Born Ready: The Mixed Legacy of Len Bias, examines the complex legacy of Bias’s life and death. The book humanizes Bias’s legacy through the thoughts and actions of those most affected by his death. Teammates John Johnson calls Bias an angel; Speedy Jones says Bias’s death made him a better person; Derrick Lewis uses the Bias story to teach his high school students about the perils of drug abuse; Terry Long, who was with Bias when he died, still refuses to talk about Bias’s death. Further, Bias’s former high school coach Bob Wagner thinks about Bias every day and Johnnie Walker, a Bias friend and mentor, still feels partly responsible for his death.
The author was captain of Maryland’s track and field team in 1980 and while a student worked in the school’s athletics department as a marketing intern. He has written two other books about athletics history at Maryland, Tales From the Maryland Terrapins and Legends of Maryland Basketball.
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