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PAPER TIGER One Athlete’s Journey to the Underbelly of Pro Football TED A. KLUCK
Former college football player Ted Kluck had a dream: to return to the playing field and stir the dying embers of his athletic prowess. He decided to try to sign on with a professional team—in his case, the Battle Creek Crunch of the Great Lakes Indoor Football League, known as the Tigers. Here’s how he describes the results of his first practice: “Post-practice, my body is a bas-relief road map of pain. I am purple from shoulder to elbow and my arms sport an interesting array of little polka-dot welts (from the mesh practice jersey) and Field Turf abrasions. There is a nice, purplish bruise around the outer portion of my right eye and if my wife harbored any excitement about sleeping with a professional athlete, then it is for naught. My plan is to not be touched by anyone for any reason, for several days. Sexy.”
Part Paper Lion and part Bull Durham, this book tells the story of the dreamers and the world-class ath- letes with promise who never quite made the next step.
Ted A. Kluck’s work has appeared in ESPN The Magazine, Sports Spectrum magazine, Cyberboxingzone.com, and several small literary journals. A bimonthly column for Sports Spectrum magazine entitled “Pro and Con” won the Evangelical Press Association award for best standing col- umn. He lives in East Lansing, Michigan.
Follows in the deep footsteps of George Plimpton
Author writes a regular column for ESPN.com
A sometimes hilarious and sometimes touching account of the dreamers and the world-class
athletes with promise who never quite made the next step
Includes b|w photographs
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