Did you see this story about Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett setting up a book club for our beloved local football team? Even though football plays are complex and require intelligence to interpret and execute them quickly, football players are often stereotyped as simple-minded. Leave it to book clubs to help break down the cliché.
There are stories of Bennett leaving books all over the place, including in his coaches’ offices. Bennett chose Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers as the first Seahawks book club pick, a logical if obvious choice. And oh the irony, since Gladwell is known for his hatred of football, which he’s deemed a “moral abomination.” But either Bennett doesn’t know about Gladwell’s position or he doesn’t care. The point of the Seahawks reading Outliers is to study what makes people extremely successful. Bennett wants to get his teammates to talk about something meaningful and build their connection beyond the game. As one of the most outspoken players in the league, Bennett probably also wants to give his teammates more knowledge for discussing social issues with the media ... continued