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Fifth Quarter: The Scrimmage of a Football Coach's Daughter Paperback – September 19, 2000
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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal
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.
Top Customer Reviews
This book covers the life of Miss Allen's growing up as the youngest child--and only daughter--in a family with three older brothers. The years examined are those of the end of the 1968 season, where her father, Coach Allen, was fired by the then-Los Angeles Rams, only to be re-hired in lieu of a player revolt, to his being named head coach and general manager of the Washington Redskins in 1971, on the heels of Vince Lombardi's death one year prior, all the way to Coach Allen's ill-fated and quite brief return to the Rams in 1978. Through it all, Miss Allen describes her frustrations about wanting and longing to be more a part of the football action to the extent her brothers were throughout their father's coaching career, particularly during the first Rams tenure and the early Redskins years. The book also offers interesting insight to the relationship Jennifer (and the rest of the family) has with her mother, and Coach Allen's widow, Etty.
Overall, I found this to be a rather interesting and compelling read. There are times that the action stalls somewhat in certain areas, but things then always shortly pick up thereafter. There are even portions inside of the book, as described in the NFL Films feature, which are concurred in these pages. Interestingly, Miss Allen, as an author and NFL Network correspondent, and her brothers have each gone on to prolific careers in their respective lives and fields of endeavor.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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
Sadly, I confess I didn't even know she existed until I saw her introduction for Deacon Jones on the NFL'S 100 greatest players. Read morePublished on May 5, 2012 by A. K. Berg
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
As a lifelong football fan I was hoping that "Fifth Quarter" would include more about football than Allen puts into her memoir. However, the book is well-written and engaging. Read morePublished on January 7, 2004
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