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Oklahoma football: Jay Norvell wrote book for 'personal satisfaction'

by Jason Kersey Modified: October 16, 2012 at 9:09 pm •  Published: October 16, 2012
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— Jay Norvell got a call about two years ago from a publishing company, which wanted him to write a book detailing the necessary skills to play wide receiver.


“At first I told my wife, ‘I've got no time to do this,'” Norvell remembered Tuesday after Oklahoma's football practice.

“She looked at me and said, ‘Are you crazy? When is anybody gonna ask you to write a book ever again?'”

So the Sooners' co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach decided to give it a shot. Norvell's final product, the 217-page, “Complete Wide Receiver,” will be available in bookstores by late October or early November.

“I did it over summer vacation the last couple of years,” Norvell said. “It's an exhausting process, but I'm really glad that I did it. I've been around a lot of good people, and I was able to share a lot of those stories in that book.”

Norvell said he got some help from some old friends — receiver Reggie Wayne and former coach Jim Mora — he worked with during his time with the Indianapolis Colts.

“I always wanted to write one; I think everybody does,” Norvell said. “I was really excited to get the opportunity. I didn't know it would come when it did.

“Someday, my son will look at it and say, ‘Gee, my dad wrote a book.' And that's really why I did it. It was kinda for personal satisfaction.”