There’s a hot new club in town that everyone’s talking about. It’s not what you think. Professional football sensation Andrew Luck has taken his love of reading to an extraordinary new level; by starting his own book club. This man has taken the NFL by storm in more ways than one. As Luck is the starting quarterback of his team, the Indianapolis Colts, his teammates depend on him for a lot on the field. They seem to be depending on him for help off the field as well, though…when they’re having trouble picking out the next book that they’re going to read.
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Luck didn’t major in literature during his time at Stanford University. It didn’t take him long, though, to gain a sort of reputation as the librarian of his team when he first joined the Colts, simply by constantly recommending books of all genres and styles to his teammates. It wasn’t long before his teammates started reading the books that earned his stamp of approval. Multiple players indicated that Luck loves to talk about the books he has read. He’s been compared by The Wall Street Journal to television sensation Oprah Winfrey for the way he’s coaxed those around him to pick up the books he’s enjoyed. The Journal also added that Luck gets constant recommendations from his mother, also a book lover, which he often passes on to his teammates.
It didn’t take Luck long to bring his love of books to the world outside his team clubhouse. He quickly launched a website titled andrewluckbookclub.com, which he describes as “a forum for a book-reading community to grow through the love of reading.” His mission, as he puts it, is to “to share some of the books I’ve enjoyed, and to build a continually growing community of readers of all levels by engaging through social media.” When making recommendations to his site viewers, Luck uses football terms, always featuring both a “rookie” book for younger readers and a veteran book for adults. The week, the rookie book is C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch, and Wardrobe and the veteran book is Andy Weir’s The Martian.
Luck’s website has gained impressive traffic so far, as has the book club’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. It seems safe to say that his strong passion for literature is spreading to everyone around him and inspiring readers young and old to pick up a book and start reading. It is absolutely wonderful to see a star athlete who so many children look up to advocating so strongly for books and reading. I look forward to seeing his great message spread even more.
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