Saturday, February 21, 2009

Book Review: Ten Men You Meet in the Huddle

Two types of books I feel comfortable recommending here. The first is books where, by reading them, you can learn something about the game of football you didn't know before you read the book, while the second is books that say something interesting about the people that play the game. It is into this latter category that Bill Curry's Ten Men You Meet in the Huddle: Lessons from a Football Life falls. Curry had particularly interesting NFL career as a center, snapping the ball both in Green Bay to Bart Starr under Vince Lombardi and in Baltimore to Johnny Unitas under Don Shula. Ten Men is not a generalized autobiography that covers his whole life and career, but instead is a series of chapters with vignettes and life lessons that he learned from each of the titular ten men, who include his coaches at various levels and also teammates he knew and appreciated. By his own admission, Curry has not always been a great man, but he seems to have always been a fundamentally decent one, and there are some nice anecdotes in here that confirm that. Recommended for what it is, and I'm also inspired to go out and snag a copy of One More July, by George Plimpton about conversations with Curry.

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