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Third and a Mile: The Trials and Triumphs of the Black Quarterback: An Oral History

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Long after Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier and after Texas Western beat Kentucky to shake up the basketball world. America's African-American quarterbacks found themselves trapped on football's sidelines, unable to play the game they loved unless they moved to wide receiver—or Canada. A collection of voices young and old, William C. Rhoden's Third and a Mile ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 30th 2007 by ESPN Books
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Rodrigo Quintanar
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a very good oral history of the evolution of African American Quarterbacks in the NFL. I would define it as an extremely important piece of literature if you want to understand League´s history.

Favorite part: Warren Moon responding to teams when they asked him to change positions: "Never. No one´s ever going to get me to forsake my dream. I was born to be a quarterback."

May 21, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people interested in race, culture, sports, history and politics
Third and a Mile was a very different book. First of all, the subtitle to this book is "An Oral History" which can seem kind of strange given that this is in a print medium. However, once you start the book the subtitle makes perfect sense. William Rhoden, the author, spent hours upon hours interviewing athletes, coaches, team owners, league officials, and other relevant historical figures as he traces the struggles of a multitude of African-americans who faced and (and is some cases were overco ...more
Dan Solomon
Jul 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Tons of smart, useful information and perspective here. Also, this is a sad book, because it purports Vince Young to be the answer to all of the problems and stereotypes that have plagued black quarterbacks for generations, and when you read it with the perspective on what happened to him and how his career ended, it is a strong reminder that the world is pretty unfair to even the most gifted of black men for no good reason at all.
Nov 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: everything-else
I wasn't able to get through the second chapter of this book. The book is so riddled with reverse rascism it is difficult to even comprehend the content. Unfortunate because I think the story really was worth telling, I just wish it was told from a facts prespective as oppossed the bs way in which Rhoden is attempting to.
Dec 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sports
This was really disappointing. Rhoden took a fascinating topic and a wealth of sources ad took the lazy way out. Instead of taking the information and weaving a narrative, each chapter opens with one or two paragraphs of explanation then has 30-40 quotes from various poeple, in no particular order. This is a story that really needs to be told, but it really could have been so much better done.
Jan 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
That how it was back then and how people coach. The coaching was different. This book is all about coaching and how they do it well in the book its not toally different but its different from how it is today
Michael Wilson
Dec 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is a great little oral history about the trials of being a black quarterback in the NFL. Very interesting in that I've lived during this period and heard every excuse in the book why black quarterbacks could not win. Interesting read
Aug 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Amazing stories, amazingly sad, but I highly recommend it.
Alex Raines
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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