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Black and Honolulu blue : in the trenches of the NFL
Dorney, Keith.
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Publication Information:
Chicago, Ill. : Triumph Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
xvi, 207 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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GV939.D664 A3 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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An unfiltered view of life as a big-time college and NFL player, this autobiography follows Keith Dorney, an All-American at Penn State and an All-Pro with the Detroit Lions and his views of football at the highest levels. Written without the aid of a ghostwriter, Black and Honolulu Blue articulately and candidly explores life in the trenches of college and professional football. Like Jerry Kramer and Tim Green before him--but from the unique perspective of football's most grueling position--Dorney has produced a groundbreaking work that will change the way you think about life in the NFL.

Author Notes

Keith Dorney is a Pennsylvania native who played for the Penn State Nittany Lions and professional football for the Detroit Lions. He is currently a high school English teacher in Santa Rosa, California. He lives near Sebastopol, California. Joe Montana is a Hall of Fame quarterback.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Dorney was a solid, dependable offensive lineman first for Penn State and then for the Detroit Lions, outfitted in "Honolulu blue," in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and this book is a solid look at his daily life as a professional football player, which will be enjoyable for the average fan. This is not by any means an expos?; Dorney admits that what inspired him to write were his positive memories about "striving to play the best game possible with the same fierce intensity each and every week." Along the way, he details the brutality of the typical NFL summer camp; the gruesome nature of the dozen or so orthopedic operations he endured during his career; and the pleasure of searching for the "perfect hit" with which to clobber his opponents. He also provides looks at some of the characters he's crossed paths with over the years, most notably legendary Penn State coach Joe Paterno. Two sections separate this title from a typically good but run-of-the-mill sports book and show Dorney's ability to move beyond cliches when he wants to. The first is a look at one of his typical football games written from the point-of-view of his wife in the stands. The second is an unabashedly sentimental account of a postretirement visit to the Lions locker room, which shows how much the game has changed even in the past 10 years. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved