Quotes from The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

Michael Lewis ·  304 pages

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“He was ignorant, but a lot of people mistook ignorance for stupidity, and knowingness for intelligence.”
― Michael Lewis, quote from The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game


“Courage is a hard thing to figure. You can have courage based on a dumb idea or mistake, but you're not supposed to question adults, or your coach or your teacher, because they make the rules. Maybe they know best, but maybe they don't. It all depends on who you are, where you come from. Didn't at least one of the six hundred guys think about giving up, and joining with the other side? I mean, valley of death that's pretty salty stuff. That's why courage it's tricky. Should you always do what others tell you to do? Sometimes you might not even know why you're doing something. I mean any fool can have courage. But honor, that's the real reason for you either do something or you don't. It's who you are and maybe who you want to be. If you die trying for something important, then you have both honor and courage, and that's pretty good. I think that's what the writer was saying, that you should hope for courage and try for honor. And maybe even pray that the people telling you what to do have some, too.”
― Michael Lewis, quote from The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game


“Don't worry where I am. I'll tell you when I get there.”
― Michael Lewis, quote from The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game


“I was gonna put him on the bus...I got tired of him talking, it was time for him to go home.”
― Michael Lewis, quote from The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game


“What I learned playing basketball at Ole Miss," he said, "was what not to do: beat up a kid. It's easy to beat up a kid. The hard thing is to build him up.”
― Michael Lewis, quote from The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game



“From the snap of the ball to the snap of the first bone is closer to four seconds than to five.

and Lawrence Taylor (fearless tackle) WE all have fears, we all have fears!!”
― Michael Lewis, quote from The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game


“I lived here my whole life and I've never been to this neighborhood.' And Big Mike finally spoke up. 'Don't worry,' he said. 'I got your back.”
― Michael Lewis, quote from The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game


“Dont worry about where i am , i'll let you know when i get there .”
― Michael Lewis, quote from The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game


“automated voices and the bells from the row of testing machines in the back. The walls were white cinder block, the floors speckled linoleum. At the front desk were four large black ladies. Leigh Anne handed all the documents over to one of them, who took one look at them and said in a slow drawl, “Uh-uh. This school”
― Michael Lewis, quote from The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game


“Don’t worry. You gave him the right answer.” Actually, Michael was after something more important than the fate of his Briarcrest teammate. “I wanted to see what type of person he was,” he said later. “If he’s pulling scholarships that they’d promised kids, would you want to play for that kind of person? Be around that kind of person?” Coach O wasn’t that kind of person, he decided; more interestingly, Coach”
― Michael Lewis, quote from The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game



“He was the person for whom the clock was always running out, the game was always tied, and the ball was always in his hands.”
― Michael Lewis, quote from The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game


“The quarterback of the Washington Redskins, Joe Theismann, turns and hands the ball to running back John Riggins. He watches Riggins run two steps forward, turn, and flip the ball back to him. It’s what most people know as a “flea-flicker,” but the Redskins call it a “throw back special.” Two Mississippi: Theismann searches for a receiver but instead sees Harry Carson coming”
― Michael Lewis, quote from The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game


“ratings in the NFL. Then Kemp, too, was injured. His replacement was a fellow named Mike Moroski, so obscure that any question concerning his NFL career would be considered out of bounds in a game of Trivial Pursuit. Moroski had been with the 49ers for exactly two weeks before he became, by default, their starting quarterback. He completed 57.5 percent of his passes. Eventually people must have noticed. As Walsh performed miracle after miracle with his quarterbacks,”
― Michael Lewis, quote from The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game


“A new force in pro football, Taylor demanded not just a tactical response but an explanation. Many people pointed to his unusual combination of size and speed. As one of the Redskins’ linemen put it, “No human being should be six four, two forty-five, and run a four-five forty.”
― Michael Lewis, quote from The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game


“And so it went in football. The game attracted the very people most likely to get in trouble outside”
― Michael Lewis, quote from The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game



“A new force in pro football, Taylor demanded not just a tactical response but an explanation. Many people pointed to his unusual combination of size and speed. As one of the Redskins’ linemen put it, “No human being should be six four, two forty-five, and run a four-five forty.” Bill Parcells thought Taylor’s size and speed were closer to the beginning than to the end of the explanation. New York Giants’ scouts were scouring the country for young men six three or taller, 240 pounds or heavier, with speed. They could be found. In that pool of physical specimens what was precious—far more precious than an inch, or ten pounds, or one tenth of a second—was Taylor’s peculiar energy and mind: relentless, manic, with grandiose ambitions and private standards of performance.”
― Michael Lewis, quote from The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game


“She dropped the matter, and his birthday remained May 28. Armed with the Social Security card, the birth certificate, and the letter from Principal Simpson of the Briarcrest Christian School, they drove the next day to the Department of Motor Vehicles. This time they had Collins in tow. Collins”
― Michael Lewis, quote from The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game


“This was tricky. They had, right now, at home, boxes of letters addressed to Michael from college football coaches and boosters and just people who wanted to get to know the future star. They had a personal letter from Congressman Harold Ford Jr., who seemed to want to become Michael’s friend, and a stack of letters from a football coach at the University of Alabama, who seemed prepared to offer his hand in marriage.”
― Michael Lewis, quote from The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game


“What John Ayers was doing seemed routine. But to the few who knew, and watched, it was a thing of beauty. The ball is snapped and John Ayers sees Taylor coming, and slides quickly back one step and to his left. And as he slides, he steps to meet his future. He’s stepping into 1985, when the turf will be fast and he won’t be able to deal with Lawrence Taylor…. Another quick step, back and left, and it’s 1986, and he’s injured and on the sidelines when the Giants send Joe Montana to the hospital and the 49ers home on the way to their own Super Bowl victory…. A third quick step and he crouches like one power forward denying another access to the hoop. But now it’s 1987 and Coach Bill Walsh is advising John Ayers to retire. Ayers ignores the advice and then learns that Walsh won’t invite him back to training camp…. He takes his final quick step back and left and times his blow, to stop dead in his tracks the most terrifying force ever launched at an NFL quarterback. “I don’t think I’ve ever played against a football player who had more drive and intensity to get to the quarterback,” John Ayers will say, after it’s all over, and he’s been given the game ball by his teammates. “It was almost like he was possessed.”…But now it’s 1995, and John Ayers has just died of cancer, at forty-two, and left behind a wife and two children. Joe Montana charters a plane to fly a dozen teammates to Amarillo, Texas, to serve as pall-bearers. At the funeral of John Ayers the letter of tribute from Bill Walsh is read aloud.”
― Michael Lewis, quote from The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game


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Michael Lewis
Born place: in New Orleans, Louisiana, The United States
Born date October 15, 1960
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