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NFL Bookshelf: Parcells' GM Dream; Tiki Torches Coughlin
Published September 6, 2007
TIKI TORCH: In "Tiki: My Life in the Game and Beyond," to be released September 18, NBC analyst and former Giants RB Tiki Barber revealed, "If Tom Coughlin had not remained as head coach of the Giants, I might still be in a Giants uniform." Barber wrote Coughlin "robbed me of what had been one of the most important things I had in my life, which was the joy I felt playing football." Barber also wrote that the Giants "shorted him about $10[M] over his career" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/4).
SUPER SELLER: SI.com's Peter King noted Colts coach Tony Dungy's book, "Quiet Strength," enters its 8th printing this week, "which means that 480,000 books will have been printed." It is the most popular sports book since "Seabiscuit" in '01, and has "confirmed sales of just under 250,000 today," which is "86,000 more than recent coaching biographies of Lou Holtz, Charlie Weis, Jon Gruden and Marv Levy." In addition, the book "has now sold twice as many books as David Halberstam's 2005 book on Bill Belichick" (SI.com, 9/3). In Indianapolis, Mark Montieth writes Dungy "has become one of the most popular sports figures in America." Montieth: "Dungy is regarded as a beacon of decency in a harsh, violent industry, a man who stands for something beyond winning football games. ... A lot of people who don't care for football care for him." The Davie Brown index ranks Dungy in the "top 15 of the 900 people it ranks for overall appeal, putting him on a level with actors such as Tom Hanks and Morgan Freeman." He ranks among sports figures second only to Hank Aaron (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 9/6).