At first glance, this book feels like it will be an in depth biography of star QB Robert Griffin III. What it turns out to be is a thoughtful examination of culture through the lens of football, celebrity idol worship, various parenting approaches and even politics.
In his book, Ted Kluck offers various angles on the phenomenon that is RG3.
One of the most compelling chapters examines the racial (racist?) responses to Griffin’s meteoric rise to fame. Kluck refers to the comments of one particular ESPN analyst about Griffin’s relationship to his white fiancee and his possoble republican leanings along with the criticism that Griffin is not black enough and doesn’t belong “to us”. Kluck offers a balanced response that includes logic and faith, critiquing the analyst while commending Griffin’s supporters.
I was expecting more commentary about the Redskin’s name and the ever-present Native American controversy as well. But Kluck strategically keeps focused on RG3’s detractors and the grace with which Griffin stands strong.
There is a steady pace to Kluck’s week by week coverage of RG3’s first year in the NFL. I was entertained by the different lists of tiers (ratings) of current NFL QBs. At first I was disappointed at the exclusion of (but later appreciative for the inclusion of) my own hometown’s “Running-QB” Colin Kaepernock (Go 49ers) who himself must be well-deserving of his own book deal, too.
Nevertheless I learned a great deal about RG3’s faith and family along with his authenticity in presenting himself as an authentic follower of Jesus Christ. Kluck is the rare storyteller who could include within the pages of the same story such different individuals like Tim Keller and Jim Kelly, Baylor University and Brian Bosworth, Michael Jordan, Vince Young, John the Baptist and even David Crowder…all in the drive to tell Robert Griffin III’s story to the glory of God.
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