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Going Deep: How Wide Receivers Became the Most Compelling Figures in Pro Sports Hardcover – July 30, 2013
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Obviously it's Cris Carter's inside and Jeffri Chadiha actually writing this book, but the combo is very good.
The book takes you through the career of CC and also explores the evolution of the WR position.
Bottom line: If your a fan of the NFL, this is well worth reading.
8/13: Having seen many great wide receivers since mid 80's, I have witnessed the evolution of the wide receiver position. Jerry Rice is the man credited with the biggest influence over it. When he played, he was breathtaking. There was nobody like him. When the 90's came, I saw an increased growth of marquee wide receivers, aiding many teams in their runs to Super Bowl. Michael Irvin of that decade is probably the brashest that played the position. Soon thereafter will follow the most controversial group of wide receivers ever assembled. Cris Carter does an excellent job in his book summarizing what had occurred per decade to the wide receiver position and how each corps helped or damaged its reputation. And he makes an salient point that the current corps of wide receivers have done a great job by bringing maturity and calmness to restore the tarnished reputation left by the previous corps. However, Cris Carter, as biased as he is because he works for the network, should have put the blame on ESPN for aiding these controversial wide receivers, most notably Terrell Owens, and leading them to disrepute the position and the NFL overall. Once upon a time, as hard as it is to believe, ESPN ran a unheard-of marathon the day that Terrell Owens "attempted suicide."
As interesting as it was for me to read the history of the wide receiver position, I couldn't help but be really surprised at the omission of Bob Hayes, the all-world sprinter for the Dallas Cowboys. Really, he single-handedly changed the game by bringing speed to it and forcing offense and defense coordinators alike to rethink their game plans. Somewhere in the book, Cris Carter could tell the difference between the good ones and the great ones but couldn't between the elite and the transcendent.Read more ›
By looking at the players who made their market as human headlines (sometimes for the wrong reasons), Cris Carter has created a book that is at times quite interesting and at other times sometimes a bit cliched.
I think one of the issues facing Carter was that he was running out of material as the book progressed. There are oinly so many superlatives that can be laid upon the likes of Jerry Rice and by the end of the book, pretty much all of them had been used (admittedly Rice was special).
The tales of great players who fall by the wayside due to their off-field behaviour is quite shocking in its regularity.
All in all, a book that is ok, has its moments but in the end is a little repetitious.
3 of 5 stars (good)
The position of quarterback has long been considered the most glamorous in professional football, but in his new book, Cris Carter makes the case that the position of wide receiver is now the most compelling position. He uses anecdotes from his 16-year career to illustrated how the position evolved from players who simply caught passes to becoming key parts to a well-tuned offense and the players who make the biggest plays that are exciting for not only the scoring on the field, but also for television.
Carter doesn't just limit the book to his own career. This is not a memoir of his life and career. Instead, he also shares how he mentored two receivers who became superstars at the position, Randy Moss and Larry Fitzgerald. It is worth noting that both have Minnesota connections as Carter, a long time Minnesota Viking, guided Moss when they were teammates and Fitzgerald, a Minnesota native, was participating in camps and practices with the team. These two individuals are noted to be very different in their mannerisms, yet both illustrate that wide receivers are now the focus of attention for teams who need to improve, for television highlights, and even for their places in history.
Wide receivers such as Terrell Owens, Michael Irvin and Chad Johnson all are given prominent spots in the book as they are the best examples of talented receivers who not only were All-Pro quality, they were also individuals who craved the spotlight and each of them received a great deal of it. They each had both positive and negative experiences with that recognition. Carter uses that craving to make his case of how the wide receiver is now the most compelling player on any pro football team, regardless of who is the quarterback.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a big Cris Carter fan so I am a little biased but I think as a football fan it was also a great bookPublished 12 months ago by brian manick
I would recommend to any athlete or a young person going through something .Came on timePublished 15 months ago by E
I am a Viking fan so I may be biased but I really enjoyed the book. He gives great background on the relationship he had with Randy Moss and the evolution of the NFL receiving... Read morePublished on February 6, 2014 by Traveling Man
I am a huge Chris Carter fan and was hoping would be more than this. It was a bit of a letdown all fluff not a lot of contentPublished on January 10, 2014 by Rob Nelson
Going Deep by Cris Carter with Jeffri Chadiha is a conventional player memoir with some additional analysis of the recent evolution of the receiver position. Read morePublished on December 31, 2013 by Liebo
Cris Carter was, by any measure, one of the greatest wide receivers to ever play the game of football. Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by Zachary Koenig
I enjoyed the book from beginning to end. I have no way of knowing if some of the players under the bus deserved it or not, but it seemed entirely honest to me.Published on November 19, 2013 by Denny Poer