Collision Low Crossers
A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football
Publication Date: November 19, 2013
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By spending a year with the New York Jets, Nicholas Dawidoff entered a mysterious and private world with its own rituals and language. Equal parts "Paper Lion, Moneyball, Friday Night Lights, "and "The Office, "this absorbing, funny, and vivid narrative gets to the heart of a massive and stressful collective endeavor.
Here is football in many faces: the polarizing, brilliant, and hilarious head coach; the general manager, whose job is to support (and suppress) the irrepressible coach; the defensive coaches and their in-house rivals, the offensive coaches; and of course the players. Wise safeties, brooding linebackers, high-strung cornerbacks, enthusiastic rookies, and a well-read nose tackle-they make up a strange and complex family. Dawidoff makes an emblematic NFL season come alive for fans and nonfans alike in a book about football that will forever change the way people watch and think about the sport.
Nicholas Dawidoff is the author of three previous books. "The Fly Swatter "was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and "In the Country of Country" was named one of the greatest all-time works of travel literature by "Conde Nast Traveler." He is also the editor of the Library of America's "Baseball: A Literary Anthology." A Guggenheim, Civitella Ranieri and Berlin Prize Fellow, he is currently the Anschutz Distinguished Fellow at Princeton University.
As many Americans settle in for a day of Thanksgiving football, how much do fans really know about the game and the players? Writer Nicholas Dawidoff spent nearly a year embedded with the New York Jets. He talks about the experience, and his new book, Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football, with host Michel Martin. More at NPR.org
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