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Nobody watches a football game more intently than an official, and in It's Not All Black and White: From Junior High to the Sugar Bowl, Stephen J. Black gives voice to longtime referee Mike Liner's unique perspective on the game. Black's resonating natural baritone captures the gritty authority of Liner's position on the field, while sensitively portraying his love of football and struggle to maintain his religious faith while committing himself fully to the game. Touching and inspiring, It's Not All Black and White reveals a complex portrait of an official whose love for family, God, and football run deep.
From junior high football games to the Sugar Bowl with a national championship up for grabs, Mike Liner has seen it all in football. President and CEO of a bank by day, Liner has been a Texas football official on Fridays and Saturdays for the past 35 years. It’s Not All Black and White offers a view of college football seen through a different set of eyes, the eyes of an official. Liner takes listeners through the story of his ascension up the officiating hierarchy and describes the bumps in the road he encountered along the way. In doing so, he puts a human face on an aspect of football that all too often is dehumanized - the officiating of the game.
With a foreword by SEC Coordinator of Football Officials Rogers Reding and an afterword by Tim Millis, Executive Director, NFL Referees Association, It’s Not All Black and White lifts the curtain on big-time college football, revealing what Liner saw as he observed it and why the game means so much to him. Liner also recounts important lessons he learned through football about life as a business leader, as a family man and as someone whose faith has grown through the years.