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Ten Men You Meet in the Huddle: Lessons From a Football Life Hardcover – August 12, 2008


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Ten Men You Meet in the Huddle is equal parts autobiography, character study, leadership manual, and profound philosophy. Bill Curry has a wonderful gift for portraiture…Ten Men is by far the best book about the NFL I’ve ever read.”—Pat Conroy, author of The Prince of Tides

What a wonderful gift Bill Curry has delivered to football fans…I did not want this book to end.”—Jeffrey Marx, author of Season of Life



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About the Author

A college football analyst for ESPN from 1997-2008, Bill Curry is the new head football coach at Georgia State University. Previously, he coached at Georgia Tech, Alabama, and Kentucky after completing a 10-year NFL playing career with the Packers, Colts, Oilers, and Rams. He lives in Atlanta with Carolyn Newton Curry, his wife of 45 years.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: ESPN; First Edition edition (August 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933060603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933060606
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,167,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This autobiography of "OLD-SCHOOL" college and NFL player and Coach Bill Curry, is a must read for every "OLD-SCHOOL" fan of football. It also provides an important link to the past for younger fans, who only know the name Vince Lombardi, because his name is emblazoned on the Super Bowl trophy. Bill's credentials include ten years in the NFL playing for multiple teams, the most impressive of them, being two world championship teams that were part of, perhaps the greatest dynasty in the history of the NFL - "LOMBARDI'S PACKER'S", and part of a third world championship team, as a member of the Baltimore Colts. He has also held multiple coaching jobs, including the head coaching position at Georgia Tech, Alabama, Kentucky, and currently is employed as the head coach of Georgia State University.

What the author has done quite uniquely... and creatively... is "wrap" his life story around the "mileposts" of ten men who had a tremendous influence on his life. Eight of these men are infamous in the mythology of college and professional football: Bobby Dodd (one of only three men to be elected to the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame as a player AND a coach), Vince Lombardi (perhaps the greatest coach in the history of professional football), Bart Starr (Hall of Fame quarterback), Willie Davis (Hall of Fame defensive end), Ray Nitschke (Hall of Fame linebacker... and perhaps one of the most intimidating and feared players in NFL history), Don Shula (winningest coach in NFL history and of course in the Hall of Fame), Johnny Unitas (Hall of Fame quarterback), Bubba Smith (former massive NFL defensive end)... and two others... not in the aforementioned, rarefied air of athletic pantheon... but still an important part of the author's life and success.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul S. Davison on November 19, 2008
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In reading Bill Curry's book, you not only have the chance to get a glimpse at the football legends he played for and with, you learn a lot about the men they were behind their public personas. Whether he intended it or not, you also learn about Bill Curry. He and they were not gods, but men, and he doesn't make them or himself perfect in the book.

For me, the most moving point in the book is when he learns he has put off setting things straight with his former teammate, Ray Nitschke, too long, when he reads of Nitschke's death. His simple statement, "I am so sorry," says more than paragraphs could.

This book is a great read for any football fan and anyone who wants to learn about leadership and character, both from the men he writes about and from Bill Curry himself.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Kearney on October 5, 2008
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Hard to put down, and not just because it's well written. If you're old enough to remember the players and coaches in this book, you probably need the wonderfully readable typeface and font seen here. Would that more publishers were as sensitive to boomer eyestrain. Thank you, ESPN Books!

Along with Mark Bowden's "The Best Game Ever", Bill Curry's "Ten Men..." reminds us of an era when football players came from everyday life. Both offer terrific snapshots of Vince Lombardi and John Unitas, and of an era fondly remembered.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill Kahnweiler on October 5, 2009
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Being an avid football fan for 5 decades, I was naturally drawn to this book. However, this is not a book about football; it is about life, relationships, learning, integrity, humility, leadership, and followership, and thus appeals to a very wide audience. Curry writes in an easily digestible conversational tone, but his lessons are anything but superficial or simplistic. I have had the honor of crossing paths with Bill Curry, and his book is exactly like him--the real deal, no spin, no fluff, and a walker of his own talk. I learned much from reading this book--about the people who don pads and helmets on Saturdays and Sundays, those who coach them, and me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Reynolds on January 6, 2009
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Wonderful personal stories and anecdotes involving some of America's greatest football heroes. Even if you're not into football (like me) this book is entertaining and a fast read. It's just as if you're sitting and talking to the author. Not only is the reader entertained, but one gets the true sense of the quiet strength that encompasses the life of Bill Curry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TSC on March 17, 2009
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As a kid growing up in WI in the 50's and 60's all members of the Green Bay Packers were our heroes. This book is a great read and gives wonderful insight into the personalities of Lombardi, Starr and numerous other Packer greats. In depth look at the players on and off the field.
Highly recommended.
Tom Curry
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By Cloie on June 4, 2011
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First off, this is a great book about football and the men who played it. You will learn a lot about what it was like to play with ten future Hall of Famers on Lombardi's Packer teams, and that Baltimore's Don Shula was just as competitive and just as driven as Lombardi and received similar results with a completely different leadership style. But what most struck me about this book was Curry's introspection and his desire to do the right thing.

Something that sets Curry apart from many of us on this planet, is his ability to forgive. Despite his competitive nature, and he is definitely one competitive fellow (I saw a TV interview with him where he talked about playing opposite Dick Butkus, and as his eyes starting bugging out and his voice turned into a growl, you could sense that he was reliving the moment and at any second he was going to pick up the chair he was sitting in and throw it through a window), he has the emotional and intellectual capacity to forgive those who have made his path in life, and pro football a difficult one to navigate. An example: In his two years with the Packers, Ray Nitchke went out of his way to make Curry's life miserable - never once treating him like a teammate - cursing him and belittling him at every opportunity. But, years later when he learned that some things he said about her husband Ray had hurt Mary Nitchke's feelings, he apologized for his statement. Similarly, after leaving the Packers, Curry made unflattering comments about Lombardi, saying he treated his players like dirt and coached by bullying his players.
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