Thursday, August 16, 2012

the last book I ever read (Instant Replay, excerpt four)

from Instant Replay: The Green Bay Diary of Jerry Kramer by Jerry Kramer and Dick Schaap:

Dick Arndt, the big boy from Idaho, survived the cut without much difficulty. He's a nice kid, with a real good attitude, a real willingness to work, and I'm pretty sure that if he doesn't make our club, he'll play somewhere in the league. The coaches tried him our first at offensive guard, then at offensive tackle, and now they're going to give him a shot at defensive tackle. I'll try to help him, try to give him a few pointers, because I've played against defensive tackles for ten years and I know how they can give a guard the most trouble. But the situation's touchy. First, when Dick was playing offense, he was competing against, besides me, Fuzzy Thurston and Forrest Gregg and Bob Skoronski, and these guys have been my friends for ten years. How am I going to coach this kid to take their jobs? I like the kid and he's close to me and I'm going to try to help him, and yet if I help him too much, these guys are going to start looking at me out of the corners of their eyes. Now, with Dick playing defensive tackle, Henry Jordan's my neighbor and he's been there ten years. I don't think there's any danger of Henry getting cut, now that he's made up his mind to play, but there could be if this kid came on strong, looked great. Then Henry'd never forgive me. The whole relationship between veteran and rookie is strange. You can help to a certain extent, but you can't go overboard.

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