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Good football books

August 23, 2012 - Burt Angeli
From the Bookshelf: There’s a couple books that have been out there for a couple years that should get the football juices flowing.

“Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton” (Gotham) covered the Hall of Famer from top to bottom.

Payton’s high school coach, Bob Hill, warned players not to be cocky or comfortable: “The bus works whether you’re on it or not.”

When Payton and Jackson State ran over Bobby McKiver and Lane for seven touchdowns, the team doctor offered encouragement: “Bobby, the sun will rise again.”

Responded McKiver, “Doc, it seems pretty damn dark to me.”

“Three And Out: Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines in the Crucible of College Football” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) defends Rodriguez during his tumultuous days in Ann Arbor.

There’s also a local connection with Stambaugh cousins and Ann Arbor barbershop owners Bill (Red) Stolberg and Jerry Erickson mentioned for their knowledge of U-M football.

“Both barbershops serve as gossip centers for all things Michigan athletics,” author John U. Bacon wrote. “The proprietors are cousins, to boot, but that doesn’t mean they agree very often.” ...

 
 
 

 

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