Book Review of Dieter Brock, the Birmingham Rifle by Robert Allan Young, Reviewed by Ken David Stewart
This biography of Dieter Brock is long overdue. When I heard about it. I couldn’t wait to get a copy of it and to read it on my Kindle device. The wait for this biography of Dieter Brock was well worth it. The author writes about both the career and character of one of the greatest quarterbacks in CFL history. During his years in the Canadian Football League, Dieter Brock was the starting quarterback for both the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Hamilton Tiger Cats. Dieter was appropriately known as the Birmingham Rifle because he likely possessed the strongest throwing arm of any quarterback in professional football.
For anyone who followed the CFL football during the Dieter Brock era, Robert Allan Young’s biography is a must read. For those who were serious football fans during this time, this book will bring back many memories. Dieter Brock tried to renegotiate a shorter contract with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers so that he could finish his career in the United States. His requests were rebuffed many times by the Blue Bomber management. The only way out for Dieter was a trade to the Hamilton Tiger cats in exchange for their present quarterback, Tom Clements.
The result of Dieter’s trade to the Hamilton Tiger Cats resulted in a great deal of angst for many Winnipeg Blue Bombers fans. A significant number of Winnipeg fans believed that Dieter Brock had betrayed them. Robert Allan Young explores this divisive issue from Dieter Brock’s point of view.
The author continues to report the history of the Birmingham Rifle’s career, during his time as the quarterback of the Hamilton Tiger Cats and the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL.
In conclusion, Robert Allan Young’s book, Dieter Brock, the Birmingham Rifle is an excellent read from beginning to end. It is a must for those CFL fans who want to know the true story of Dieter Brock, the quarterback and the man.