The Blind Side Evolution of a Game (Paperback)
|Author: Michael Lewis|
|Its not a jock book. Its not a sociology book. Its a storybook about modern society, ancient virtues, and the power of love, money and talent to do a little good.|
From the Publisher:
One day Michael Oher will be among the most highly paid athletes in the National Football League. When we first meet him, he is one of thirteen children by a mother addicted to crack; he does not know his real name, his father, his birthday, or how to read or write. He takes up football, and school, after a rich, white, evangelical family plucks him from the streets. Then two great forces alter Oher: the family's love and the evolution of professional football itself into a game in which the quarterback must be protected at any cost. Our protagonist becomes the priceless package of size, speed, and agility necessary to guard the quarterback's greatest vulnerability: his blind side. This paperback edition contains a brand-new 2007 afterword.
The author of MONEYBALL intertwines the true life of a young man from the inner city with the changing game of football, especially in regard to the position of quarterback and the offensive linemen who block those intent on sacking him. ||As the son of a crack-addicted mother, Michael Oher's prospects were bleak until his adoption by an affluent evangelical family who provided the security and unconditional love that allowed him to take up football and excel. The offensive lineman is key in protecting the quarterback, and the position requires an extraordinary combination of skills. Michael Lewis charts the changes in the game and the prospects for Oher, who may be at the beginning of a great career. A New York Times Notable Book of the Year for 2006.
Customer Reviews of The Blind Side
For football enthusiasts only!9/22/2010
Unlike the movie, this book is half inspiring novel, half football strategy/history. I have been watching college football since I was in diapers and have season tickets to my college this year, but my eyes glazed over in numerous parts. I actually started turning the page when the author would begin explaining another part of strategy. Overall, I am glad I read it, but I don't think I'll pick it up again. I am giving it to my uncle who loves to get into football and know exactly what is going on.
Great book for football fans and people fans!8/7/2008
This book was an excellent read. As an avid fan of pro football, I found great pleasure in a number of topics that were covered in this book. Among those topics: Lawrence Taylor, the QB Sack, the ending of Joe Theismann's career, the growth of the LT position, Dwight Freeney, the SF 49ers/New York Giants rivalry and historic championship clashes of the 80s... Then the other side of this book was a detailed look at the life of a good kid with a bad set of problems from inner city Memphis, TN. To hear this kid's story is to know that there is a God that saves even in today's times. I say this because this kid was plucked from a life sure to end in tragedy and given numerous opportunities to increase his chances to succeed in life. While his story is still not complete(hasn't played a single down of NFL football yet); it's clear that he still has an excellent chance to reach this level and to continue to demonstrate for the world God's will and power. Do your heart a favor, football fans, and give this book a try.
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