Former NFL player building team of readers

The farthest thing from my mind is the upcoming NFL season. I want the nice weather to last for a few more months and the garden to continue to call my name. But as I reluctantly allow thoughts of shortening days, with cool then bitterly cold temperatures, it’s easy to think about the books I’ll read.

Some of you may know that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is leaving the league. In 2012, Luck was the first overall selection in the NFL Draft. He played all seven seasons of his professional career for the Colts and won accolades for his passing game and led the team to three playoffs. He was runner-up for the Heisman Trophy and was named Offensive Player in his conference in 2010 and 2011. But injuries plagued him and he chose to retire at what some are calling the peak of his career.

What you may not know is that Luck earned a degree in architecture from Stanford University with a 3.48 grade-point average. Or, that he started the Andrew Luck Book Club with a mission to build a team of readers of all levels. Luck has always had a passion for reading and discussing books so he decided to share his love of reading with a larger audience.

Every month, Luck recommends two books: one for “Rookies” (younger folks) and the other for “Veterans” (more seasoned readers). He plans to interview one author each month and share the podcast on his website. During football season, there may be a surprise host to help with book selections. Readers can find him online at and with the hashtag #ALBookclub.

In September, he’s chosen “Save Me a Seat” by Gita Varadarajan for rookies and “Dark Star Safari” by Paul Theroux for veterans. His selections aren’t typically related in any way but they’re books that are fun to talk about. It’s great to see a football hero bring families together with book discussions.

Do you know a reluctant reader? Are you looking for a way to have more face to face time with your family? Maybe this is the opportunity you’ve been looking for.

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Tina Winstead is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Monday. Her columns may also be found online at

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