Dave Sheinin “RG3: The Promise”

September 9th, 2013

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From a young age it was clear that Robert Griffin III was an unusually gifted athlete.

The only question was, where would his talent best manifest itself? Basketball? Track? Or maybe the only sport that really mattered in the small Texas town where Griffin grew up: football.

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As Washington Post reporter Dave Sheinin writes, in his book “RG3: The Promise,” Griffin found football to be the ideal showcase for all of his physical, and mental, talents.

Drafted by the Washington Redskins, RG3 debuted in the fall of 2012, immediately claiming his place in sports lore.

Now can he live up to the promise?

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Ted Kluck “Robert Griffin III: Athlete, Leader, Believer”

September 9th, 2013

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When the Washington Redskins drafted quarterback Robert Griffin III in 2012 out of Baylor University, he instantly became the new face the franchise, the young superstar who would reenergize the slumping team and perhaps even revitalize the entire NFL.

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Sports journalist Ted Kluck followed Griffin’s rookie season, with an eye on how he fit into the pantheon of young quarterbacks with great promise.

The result is Kluck’s new book “Robert Griffin III: Athlete, Leader, Believer.”

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Sam Huff “Controlled Violence”

November 1st, 2011

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Sam Huff was such a force in the National Football League in the ’50s and ’60s that CBS television produced a special called “The Violent World of Sam Huff.” One of the first middle linebackers in the NFL, Huff was one of the game’s toughest competitors, first for the New York Giants, then for the Washington Redskins.

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The son of a West Virginia coal miner, determined not to follow in his father’s hardscrabble footsteps, Huff became a superstar, the first NFL player to be featured on the cover of Time magazine.

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Now in a blunt-spoken new memoir, Sam Huff takes us from those days tossing around a homemade football in a coal mining company town, to college at West Virginia University, to the NFL. He writes warmly about his friends, but of his enemies, wow, Huff delivers a helmet to the gut.

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Michael Oher “I Beat the Odds”

February 12th, 2011

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If you’ve read Michaal Lewis’ book “The Blind Side,” or have seen the Academy Award-winning movie based on the book, you know about Michael Oher, the virtually-homeless Memphis teenager, who went on to become a college All-American football star and first-round draft pick by the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens. But there’s a whole lot more you don’t know about Michael Oher — and some of what you think you know may be wrong.

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In his book “I Beat the Odds” Oher fills in his backstory — the crack-addicted mother, the nearly-dozen brothers and sisters who often had to fend for themselves, the feared social workers who he now realizes were often reduced to tears in their efforts to help him and his family. And he has a message for the many thousands of other youngsters who find themselves where he was, not that many years ago.

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Michael Lewis “The Blind Side”

October 6th, 2006

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A fundamental change occurred in pro football in America in the 1980s, says bestselling author Michael Lewis. It was when teams began to realize that their well-paid quarterbacks were increasingly vulnerable to punishing defenders like Lawrence Taylor.

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That’s when the left tackle became a key offensive position, to protect the quarterback from being sacked. And it provides the title for Lewis’ new book: “The Blind Side.”

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