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Jim Otto : the pain of glory
Otto, Jim, 1938-
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Champaign, Ill. : Sports Publishing, [2000]

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viii, 215 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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GV939.O8 O8 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Jim Otto is generally recognized as one of the greatest and most durable centers the game of football has ever seen. He wasn't drafted by any NFL team, so he joined the Oakland Raiders of the new AFL, went on a strength program to increase his weight by 50 pounds, and became Oakland's starting center for the next 15 seasons. Jim Otto: The Pain of Glory is the story about a man who fought through numerous injuries, frequent surgeries, and a myriad of other maladies. Double-zero recalls stories about all of his famous Raider teammates, his most memorable opponents, and the behind-the-scenes life of an NFL Hall of Famer. Otto also tells about how injuries he received as a pro football player have turned his retirement years into a struggle to live.

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Jim Otto, an All-Pro center for the Oakland Raiders for 15 seasons, was the cornerstone of the fierce, win-at-all-costs Raider image. Otto's body bore the scars of those victories; he has endured 37 football-related surgeries. His memoir is a cautionary tale for coaches who tell their young charges to "play through the pain." A second-generation German immigrant from Wausau, Wisconsin, Otto learned early that life's rewards are earned not bestowed; after football, he built a fast-food empire in Northern California, which has made him a millionaire many times over. His story makes interesting, inspirational, even enlightening reading, but it is not exactly entertaining. There is simply too much pain. Otto has refused to be beaten by pain, but it defines his life, at least as he relates it here. Readers will enjoy the war stories from his playing days--and there are plenty of those--but they will come away knowing more than they want to know about knee-replacement surgery. --Wes Lukowsky