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Publisher's Summary

Former collegiate star, sports agent, and NFL executive Michael Huyghue recounts his journey in professional sports and the challenges that remain for minorities to succeed as front office executives in the multibillion-dollar sports industry. 

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. It is also a chronicle not often told 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.

©2018 Michael Huyghue (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"It was clear to me when I got involved in the UFL that if we were going to have any chance of success it was because of Michael's leadership. He understands the dynamics of organizing a professional football team and has the leadership skills to blend all of the personalities and egos of owners, coaches and players. He is a unique talent and a stand-up guy." (Jim Fassel, former head coach of the New York Giants)

"Michael actually gave me my first job in the NFL front office with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He understood the importance of not only setting such a positive example for other minorities in the league but reaching out to help all along the way." (Doug Williams, Super Bowl-winning quarterback of the Washington Redskins)

"Michael and I worked side by side during our time in the World League as general managers. We each attended Ivy League schools but entered the senior ranks of the NFL from two different perspectives, mine as a former player and his as an attorney. I have enjoyed watching Michael advance through the ranks of the NFL and have always considered him a good friend. His insights into the interworking's of and navigating through the NFL will be invaluable advice to those interested in careers in the professional sports industry." (Reggie Williams, former NFL All-Pro linebacker, Cincinnati city councilman, NFL World League general manager)

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My business mindset is forever changed.

An Amazing book on a defining journey to your dream your way. Thank you Mr. Huyghue for allowing readers into the TRUE inner workings of the world of professional sports from "Behind the Line of Scrimmage". In true admiration of all of your contributions and accomplishments to the NFL and UFL~Tara Gates Anderson