The Water Boy: From the Sidelines to the Owner’s Box: Inside the CFL, the XFL, and the NFL

The Water Boy: From the Sidelines to the Owner's Box: Inside the CFL, the XFL, and the NFLThe Water Boy: From the Sidelines to the Owner’s Box: Inside the CFL, the XFL, and the NFL by Bob Ackles
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I knew absolutely nothing about Bob Ackles before cracking open this book, but I found it interesting that a water boy could come out of Canada to work in the CFL, NFL, and XFL. Hell, he even got to General Manager at a few points and worked with the Dallas Cowboys.

His stories are fun, and his knowledge of the football business is second to none. You can tell this is a guy who really has seen it all.

What really drew me to his writing was his “can-do” attitude. Yes, he started as a water boy. I think at one point he refers to him being 5’5″.

Yet, not at one point does he bemoan his inability to play. He just gets in the league any way he can and starts working. He works for free at the start. He learns everything he can. He gets to know all the players and gets into a million hilarious scenarios with them. He learns. He experiences. He gets out there and sees the world. Oh, and he oil paints in his free time, or searches for missing players in the wetlands of the American South.

I can’t give him the late Bob Ackles five stars because he does go on long low-value digressions from time to time that detracted from the main arch, but I still loved this book.

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