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Football Genius (Football Genius #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  4,883 Ratings  ·  420 Reviews
New York Times bestselling author and former NFL player Tim Green scores a touchdown with this exhilarating and action-packed story about an ordinary boy who becomes a hero you can really root for. Perfect for fans of Mike Lupica.

Twelve-year-old Troy White has a phenomenal gift: He can predict football plays before they even happen. Any position. Any player. Any team.

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published July 3rd 2007 by HarperCollins (first published July 2007)
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Joey R.
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it

In the novel, Football Genius, written by Tim Green, Troy White has a special ability. He has the ability to predict any football play before it happens. Troy lives outside of Atlanta with his single mother. He plays football in his high school with his best friends, Tate and Nathan. Troy is a quarterback who is overshadowed by his coach’s son, who isn’t nearly as good as Troy, but still starts over him. When his mom gets a job with Troy’s favorite NFL team, the Atlanta Falcons, he thinks he can
Justin Jakstys
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books and I think that the author, a former professional football player, did a good job on his first book. I liked how Troy's, the main character, life was put before his football life. I also liked how how real former NFL players were tied into the book.
Mar 09, 2009 added it
Football Genius
I read the novel Football Genius by Tim Green. The story takes place around Troy White’s house and the Atlanta Falcon’s football stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. The main character in the book is Troy. Troy is an ordinary 12 year old boy except when it comes to his special talent. He can predict plays before they happen on the football field. Even with this talent he still sits the bench for his pee wee team the Duluth Tigers. He is the backup quarterback right behind the coach’s son,
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm not judging this book because I don't like football, but because it just wasn't that... interesting.
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, because I play football every day at recess (I'm in second grade). I do this thing at school called Lit Circles, and I chose this book and read it with a few classmates. I found the book very good, because I like football. The premise the book is that a middle-schooler named Troy can figure out the plays before they happen. The Atlanta Falcons get ahold of him first because his mom has a job with the team. One of the players of the team, named Seth--a very famous football play ...more
Mark Hauberg
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book because it is a sports book and it really interests me. Especially because there is a kid in it named Troy that is my age and he is a "football genius." He becomes the coach of an NFL team called the Atlanta Falcons. He isnt the head coach, but he tells the head coach what to do and he listens to the kid. The team improves with Troy being a part of the team, but the fans would rather have a legit coach than some teenage kid so they are dissapointed in the team as a who ...more
Braydon Claussen
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book because i love football. the best part is when he looks at all of the plaers on the field then see a man bigger then every one else.
Michael Beausoleil
Sep 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Football genius was a sports book about a boy named Troy White that can predict any football play before it happens. When his mom gets a job with an NFL team, he knows it's his only chance to help his family out. I thought this was an interesting and cool book because I like the game of football and I think what Troy white can do is impressive. I didn't like how the book was kinda plain and simple. I did like the story line though it was an interesting topic. The strengths of this book were it h ...more
Alex Klosterman
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I gave this book a five out of five star rating, because Football Genius by Tim Green was one of the best books that I have ever read. I just wanted to keep reading this book, and never stop. So that I could find out what would happen in the end.

I would recommend this book, because Football Genius was just so good. Also, anybody that likes to read sports books this is the one for you. The age level of this book would be anybody that is in middle school, but you can be younger or older Football
Jonas Harper
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Jonas Harper
English E Period
March 25, 2014
Outside Reading
- Football Genius by Tim Green
Main Characters
-Troy is a young kid who loves football, but is struggling with not having a father and being bullied by a kid name Jamie.
-Jamie father is the head coach of the football team, and Jamie is the starting QuarterBack instead of Troy, even though his better QuarterBack.
-Seth Halloway is a famous star linebacker

Summary of the Plot
-The story takes place at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Georgia.
-Troy s
Benjamin Conrod
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
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The very idea of a football genius is brilliant. Tim Green describes a very real scenario of three young friends and their battle against society and some of the evil, twisted people/ideas that run it. I completely enjoyed this page-turning book. The descriptions of the football game, plays, players, and teams were very accurate, and I liked how the author didn't seem to make anything up. The main character, Troy, has an ability that seems to be quite possible. As a whole, the book accurately di ...more
Dec 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Football Genius is about a teenager boy named Nate.His mom name is Jenna working at a NFL team. But she was about to get fired, so Nate try to become friends with the head coach so he wouldn't fired his mom. But while he did that he also try to become a coach or asistant coach because he think he's football genius.
This book is good and also interesting because I like football and all it talk about is, how to play football and how you should play. I would recommend this book to anybody that play
Travis H
Mar 01, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is great. It is about a kid that goes to the atlanta falcons when he is 14. He is a genius he was born with some would consider to be unnatural talent. The talent of knowing things before they happen making him the best at the game. I also like the book because there are lots of ups and downs not just the guy is there and boom they are in the super bowl. I really like it when the book has multiple climaxes and that makes the book enjoyable to read.
Jaxon Shelby
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is probably one of my favorite books i have read, its suspenseful and if you like the NFL and football, you'll definitely like this book. troy (Main Character), goes through some tough times but he meets the middle linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons and everything changes. Overall, I though this was a really good book.
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Football Genius, by Tim Green: A Review by Peter Hilton

Title: Football Genius Length: 244 Pages
Author: Tim Green Published: 2007 By: Harpercollins Children
Genre: Fiction Rating: 5/5

Tim Green novel, Football Genius, is a Fiction book that is filled with adventure and great details. Main Character Troy is the kid who likes football and never gets to be quarterback until the quarterback gets hurt. Then he comes into play as the quarterback but he doesn't get very much practice. But throughout the
Jackson Fleming
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Flynn K.
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Football Genius is written by Tim Green and belongs to the Sports Genre
This book is about a boy named Troy who lives right outside the city of Atlanta. Troy has a secret power where he can tell what play a football team is going to run just by looking at the previous play. Troy's mom got a job with the Atlanta Falcons, Troy's favorite NFL team. Troy got invited to go to a game on the Sidelines. He got in trouble there for trying to help the Falcons win by telling the coach what play the other te
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Maybe I am biased because like the author, I am also an attorney, but I loved reading this book with my 8-year old son. Just above his current level of independent reading, my son is thrilled to have worked through a 50-chapter book. He literally begged for me to keep reading at night -- music to a bookworm parent's ears.

A piece of fiction focused on 12-year old Troy, who is gifted with the ability to call football plays faster and more accurate than a computer, this is a great YA novel. Just th
Evan French
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Do you enjoy stories that are nerve- wracking or even more amazing. Then you should read this fantastic book.

This book is called Football Genius by Tim Green a former Atlanta Falcons NFL Linebacker.

The genre is pretty much a sports realistic fiction book. The book is about a twelve year old boy named Troy who lives in Atlanta, Georgia. His mother helps out with the Falcons football team and meets their star linebacker Seth. Troy is a genius who knows what play the other team will run next. This
Dillon C. 5
The book Football Genius by Tim Green is a book about a twelve year old kid named Troy White, he plays for a local football team in the Atlanta area. Him and his friends like to trade football cards, and when his mom finishes school and gets a job working for the Atlanta Falcons he is a all out fan, with all of his cards being Atlanta Falcons. And Troy has a way of knowing what every play is, but in the end it is up to the team to trust him. I really love this book because it shows all the diffe ...more
Ashton M-Roosevelt
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was really into this novel by Tim Green. The name of the book is Football Genius. And think Tim Green did a spectacular job with pulling in the reader. The book is about this kid named Troy and his friends Tate and Nathan who like to play and watch football and he is really good and smart about it.
Troy ( the main character) is both good and smart about football, but his coach doesn’t like him and he doesn’t put him into play. So he begins to focus on watching football. But he doesn’t just wa
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books because it shows that it doesn’t matter what struggles you go through in life you can always come back from no matter what they are. Troy White has a special ability, he is able to predict any play for any position before the ball is hiked. Troy is a kid in high school that plays football and is the quarterback. Even though he is better than the starting quarterback he doesn’t get the starting position. His mom is a single parent that works for the Atlanta Falcon ...more
Riley D
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Football Genius
By Tim Green
Tim Green did a spectacular job by pulling in the reader (like me).I think Tim Green did such a good job by explaining everything that was going on everytime I read the book I got a amazing picture inside my head.The way Tim expresses Troy's feelings is so amazing. Tim Green makes a realistic life of a 12 year old and how his football team is coached by dads and how Troy doesn’t get to play.I got really inspired from this story from how Troy overcomes coach Krock and h
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Football Genius, written by Tim Green, is a book about a man named Troy White, who has the ability to predict any football play before it happens. Troy's mother works for the NFL team, Atlanta Falcons. The setting takes place in Atlanta Georgia. Troy has friends, Tate and Nathan. This book is basically about a 12 year old boy, Troy White, that is trying to convince star linebacker, Seth Halloway, that he's telling the truth and if he does convince him, the Falcons' championship, and Troy's mom's ...more
Dennis Brunelle
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked it because every chapter was a cliffhanger and you didn't know what was going to happen next. I really like sports books but since it was about more than just sports it made me like it even more. At the end of the book there was even a cliffhanger for the next book so it made me want to keep reading those books.
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
The story is about Troy White, a middle school student that has an unusual gift of predecting the future of the game with accuracy. He then tries to convince the star linebacker, Seth Halloway his ability to call football plays before they happen. Troy was also faced with problems along the way.
Josiah Gulbro
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Troy can't just play good football, he knows football. He can predict the plays before they're run. But with all this talent his Coach starts his son Jamie even though they keep losing. But when Troy's mom gets a job with the Falcon's, Troy might the key to turning their losing season around.
Wyatt McMahon
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think the book was great, the reason it gets in to the action pretty fast. Recommend it to anyone that likes sports and underdog books.
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Tim Green, for many years a star defensive end with the Atlanta Falcons, is a man of many talents. He's the author of such gripping books for adults as the New York Times bestselling The Dark Side of the Game and a dozen suspense novels, including Exact Revenge and Kingdom Come. Tim graduated covaledictorian from Syracuse University and was a first-round NFL draft pick. He later earned his law deg ...more
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