Collision Low Crossers

  • by Nicholas Dawidoff
  • Narrated by David DeVries
  • 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The definitive portrait of day-to-day life in the NFL, as told by the writer who was there.
We watch football every Sunday, but we don't really see it. By spending a year with the New York Jets, Nicholas Dawidoff explored the game in such an intimate way that he can now put you right inside the NFL. Collision Low Crossers is a story that is part Paper Lion and part Moneyball, part Friday Night Lights and part The Office. In this absorbing, funny, and vividly written narrative, he describes the Combine, the draft, the practices, the strategy meetings, all while thinking deeply about such fundamental truths and the nature of success and disappointment in a massive and stressful collective endeavor.
Most of what happens in today's NFL takes place at team facilities, walled off from fans and, until now, from writers. The New York Jets issued Dawidoff a security code, a locker, and a desk in the scouting department: for an entire year he lived with the team, from early-morning quarterback meetings to edgy late-night conversations. Dawidoff makes an emblematic NFL season come alive for fans and nonfans alike.
Most of what happens in today's NFL takes place at team facilities, walled off from fans and, until now, from writers. The New York Jets issued Dawidoff a security code, a locker, and a desk in the scouting department: for an entire year he lived with the team, from early-morning quarterback meetings to edgy late-night conversations. Dawidoff makes an emblematic NFL season come alive for fans and nonfans alike.
Dawidoff has written the book of depth and feeling that football has long deserved, one that will forever change the way people watch and think about the sport.
"Collision low crossers" is a phrase defensive coaches use for the act of making legal contact with any potential pass receiver within five yards of the line of scrimmage. Beyond five yards, "collisioning" someone becomes a penalty. The term also evokes the most fundamental elements of the game - speed, aggression, the interplay between space and time, and meticulously planned events that likely will not come to fruition.

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A must listen for the NFL junkie

What made the experience of listening to Collision Low Crossers the most enjoyable?

An inside look on how the NFL works, not just the Jets/Ryan. I hate the Jets/Ryan, but loved this book. I have more respect for Ryan after listening to this book (being a Pats fan, I still must loath him.)


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- R. Anderson "rick"

If you want to REALLY learn the NFL game...

What made the experience of listening to Collision Low Crossers the most enjoyable?

I played college football and I'm an NFL fan. I thought I knew the game. I had NO IDEA what goes into getting an NFL team ready to play. I learned a LOT and it has enhanced my enjoyment of pro football


Who was your favorite character and why?

Even if you don't like the Jets, you will respect Rex Ryan - and maybe even like him.


Any additional comments?

If you really enjoy the NFL, you will enjoy it even more after learning so much of what goes on behind the scenes

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- Mikey72

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-19-2013
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio