Bleachers, By John Grisham Essay

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In John Grisham’s, Bleachers, this fiction story takes us through a small town in Messina, Mississippi. Everyone who is anyone attends their local high school football games. Thousands of locals come to the Friday night football games to watch the Messina Spartans play each week. Bleachers takes place in a present time setting in which former players talk about past games. The legendary coach of the Messina Spartans is getting close to the end while the former players await his death. Former players from different years are sitting on the bleachers of Rake Field talking about past games and memories. Because this is a fiction story, none of the characters or events are real. There are characters in this book that could portray real people, because the things these characters go through are common in today's world. Characters like Neely Crenshaw, an all-American whose career ends up short with a career ending injury. Then there is Coach Eddie Rake, a coach that leaves a legacy in a small town by making an unbelievable winning streak during his prime years. Almost everyone who played for Coach Rake hated his guts. Fictional characters in this book are believable. Even events like a coach who hits their athlete, and starts a brawl seem believable. Although this book is fiction, the majority of the events and characters could exist and are believable.
Neely Crenshaw was one of the best quarterbacks in Messina high school history. He led a memorable comeback in the 1987 state championship game along with his former teammates Paul Curry and Silo Mooney. People worshiped Crenshaw in Messina. Playing with the number nineteen jersey, he was unstoppable. All the boys wanted to be like him, and all the girls wanted to be his girlfriend. Crenshaw stood tall in the hallways and earned respect by both his fellow peers and his teachers. A character like this defines a high school jock. There are people like this in real life, athletes who are being worshipped by all, who have a clear shot at a state title. After his high school career, Crenshaw had been offered to play for many colleges. He ended up choosing Tech College because they offered him the most money out of all the other colleges. When Curry asked Crenshaw if he was joking about the money, Crenshaw replied, “Yep. State offered forty, A&M offered thirty five, a few others were willing to pay twenty…It’s such a sleazy business” (Crenshaw, pg. 26). Although it is illegal to offer athletes money, Tech had placed the money in Crenshaw’s trunk. This has happened to many athletes in the past. Reggie Bush, who plays for the National Football League, has accepted gifts while playing for the University of Southern California. Bush violated terms of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and has recently returned his Heisman Award in 2010. Crenshaw also accepted the gifts that were given to him by Tech and kept receiving money every time Crenshaw won a game at Tech. With an outstanding freshman year...

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