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When the clock runs out : 20 NFL greats share their stories of hardship and triumph
Lyon, Bill.
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Chicago, IL. : Triumph Books, [1999]

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xiv, 304 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Foreword : Blowing air into the bubble / by Cynthia Zordich -- Introduction : Letting go / by Bill Lyon -- Rocky's road : the Rocky Bleier story -- Concrete Charlie : the Chuck Bednarik story -- Amazing grace : the Pat Summerall story -- The friend : the Tom Brookshier story -- Hollywood : the Thomas Henderson story -- The American dream : The Vai Sikahema story -- The Zen warrior : the Ronnie Lott story -- Ray Bob and the .38 : the Ray Rhodes story -- Fallen : the Ron Wolfley story -- The natural : the John Brodie story -- Life sentence : the Johnny Sample story -- Jaws : the Ron Jaworski story --Great expectations : the Bill Fralic story -- Tall ain't all : the Stump Mitchell story -- Clotheslines and Yorkies : the Tommy McDonald story -- Brain surgeons and long snappers : the Todd Christensen story -- Hands of the hawk : the Larry Wilson story -- The oak and the cypress : the Kimberly Lewis story -- The zipper club : the Dan Reeves story -- Bears and Grabowskis : the Mike Ditka story.
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GV939.A1 L96 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Twenty-five NFL greats share their own personal stories of struggle and triumph about what it has been like to retire from the sport they love. Photos.

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Booklist Review

You've been one of the best at your sport since high school. Thousands cheer you on, and the money is huge. Then it's over, and you're still in your thirties. In this memorable piece of oral history, 20 "recovering" NFL players remember their careers and--more significantly--the trauma of their retirement from a game that had been their life. The first year All-Pro safety Johnny Sample was out of football he needed his best friend to call him at least a couple of times on NFL game days to ease the transition out of football. The 12-step language of recovery is appropriate here because most of these men were competition addicts, and that isn't a trait turned on and off like a kitchen tap. (Those who had the easiest transitions--coaches Mike Ditka and Dan Reeves, among them--were able to channel their competitiveness into another venue.) Author Lyon stays out of the way, letting the players tell their stories, and Zordich's photographs capture these warriors emeritus at their anguished ease. --Wes Lukowsky