch of the Great Lakes Indoor Football League. In this near-bottom rung of professional football, teams struggle to make ends meet and players refuse to abandon their love of the game in their fight for one last shot at gridiron glory.
You can learn more about the author (who also writes for ESPN) at his web site, TedKluck.com.
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