Response To The Book 'Bleachers' By John Grisham

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“How you respond to a challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.”- Lou Holtz. This quote relates to the book Bleachers by John Grisham, specifically to the character Neely Crenshaw. Neely’s “second half” is determined not only in a game but also in his life. Neely’s senior year as the all-American quarterback came down to one game, the 1987 championship. They are down 31-0 against East Pike at halftime. Coach Rake walks in the locker room, goes straight up to Neely and says, “You miserable excuse for a football player”(Grisham 155). Then before Neely could say anything Coach Rake backhands him across the nose, consequently, Neely strikes back breaking his hand and knocking
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