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Alan Alda Paper Lion essay

56 I'M NOT AN ATHLETE, AND I'M NOT GEORGE PLIMPTON, SO WHYA M I PLAYING QUARTERBACK FOR THE DETROIT LIONS? BYALAN ALDA Actor Alan Aida, in photos taken by his wife, exhibits what he calls his "very strange form" in the Central Park touchfootball game that won him the Plimpton part in Paper Lion. I sat down next to John Gordy, a guard on the Detroit Lions, and took off my shoe. "Did you play football in high school, George?" he asked me. They all called me George. "Well, I only played for two weeks, actually." "Two weeks? What happened, you have an injury?" "Well, no," I said. "My mother didn't want me to play, and she got my orthodontist to say it was bad for my braces." Gordy kept looking at me, his face blank. I concentrated on taking off my other shoe. "Your orthodontist?" he said finally. I nodded and took off my shirt. Here I was, making a movie with the Lions—something I had looked forward to for months—and I was saying all the wrong things. I put on my shoulder pads. Then I tried to pull the jersey with the big zero on it over my head, and it choked me. Gordy was off talking to another lineman, Alex Karras. I had to walk across the locker room, with my arms in the air and the jersey half over my head, until I could catch a player's eye and ask for help. In a way I was pleased. It seemed to me that George Plimpton must have felt like this when, as a complete amateur, he had played with the Lions in order to write about football from the inside. I was with the Lions now because I was


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