George Plimpton wants to write a story for Sports Illustrated on what it is like to be a quarterback for an NFL team. No one is willing to allow a klutzy amateur to go on the field for fear he'll kill himself. After several teams turn him down, Plimpton got the Detroit Lions to let him go to training camp. He tries to keep his true identity a secret from the real players. This is based on a true incident and many of the players play themselves in the movie.
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The Paper Lion is About to Get Creamed
Did You Know?
At the time of the book and movie, Alex Karras was a defensive lineman for the Detroit Lions. However, after his playing career ended, Karras became a commentator for Monday Night Football before embarking on an acting career appearing in movies like Blazing Saddles as well as starring in his own hit TV show, Webster. See more
After George enters the game and the team is penalized for Delay of Game, the referee is shown winding the clock. The clock is not started after a Delay penalty. See more
You know, George, we carry four quarterbacks now. And to ask us to carry five, I think would be a real headache. I just don't think it will work.
[Shows George the door
Have you tried the AFL?
Disclaimer from the opening credits: "This film is an amiable fiction based on the book 'Paper Lion' by George Plimpton and is not intended to be a literal depiction of its author." See more
Referenced in Family Ties: Paper Lion