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InPlimpton, not an athlete, arranged to pitch to a lineup of professional baseball players in an All-Star exhibition, presumably to answer the question, "How would the average man off of the street fare in an attempt to compete with the stars of professional sports? To write Paper Lion, Plimpton repeated the experiment in the National Football Leaguejoining the training camp of the Detroit Lions on the premise of trying out to be the team's third-string quarterback. Plimpton, then 36 years old, showed how unlikely it would be for an "average" person to succeed as a professional football player. The book is an expanded version of Plimpton's two-part series which appeared in back-to-back issues of Sports Illustrated in September

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The film premiered in Detroit on October 2,and was released nationwide the week of October 14, Paper lion a game of touch football, his editor gets an idea that Plimpton should try going to a professional football team's training camp as a player. A number of teams say no, but the Detroit Lions agree.

Plimpton attempts at first to disguise the fact that he's a total amateur, but soon Lions players can see the truth for themselves. He is unwelcome to Paper lion who resent the intrusion, but a star player, Alex Karrasintervenes on his behalf.

In practice, Plimpton demonstrates his ineptitude and gets knocked around. But he's a good sport about it and never complains, which most of his new teammates seem to appreciate. At one point George scores a touchdown in practice and is pleased with himself, until catching the other Lions laughing because they had deliberately let him score.

With a relatively meaningless pre-season exhibition game scheduled against the St. Louis Cardinalsthe Lions' head coach, Joe Schmidtdecides to let George play quarterback for one series of downs. The players do their best but so do the opponents—George is sacked for losses, does very little right and even runs into a goal post, knocking himself cold.

Film from the September 8, preseason game between the Lions and Cardinals is used. But at least he gets a good story out of it, which he goes back to New York City to write.

Differences from book There are major differences between the book and movie, mostly attributable to the producers moving the time period up to —Despite the late release, its filming features the Lions—and not trying to re-create the time period of the book, which is Joe Schmidtstill an active player inis the Lions' head coach in the film.

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Defensive tackle Alex Karras was serving a suspension from pro football in for gambling and was not at the training camp. He is one of Plimpton's main supporters in the movie. In the book, Plimpton only plays in an intra-squad scrimmage, where he loses yardage on five straight plays.

In the movie, Plimpton does well in the scrimmage and scores a touchdown, only to realize shortly afterward that the defense did not give it their all and let him score. The movie depicts five plays when Plimpton is permitted to quarterback the Lions in a fictitious pre-season game with the St.

There is a scene where Plimpton meets with Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardiwho informs him that he will not be attending the Packers training camp. Plimpton never wrote about any meeting with Lombardi.Note: Citations are based on reference standards.

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