What could be more uplifting than stories of Fathers and sons… playing catch… whether it’s with a football… baseball… or both? The author puts together chapters on Jim Harbaugh… Eli Manning… Jameis Winston… John Elway… Derek Carr… Ryan Fitzpatrick… Phil Simms… Joe Flacco… and Joe Montana… and the introduction also covers both Tom Brady and Brett Favre… in lesser detail to get the “ball” rolling… so to speak.
If you’re a true football fan who does a lot of reading and or watching on the subject… a number of the stories are old news… but the author does his best to inject the athletic American dream as often as he can. The subject quarterbacks… interestingly enough… cover every type of individual… as wide ranging as a Harvard graduate who almost aced his SAT score… to a quarterback who grew up in Kentucky with an alcoholic Father and was one of eight children living in a two bedroom house… the former is Ryan Fitzpatrick… and the latter is Phil Simms. To me the Simms story is by far the most interesting and endearing in the book. The author shows how different each Father’s involvement in the development of their son’s athletic achievements were. Some were hands off… some were extremely involved… and one famous quarterback (I will leave him unnamed here) was a living-breathing-excuse-making machine for his son(s) lack of success. The family actually moved to a different part of the state when one son’s high school dreams didn’t play out… so he could go to another high school… multiple college-junior college-college… changes… with the famous Father stating excuses and complaints about coaches, etc. every step of the way. A literal polar opposite of the other stories included.
On the brighter side… it was very uplifting… to read about other Fathers who put education… and succeeding in the game of life… above the gridiron… but were still always there every step of the way for their son.
It’s surprising that this book wasn’t released earlier in the year to coincide with Father’s Day… as it would be a perfect gift for that hallowed occasion.