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Between the Lies
In Between the Lies, Levy takes us on a journey through the NFL like we've never seen before. Through the eyes of a memorable cast of characters, many of whom are based on real football players, coaches, general managers, and owners, we get to see professional football from the inside. There are quirky character names such as sportswriter Mel Herbert, movie mogul and team owner Cedric B. Medill, quarterback Q.T. Pye, a cheerleader named Angela (Yum Yum) Baklava and a quarterback named Kelly James, who Levy admits resembles former Bills QB Jim Kelly. In Levy's work, we get to the see the game's underbelly, where rules are bent or broken, lies are used as promises, and the integrity of the game hangs in the balance.
Between the Lies is filled with the kind of behind-the-scenes knowledge that only a Hall of Fame coach could possess. After coaching in the college ranks at Coe College, the University of New Mexico, the University of California (Berkeley), and the College of William & Mary, Levy transitioned to coaching stints as an assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles (1969), the Los Angeles Rams (1970) and with the Redskins in 1971-72. He was the special teams coach on that Redskins team which lost 14-7 in the Super Bowl in 1972 to the undefeated Miami Dolphins. Later, Levy won two Grey Cup championships with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, and then got his first NFL coaching job with the Kansas City Chiefs from 1978-82. He had coached in the USFL with the Chicago Blitz in 1984 before becoming the head coach in Buffalo from 1987 through 1997. He was also the Bills general manager in 2006-07. His lifetime coaching record is 185-143-4 (.565), including a 43-31-4 mark in Canada.