NFL Unplugged: The Brutal, Brilliant World of Professional Football

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NFL Unplugged: The Brutal, Brilliant World of Professional Football

Format:  Hardcover,

288 pages

Publisher: Ingram Pub Services

Publish Date: Sep 2010

ISBN-13: 9780470522837

ISBN-10: 0470522836

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Blood, guts, and glory-veteran players reveal the NFL you never see on TV

Behind every glittering NFL game on television is a world of happy pain for a hundred men. "NFL Unplugged" lets you see that world through the eyes of the pros who live and sweat in it. Here are the places the cameras don't go: the locker room where coaches' speeches can deflate or motivate, the huddle where fart jokes vie with playcalling, the training camp where locusts and heat conspire to break the strongest bodies and shake the most determined minds. Now you can experience it all up close and unplugged.Draws on firsthand accounts of more than thirty players and coaches from teams across the NFL, including Mark Schlereth, Bill Romanowski, Kevin Long, Kyle Turley, John Gruden, Hugh Douglas, Jon Runyan, and Michael StrahanAn unvarnished look at everything from training camp and broken dreams, conditioning and injuries, and camaraderie and hazing to the quest to gain a competitive edge and the exhilarating triumphs of the gameWritten by one of the top figures in sports radio, Anthony Gargano of Philadelphia's 610-WIP

From the injuries that never heal and the money that never lasts to the memories and the glory that never fade, "NFL Unplugged" shows the unbridled brutality and sheer brilliance of the game.


Publisher: Ingram Pub Services
Publish Date: Sep 2010
ISBN-13: 9780470522837
ISBN-10: 0470522836
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 288
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.1
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.75 x 1.0

Chapter outline

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prologuep. 1
Pregamep. 11
Training Campp. 63
The Blessed Dayp. 120
Slobberknockers, Misdeeds, and Regrets of Men and Monstersp. 153
The Long Wait for Sundayp. 193
The Pain, the Price, the Glory, and the End Daysp. 205
Indexp. 263


Review by Library Journal (2010-08-01)

Gargano, of Philadelphia sports radio, displays the Hobbesian view of pro football: "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short". For NFL players, only delete "poor". Gargano examines the camaraderie of the NFL's "grunts" and their world of constant pain, focusing mainly on former linemen with a Philly connection. This warts-and-all perspective goes behind the scenes at training camp, in the film room, the locker room, the huddle, and even down to the bottom of a pileup on the field-a place where no one wants to be.

Gargano also covers the verbal abuse, emotional manipulation, and preening machismo NFL players endure to add a mental counter to the physical challenges. The perspective here of both tacklers and blockers and the tackled and blocked comes across with humor, appreciation, and honesty. A fun read for football fans wanting to understand the game at its most intense level.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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