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03 Oct 2011
Gent, who was most famous for authoring the acclaimed North Dallas Forty, passed away on Friday.
Posted by: Rivers McCown on 03 Oct 2011
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04 Oct 2011, 2:06pm by
That is still my favorite football movie of all time. Especially that last pass at the end (in street clothes) where he just lets the ball go by.
This will probably remain my favorite football movie until they get around to filming "Monday Night Jihad"...
Tim Tebow will star.
ND 40 is a very underrated sports movie. Yards beyond "Any Given Sunday" imo.
Gent was a very early player to transition from college bb to the NFL.
When my parent's divorce was more or less final, my dad took us to see North Dallas Forty, thinking it would be a light, cheesy sports movie. We were kinda traumatized (and he did apologize), but it did a lot to light the spark of my later cynicism, so that was nice.
Although I read the book when it first came out in paperback all those decades ago, I liked it better than the movie. (The book has a much darker ending.) Gent did a great job of describing the pains (physical and psychological) and joys of being a marginal player in the NFL of the day.
Sad news. ND 40 was one of the most literate sports novels ever written. Along with Jim Bouton's 'Ball Four,' it made a big impact on me as a youngster, who was interested in both sports and writing. Gent was also a frequent contributor to the late, great Sport Magazine. RIP.
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