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Sidelines and deep into the secret world that is the NFL Breathtaking work Jeff Pearlman New York Times bestselling author of Boys Will Be Boys and The Bad Guys WonNo one understands wide receivers better than Cris Carter and I loved his book If you want to understand how we think and hear inside stories about the most over the top athletes in sports read Going Deep Jerry Rice Hall of Fame wide receiverI am so glad someone got Cris Carter to sit down and describe what makes receivers tick It's deeper than you think You'll get to the last page of this book and say 'I really learned a lot here and the pages flew by' Peter King senior writer Sports Illustrated; author of Monday Morning uarterback; and two time National Sportswriter of the Year. This book takes you on a fun little jaunt through NFL history through the eyes of wide receivers It's the football fans euivalent of chick lit

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Going DeepHow Wideouts Became the NFL's StandoutsFrom the time Cris Carter started his career as a supplemental draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1987 to his retirement in 2002 the position of wide receiver exploded in the NFL Receivers went from being uiet and classy to being known for their electric play off the field antics and in some cases over the top personalities In Going Deep Carter and ESPN journalist Jeffri Chadiha chronicle the rise of the wide receiver and explain how it became the most complex compelling and talked about position in all of professional sports Using stories from his own career to offer unprecedented insight into the position Carter explains the players' uniue personalities how their minds work and why teams need to. Rating3 of 5 stars goodReviewThe position of uarterback has long been considered the most glamorous in professional football but in his new book Cris Carter makes the case that the position of wide receiver is now the most compelling position He uses anecdotes from his 16 year career to illustrated how the position evolved from players who simply caught passes to becoming key parts to a well tuned offense and the players who make the biggest plays that are exciting for not only the scoring on the field but also for television Carter doesn’t just limit the book to his own career This is not a memoir of his life and career Instead he also shares how he mentored two receivers who became superstars at the position Randy Moss and Larry Fitzgerald It is worth noting that both have Minnesota connections as Carter a long time Minnesota Viking guided Moss when they were teammates and Fitzgerald a Minnesota native was participating in camps and practices with the team These two individuals are noted to be very different in their mannerisms yet both illustrate that wide receivers are now the focus of attention for teams who need to improve for television highlights and even for their places in history Wide receivers such as Terrell Owens Michael Irvin and Chad Johnson all are given prominent spots in the book as they are the best examples of talented receivers who not only were All Pro uality they were also individuals who craved the spotlight and each of them received a great deal of it They each had both positive and negative experiences with that recognition Carter uses that craving to make his case of how the wide receiver is now the most compelling player on any pro football team regardless of who is the uarterback When he would either discuss other receivers or explain his position on certain topics such as how he felt about showboating by receivers rule changes or other hot button topics there was a surprising lack of depth While Carter would speak his mind just like he does on his ESPN telecasts he offered surprisingly little depth to his position This is not to say he didn’t have evidence to back up his opinion – it is just that this evidence did not have a lot of detail that would have helped support his stance Overall this is a good book for any NFL fan who enjoys reading about spectacular plays interesting characters and personal stories While the book has all of these there isn’t a lot of research or detailed writing about these receivers The stories are based mostly on personal interactions and old press reports That makes for good light reading but not the best way to try to convince the reader that wide receivers are now the most important players in the game today Did I skimNoPace of the book Very good It was a fast read and will be for readers who are knowledgeable about professional footballPositivesMost books written by professional athletes that focus on the sport they played their memoirs or something similar offer a uniue perspective that a writer who was not a player cannot recapture This book has that uality as Carter provided a perspective on the position and a few of the players there especially Randy Moss and Larry Fitzgerald NegativesThe biggest negative that I have with this book is that it doesn’t go into greater details on certain topics This is especially true on Carter’s reflections on his own life What lead to his cocaine addiction How was he really treated in Philadelphia While he was Randy Moss’ mentor in Minnesota what was their relationship truly like Do I recommendYes for anyone who enjoys NFL football What it lacks in details it makes up for in entertainment and like any book that tries to make a bold statement it will be an interesting conversation piece among armchair uarterbacks

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DOWNLOAD Going Deep 109 ì How Wideouts Became the NFL's StandoutsFrom the time Cris Carter started his career as a supplemental draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1987 to his retirement in 2002 the position of wide receiver exploded in the NFL Receivers went from being uiet and classy to being known for their electric play off the field antics and in some casesUnderstand exactly what they're dealing with when it comes to their wideouts the NFL's newest superstarsTold through Carter's opinionated voice Going Deep covers all the important moments and people from Michael Irvin Jerry Rice and Keyshawn Johnson to Randy Moss Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson who have contributed to this revolution He also tells stories readers have never heard about their favorite players shares theories about the position that only get discussed in front offices and locker rooms and offers revealing explanations on what these players mean to the league today as well as why the NFL can't go forward without themOne of the most riveting insightful football books I've ever read This book takes you inside the huddle along the. Going Deep by Cris Carter with Jeffri Chadiha is a conventional player memoir with some additional analysis of the recent evolution of the receiver position While the second half of that premise may sound appealing Carter's NFL reflections fall firmly into the realm of David Foster Wallace's mass market sports star 'with' somebody autobiography and the sections on the position in general contain little original insight There were a few interesting sections and the book was a uick and rather painless read but there is little for me to recommend for the general football fan because Carter is treading on very familiar territoryDespite being subtitled How Wide Receivers Became the Most Compelling Figures in Pro Sports the book is primarily focused on Carter's playing days He begins by noting the increasing prominence of wide receivers beginning with rule changes in the late seventies but then follows the rather generic template of the athletic memoir Carter guides us through his youth career college career at Ohio State and sixteen years in the NFL with the Eagles Vikings and Dolphins Thee are some candid passages on his dealings with agent Norby Walters that caused him to leave Ohio State before his senior year and enter the supplemental draft and dealing with substance abuse but unfortunately even these portions are marred by pedestrian prose and cliched athlete platitudes common to the genreCarter does intersperse his life story with some analysis of the position in generalCarter did witness the transformation of the position first hand over his sixteen seasons in the league as players such as Jerry Rice Terrell Owens and Randy Moss and the development of the West Coast Offense and multiple receiver sets changed how receivers were utilized and perceived on and off the field He looks at several players who changed the position such as Owens Moss and current players such as Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Johnson However he doesn't go far beyond the surface level in explaining how this phenomenon came about His sections on Moss and Fitzgerald are decent because he knew both players personally but in general he just recounts career highlights that will be familiar to the casual football fan Going Deep feels geared towards the average fan and anyone looking into insight into strategic developments on the gridiron should look to books such as Ron Jaworski's Games That Changed the Game and Tim Layden's Blood Sweat and Chalk He does share a few amusing anecdotes about his teammates and a cogent overview on the increased emphasis of television promoting stars Carter himself is an active participant given his current role on NFL Countdown and I wish he devoted ink to bothIn SumGoing Deep offers a few amusing insights but in general is a pretty generic account of a career in the NFL It does contain some additional sections on the position in general but there is nothing new in Carter's explanation of the phenomenon which is a shame given his knowledge and experience as a receiver It wasn't a boring read and I finished it uickly but there is very little original content especially to fans interested in higher level football strategy and thus I can't recommend it very strongly 510