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Adult/High School-To fans, football is a great way to pass a crisp, autumn afternoon. But for Jennifer Allen, it was the culture around which her life revolved. Her father, Coach George Allen, focused like a laser beam on the game. He never learned to spell his daughter's name correctly. He was never home for dinners or birthdays or Christmas. Jennifer recounts her life in short chapters as her father made the L.A. Rams a winning team and brought a championship to the Washington Redskins. The entire family kowtowed to his every wish and whim. Her brothers kept statistics on the sidelines; Jennifer's job was to turn the channels on the television so that her father could see all the sportscasts on the news. Her mother reveled in her public role as Mrs. George Allen, but mother and daughter relished the freedom they had when her father and brothers left for training camp. Jennifer's French mother, a chain-smoker who could swear a blue streak and find irony in every situation, provided the comic relief to her husband's intensity. In a loving look at life with a dominating, driven coach, Allen provides an inside look at football, life in the sports limelight, and the `70s as she grows from a child to a rebellious young woman struggling to find her place in the world.-Jane S. Drabkin, Potomac Community Library, Woodbridge, VA
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Ever since I saw her interviewed by the late, great Steve Sabol on an NFL Films homage to her father, late legendary Hall-of-Fame football coach George Allen, I have always been... Read morePublished on May 25, 2013 by T.V. Terry
Jennifer Allen combines pathos and humor in her candid account of growing up in the public eye as the daughter of a man totally consumed by his profession. Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by W & M Tide
It was a great book if your a Redskins fan from back in the day! We were great fans of the Redskins and George Allen so this is an interesting glimpse. Read morePublished on February 2, 2012 by James H.
I was particularly enlightened by her descriptions of her brother's, former Senator George Allen, violent, hostile, even sociopathic personality. Read morePublished on May 26, 2006 by KLARN
As an avid football fan, George Allen is one of the greatest NFL Coaches of all time. Throughout the book, Jennifer Allen describes they storybook life of an NFL coach from a... Read morePublished on February 24, 2004 by Melanie
This entire story could have been written on the cover of a matchbook and saved me the time I wasted reading it. Read morePublished on November 4, 2001