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Stephen Karlson

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He spent much of his junior and senior year as a reserve for a tradition-rich college program going through a rough spell. He obtained a tryout for a professional team and spent the first few years of his career as a reserve for a tradition-rich program going through a rough spell.  His name, though, continues to surprise number-crunchers who would like to quantify the value of professional quarterbacks.  Search the records, though, and only one has earned the jewelry noted in the post title.  On to Book Review No. 36.  Keith Dunnavant is a long-time sports journalist, and his America's Quarterback: Bart Starr and the Rise of the National Football League leaves the unanswered social science questions, and there are many, to others.  But as such works go, it is not unabashedly hagiographic (an ill the genre is oft subject to) and it weaves a number of strands, including the adversity in the Starr family's life (a favored younger brother develops a tetanus infection, a promising son runs with the wrong crowd), the emergence of broadcast television and NFL Films concurrent with the Packers' title runs, and the changes in the national mood that coincided with those runs.  There are too many typographical errors to suit me, and the definitive social science investigation of the causal or collinear relationships between civil rights, the counter-culture, and the flamboyant athlete remain for some other researcher.  (A more famous Alabama alumnus would not have been as celebrated in the third Super Bowl absent a strong infusion of "do your own thing, man" into the supposedly stodgy culture of professional football.)  The book will reward careful study for the sports fan. Do your own comparison and contrast of Bart Starr and Brett Favre.  The latter has the stronger throwing arm; the former is more careful.  And reflect on Bart Starr's repeated shoulder injuries.  The book traces those events to a tackle by Atlanta's Tommy Nobis during Vince Lombardi's final season.

(Cross-posted to Cold Spring Shops.)
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