I haven’t made a “Short, Short List” in a while. I have read and reviewed a few books since my last one in May. This list is not quite as short as I have reviewed a few more books.
1. Tarnished Heisman: Did Reggie Bush Turn His Final College Season into a Six-Figure Job? by Don Yaeger and Jim Henry. The authors delve into the controversy surrounding the potential gifts that Reggie Bush received his last two years as a student athlete at USC. Here is my review of the book.
2. Hero of the Underground by Jason Peter. This book is a memoir by former Nebraska Cornhusker defensive lineman and Carolina Panther Jason Peter about his journey to heroin abuse and back to sobriety. It is a tough book to read in which Peter describes the lifestyle in which he was entrenched, and I don’t recommend it for young teenagers.
3. Season of Life: A Football Star, a Boy, a Journey to Manhood by Jeffrey Marx. A good inspirational and encouraging book about a couple of high school football coaches who are seeking to make a difference in the lives of young men more than they are trying to win games. But, they win the games too. Here is my review, in two parts.
4. Top Dawg: Mark Richt and the Revival of Georgia Football by Rob Suggs. If you were watching Gameday on ESPN this morning, you saw the moving segment on Mark Richt and his wife who adopted two children from the Ukraine. Mark Richt is one of the reasons that Georgia Bulldog football is a top ten program once again. This book by Rob Suggs captures the unique revival that Richt brought to the ‘Dawg program. Here is my review.
5. Walk-On: A Memoir by Thom Gossom, Jr. This book is a memoir by the first African American athlete to graduate from Auburn University. Gossom went on to excel in many aspects including a film and TV career. Gossom does a terrific job of describing the hardship he endured as one of the few African American students at the rural southern school. Gossom holds memories of pain and joy from his days at Auburn. Here is my review of the book.
Currently I am reading Rosebowl Dreams by fellow blogger Adams Jones (no relation), and I will be reading The Galloping Ghost: Red Grange, an American Football Legend by Gary A. Poole shortly. I will do reviews of these books in the next couple of months. At that point, I am thinking of reading something Christmas through the holidays. What do you think?
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