From Publishers Weekly
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From the Inside Flap
Former college football player Ted Kluck had a dream: to return to the playing field and try to stir the dying embers of his athletic prowess. So he got an idea to try to sign on with a professional team, the Battle Creek Crunch of the Great Lakes Indoor Football League.
Kluck, who writes regularly for ESPN.com, has a wry eye for detail, and in Paper Tiger his colorful observations of the characters who populate the lower rungs of professional football are drenched in sweat. Here are the eccentrics, the cynics, the football addicts who don't know when to stop. Twelve-hour bus rides, alcohol-fueled antics, substandard practice facilities, and meager paydays are only the tip of the iceberg. For the first time, Kluck shares his account of this grueling lifestyle in a way that will resound with sports fans and readers everywhere.
Part Paper Lion and part Bull Durham, the book will tell the stories of the dreamers and the world-class athletes with promise who never quite made the next step. With Kluck’s humorous and poignant prose, Paper Tiger is destined to become a sports classic.