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Hard Nut To Crack
on January 8, 2009
Writer had a very tough task, an unauthorized biography of a very guarded man. I admire the effort, results are lacking a bit.
Writer asks if a man who is so abusive to women can be a hero.
Many sections of the book are lacking. Brown was a great running back, greatest runner. But he was a mediocre (at best) pass catcher and a lousy blocker. Author ignores that completely.
Author does speculation of how Brown would perform today and makes points about him being bigger than many of the defensive linemen he played against. But he forgets that if he played on artificial turf, he might have gotten injured more.
Would have loved to hear more of his lacrosse career. Is he still in touch with Roy Simmons, Jr.?
Movie career is quite overrated. However, the author did not even mention "I Am Gonna Git You Sucka", a parody of Blaxploitation movies.
Author should have used a story about Brown and the late Dick Schaap, the sportswriter and broadcaster. Brown was his usual hostile self when being interviewed by Schaap until Dick reminded Brown that he was a lacrosse goalie at Cornell. Schaap had little success against Brown that day and after a lot of laughter, Brown warmed up completely.