As the wide-eyed girls huddled close, hoping to catch his every word, the most celebrated football player on campus made an entirely unnecessary introduction.
“I’m Dorian,” he said last Saturday, just as the midday sun was starting to scorch the artificial turf at Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High. “I’m the quarterback here.”
Dorian Thompson-Robinson had come to coach the freshman powder-puff team. It was a practice filled with wobbly passes and meandering routes. Then, a revelation. A ballcarrier made an ankle-breaking spin move, flags flapping off her waist as she left the defender sprawled on the field.
Thompson-Robinson broke into a high-pitched howl as he sprinted in a...