Everybody's All-american

Everybody s All american Gavin Grey is everyone s All American A star running back at the University of North Carolina in the late s he graces the covers of Time and LIFE magazines and appears on the Ed Sullivan Show Eve

  • Title: Everybody's All-american
  • Author: Frank Deford
  • ISBN: 9780306813757
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Paperback
  • Gavin Grey is everyone s All American A star running back at the University of North Carolina in the late 1950s, he graces the covers of Time and LIFE magazines and appears on the Ed Sullivan Show Everyone wants a piece of him or to be around him to bask in his glory, including his nephew Donny, who narrates the story and is Gavin s only real confidant.After college, GGavin Grey is everyone s All American A star running back at the University of North Carolina in the late 1950s, he graces the covers of Time and LIFE magazines and appears on the Ed Sullivan Show Everyone wants a piece of him or to be around him to bask in his glory, including his nephew Donny, who narrates the story and is Gavin s only real confidant.After college, Gavin goes on to the NFL where he has a solid career As his playing days wind down and the cheering stops, however, he finds the adjustment to life as an ex athlete difficult to accept His wife Babs goes off to work, becomes the primary breadwinner for the family while Gavin continues to trade on his memories of old times, when he was everybody s All American.

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    • Anup Sinha says:

      As great a sports fiction piece as I've ever read and I would put the same acclaim upon the movie.The overriding theme is the fleeting glory of youth but with a tale that piques the curiosity of any American sports fan. Gavin Grey is Everybody's All-American who has the world on a string by age 21, living a fairy-tale life. Having so much success so early makes the adult years that much more difficult and this story spans his pro football career and life after football until his late 40's.The na [...]

    • Michele says:

      I would rate this 3.5 stars if half-stars were an option. This is very much a sports book -- being about a football star -- but I think it would appeal to both sports fans and non-sports fans alike because it's a surprisingly acute observation of sports through the larger lens of American culture. Whether you think sports celebrities are heroes or goats, the novel offers insights into our American obsession with football and football players. Frank Deford writes with an amazing ease and grace. H [...]

    • Margaret says:

      Yes, a sports story. Snore? No! Rah, Rah Carolina! It's a story about a sports star and the situations he and his family get in, during and post fame. I guess if I'm going to get involved in a soap opera, it may as well be in a book and may as well be written by Frank Deford.This is the second Frank Deford book I've read and I'm definitely not stopping now.I read about baseball first, this book was about football, next is the golf book which he only authored the foreword, and then it's on to the [...]

    • Brigid says:

      I am glad I read this book. It was a book club pick and I never would have read it on my own. It is an interesting look at the fall of an All-American sports star. The most fascinating person in the book, though, is his wife who also experiences rising and falling of her own. I don't need to read this book again, but i did enjoy it, aside from the one death sequence which I still believe was unnecessary. I would recommend people to read this book- it's different, not my usual cup of tea, but I d [...]

    • Andrew says:

      "All this institutionalized nostalgia heightened my sense of the past, but the autumn is always the time for remembering. Christmases make us remember, but they only make us remember past Christmases. But the fall, those first few weeks of school, when the smells of summer fade, is when the world begins to resettle and renew itself every year. It is the actual beginning of an annual life that we have nominally assigned to January 1 and which nature gives to the spring."

    • Heather says:

      Since I've longtime fan of Frank DeFord's intelligent sports commentary on NPR, my husband bought me this novel for Christmas. Great gift! It was about football and not about football at the same time. Sometimes the point of view shifts in a distracting way (how would the narrator know some of the things he's talking about?)but overall well done. Good characters and excellent use of dialogue and setting. My only major quibble is the ending was rushed.

    • Corey Colyer says:

      I did not enjoy this book as much as I've enjoyed other Deford novels. The story is compelling and the writing as good as ever. But, I thought the plot dragged at points, and I wasn't really satisfied with how it ended. I do think it's worth reading and am glad I read it, but it was not as good as I hoped.

    • Ray Charbonneau says:

      Excellent book that's manages to be about sports and life without being about games. The plot's hokey at times. While that may be an artistic choice to allow the reader to compare and contrast with more typical sports books, I doubt it. But that's just a quibble.

    • Mike says:

      A pretty good book on a potentially brilliant subject matter that screws itself up by delving into soap opera rather than just dealing in the story at hand. Or, maybe I'm being naive, maybe these stories have to be overly-dramatic or they wouldn't be these stories.

    • BMR, MSW, LSW says:

      Just

    • Jim Johnson says:

      This was an interesting story, but I was taken aback by how raw and crude parts of it were, especially from a sports writer who trends toward more ivy-league type prose.

    • Chris says:

      Best fictional sports novel of all time.

    • Mike Bender says:

      A book I wanted to read for a long time, and it did not disappoint.

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