"Michael is very unique in that he has strong leadership and business skills, yet totally understands football and in particular the coaches and players mentality. That unique blend of talent along with some real smarts made him a successful leader. He was not only a role model for minorities in the league but for all young front office people."—Jerry Glanville, former head coach of the Atlanta Falcons
"I enjoyed interacting and collaborating with Michael for many years -while he was with the NFL Management Council, the Detroit Lions and the Jacksonville Jaguars - and I always appreciated and valued his insights and observations - I am delighted that he has chosen to share his experiences and his thoughts in BEHIND THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE."—Amy Trask, author of Negotiate Like a Girl, ESPN anchor, and former CEO of the Oakland Raiders
"Michael is unique in that he combines brilliant knowledge of the sports industry along with integrity and a sense of identity. Even now he motivates me to want to do more in my life both professionally and off the course."—Jim Thorpe, PGA and Champions Tour winner
"Michael helped to guide not only my professional football career but my off the field life as well. He was not only my agent and business advisor but a close friend too."—Eric Crouch, former Heisman Trophy winner
"Michael and I have been strong friends for more than 30 years since we graduated from Michigan Law School together. As classmates we dreamed about starting our own sports agency but Michael truly stood out, landing a job at the NFL, and beginning a journey that is far from over. We have maintained our friendship ever since."—Bob Woodruff, former head anchor of ABC News
"Michael actually gave me my first job in the NFL front office with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He understood the importance of not only setting such a positive example for other minorities in the league but reaching out to help all along the way."—Doug Williams, Super Bowl winning quarterback of the Washington Redskins
"It was clear to me when I got involved in the UFL that if we were going to have any chance of success it was because of Michael's leadership. He understands the dynamics of organizing a professional football team and has the leadership skills to blend all of the personalities and egos of owners, coaches and players. He is a unique talent and a stand-up guy."—Jim Fassel, former head coach of the New York Giants
"Michael and I worked side by side during our time in the World League as general managers. We each attended Ivy League schools but entered the senior ranks of the NFL from two different perspectives, mine as a former player and his as an attorney. I have enjoyed watching Michael advance through the ranks of the NFL and have always considered him a good friend. His insights into the interworking's of and navigating through the NFL will be invaluable advice to those interested in careers in the professional sports industry."—Reggie Williams, former NFL All Pro Linebacker, Cincinnati City Councilman, NFL World League General Manager
"Michael signed me to an NFL contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars during their inaugural 1995 season. He was among the first black executives in charge of football operations in the League. He paved the way for other black executives and I was proud to see him in that leadership role.
"His book is an inspirational journey of facing the intersection of race and culture in professional sports and specifically the NFL.
"This is a must-read for anyone who ever wanted to be a fly on the wall to see, fully comprehend and appreciate the many challenges and obstacles that are unique to minorities in the workplace."—Desmond Howard, Former Heisman Trophy Winner and ESPN College Football Analyst