Moon chronicles his life

Former Vikings quarterback Warren Moon chronicles his professional struggles in a new book titled "Never Give Up On Your Dream."

Former Viking Warren Moon can add author to his Hall of Fame résumé.

Moon, along with author Don Yaeger, who wrote the Walter Payton biography "Never Die Easy," have collaborated to write the book "Never Give Up On Your Dream." The book chronicles Moon's life as a player who never got a college scholarship because too many college coaches didn't believe he could be an effective quarterback at that level. Despite success in college, that sentiment extended to his pro career, where an African American had a difficult time being an NFL quarterback – forcing Moon to seek his fortune in the Canadian Football League before finally making it to the NFL.

Moon remains the only black quarterback in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the only player to be both in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. The book covers the struggles he faced to overcome the stereotypes and prejudices of the era in which he played.

If you're looking for a late-summer read, Moon's book should be a hit with sports fans, whether they're fans of the Vikings or not.

FRIDAY NOTES

  • The preliminary training camp numbers through one week have drawn estimates that attendance is up 60 percent from a year ago and that merchandise sales are up 50 percent from last year – not bad numbers considering that fans felt somewhat betrayed when Brett Favre didn't come out of retirement. The Vikings are averaging about 4,200 fans a day at practice, up from about 2,700 last year when the team set a training camp record with more than 50,000 fans attending training camp. However, the team has fewer days at camp this year because of the NFL schedule and Minnesota State, Mankato starting earlier.

  • Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels split most of the first-team reps at practice Thursday, a sign that the competition for the starting QB spot is back on.

  • Defensive end Brian Robison missed a third straight day of practice Thursday with tightness in his hamstring in an injury suffered during Monday morning's practice.

  • Jaymar Johnson became a father Wednesday. Jaymar Junior was born at 7 pounds, 13 ounces and both the baby and Johnson's wife, Kassy, are doing fine, the wide receiver said.

  • The Broncos had a Thursday night practice and new quarterback Kyle Orton was booed loudly by the 13,000 fans in attendance. Orton threw two interceptions during the scrimmage and badly overthrew a pass to Chad Jackson that drew the ire of the fans, who were very supportive of ousted QB Jay Cutler.

  • The San Diego Chargers, one of the franchises being looked at for expansion into the Los Angeles market, reported on its website Thursday that several blackouts this season are a "definite possibility."

  • Former Viking Robert Ferguson signed with the Atlanta Falcons Thursday. The Falcons had a need for a wide receiver with Roddy White holding out of practice in search of a contract extension and backup Harry Douglas lost for the season.


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