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Whatever it Takes: The true story of a fan making it into the NFL Paperback – 23 Apr 2013
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Whatever it Takes is the true story of a lifelong NFL fan who always dreamt of making it into the big league in one way or another. Not everyone is made to be a player of course, and so it was for Dan Kelly. It was as a scout that his dream came true.
Kelly builds us up to that point with various childhood reminiscences about his developing love for the game, and in particular the Washington Redskins – notably a speculative call to a favourite player at the team hotel one day, garnering an invitation to meet the team before their match the next day. A lifetime memory for any sports-giddy teenage boy.
For Kelly, a troubled upbringing and early adult life was played out to the backdrop of the ever present hopes and dreams of becoming an NFL scout. In spite of life’s knock-backs, perseverance was Kelly’s watchword as he refused to let go of his dream despite the realities of a tough financial situation. One final attempt at capturing his dream saw night after night of videos of College Football, studying and analysing potential NFL draftees for a speculative report and resume. He spent his remaining cash to produce and send this report around the NFL in the hope of his dream coming true.
It was quite a commitment of course, but Kelly’s faith was absolute: “It’s going to happen.”
The most fascinating parts of the book are the ‘behind-the-scenes’ aspects which shine a light on NFL scouting and the processes involved. Naturally, there is far more to it than you might imagine, and from interview to working as a scout, the insight into that world makes for great reading.Read more ›