Where's the line? I mean, 'cause on the one hand, yes, this is a sport that requires a lot of aggression, you know, focused aggression. So where's the line? I mean, the whole thing with the Saints, you know, paying.
When there's a - sort of a counterintuitive quality for the profession, I thought that that was really appealing. And what I would say was true for me would be true for many, many, many people, which is that he's a very, very seductive person.
Julio Cortez/AP Nicholas Dawidoff's. Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football may be the best book I've ever read about football. It is certainly the most detailed account of the players inside the helmets and the coaches obscured from an.
Welcome. Thanks so much for joining us. NICHOLAS DAWIDOFF : Thanks for having me. MARTIN : So I understand that you are not exactly a fan. DAWIDOFF : I'm an enthusiast, but I was - one of the things that appealed to me about football.
I thought that this was something which was so intensely meaningful to a lot of people, and so popular and yet, there seemed to me a really interesting and unusual disconnect between something that, again, people cared so much about and how it really worked.
MICHEL MARTIN, HOST : I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. It's Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., and this is the day set aside to offer thanks for all the good things in our lives.
And there's another thing that many Americans are celebrating today. And if half your relatives are already in front of the TV, then you know what that is. Of course, we're talking about football.
Collision Low Crossers resonates with the fan who has a long connection to the game, who either played, coached, or both. A fan for whom the bonds of a Pop Warner or high school team were meaningful, and for whom the NFL is an exulted.
In other words, their fellow players could serve and function almost as, you know, surrogate brothers or uncles, and the coaches could be - I mean, there's one player who told me, he said, you know, football really is my father.
Rex would tell you, you know, they're not a piece of meat to me. And he'll sometimes discourage players who want to play from playing; and he'd say, no, not this week - because he thinks that they're too injured, and it won't be good.
That's fine the Jets were unimaginative in their play-calling for much of the season and often failed to take advantage of their talented roster.". That's unfathomable, Dawidoff says. "If anything, like a lot of coaches, what he had going for him was imagination.
DAWIDOFF : Yeah, but I think that Rex really is there for the little guy. And, you know, he would tell you that to him, there are a lot of coaches who play injured players.
What do you think would be most surprising? DAWIDOFF : There are so many surprising things because, you know, this was a world behind the screen. And I felt that almost every day, there were things that interested me.
You do talk about race. And I will just crack alcohol 1.9 6.4719 say that - I'll just own my stuff - as an African-American, I think I have a reflexive kind of suspicion of white reporters who want to pronounce an environment racially healthy or sensitive if you.