Behind the Line of Scrimmage: Inside the Front Office of the NFL

Behind the Line of Scrimmage: Inside the Front Office of the NFL


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Former collegiate star, sports agent, and NFL Executive Michael Huyghue recounts his journey in professional sports and shows how race and racism operate among the rich and the white and extend way beyond the NFL and the world of sports executives.

With a deep, abiding love for sports, Huyghue chronicles his journey from childhood athletics to one of the highest-ranking black executives in the NFL. Huyghue reveals a bird's eye view of the inner workings of the exclusive inner sanctum of the NFL owners, players and management. The author's journey as an athlete and lawyer provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what goes on behind closed doors in the world of professional sports and collegiate athletic programs.

His story as a pioneer and a change agent is one of hope, triumph, setback and sheer perseverance that will resonate with any sports fan. It is a blueprint-marked by wry humor and without bitterness—to successfully navigate the journey that remains for minorities to succeed as front office executives in the multibillion-dollar sports industry. It is also a not often told chronicle of growing up black and male in white suburban America.

While black athletes are ubiquitous on the playing field and front pages of tabloids, the challenge remains to gain true power in the multibillion-dollar sports industry. Huyghue details that struggle play by play.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478920137
Publisher: Center Street
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,156,752
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

MICHAEL HUYGHUE gained widespread prominence as the youngest and one of the first black general managers in professional football. He held a top leadership role in operations for the NFL owners and served as senior vice president for football operations of the start up NFL team Jacksonville Jaguars. (During the team's first five seasons he lead the club to more wins than any new franchise in the history of the NFL, including a remarkable two AFC Championship game appearances.) Huyghue's career also included stops at the Detroit Lions, the NFL Management Council and the NFL Players Association.

A lawyer by training, Huyghue lectures extensively on professional sports and sports law. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, where he was a star football player and is a former member of the board of trustees. Huyghue earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and is admitted to the bar in New York, New Jersey and Michigan.

Table of Contents

1 Kneeling Down 1

2 Rules of the Game 15

3 First-Quarter Offensive 43

4 Making the Team 81

5 Coming Home 107

6 Expanding the Field 139

7 Tying the Knot 153

8 Cap Jail 183

9 A Free Agent 201

10 Diversifying the NFL from the Outside In 221

11 An Off-Book Play 231

12 Commish 251

13 The UFL 259

14 Not All Money Is Good 291

Acknowledgments 299

Appendix: Why the NFL Systematically Excludes Blacks from the Coaching Ranks 301

Index 307

About the Author 317

Photo Captions 321

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Super relevant--this book is a must read! With the odds stacked against him, Michael writes about the stairs he climbed composed of discrimination and racism to reach top-ranking positions inside the front office of the NFL. Although he describes himself as a “token black person” who was given opportunities to fulfil a quota, Michael maintained his success through nothing short of hard work and sacrifice. As a fan of sports, it was interesting to see the politics of the NFL and the sports industry in general. Michael’s story is truly inspiring and something every reader can find value in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Behind the Line of Scrimmage, Michael Huyghue reflects on over 30 years of experience in the professional sports industry coupled with his journey as one of the highest-ranking African American executives in the NFL. It's not only a great read for sports fans, but also sheds light on some of the most prominent social injustices that continue to plague our society everyday. Michael provides invaluable behind-the-scenes insight into the sports world and, perhaps most importantly, he provides hope for constructive change. Truly an inspiring & amazing read!
B-loNY More than 1 year ago