Alone in the Trenches: My Life as a Gay Man in the NFL

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This is Esera Tuaolo's own searing story of terror and hope. A Samoan raised on a Hawaiian banana plantation, he had a natural talent, football. He went on to play for five NFL teams: the Green Bay Packers, the Minnesota Vikings, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Carolina Panthers, and the Atlanta Falcons in the 1999 Super Bowl. But for the nine years he played professional football he lived in terror that when his face flashed upon the TV screen, someone would divulge his darkest ...

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Alone in the Trenches: My Life as a Gay Man in the NFL

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Overview

This is Esera Tuaolo's own searing story of terror and hope. A Samoan raised on a Hawaiian banana plantation, he had a natural talent, football. He went on to play for five NFL teams: the Green Bay Packers, the Minnesota Vikings, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Carolina Panthers, and the Atlanta Falcons in the 1999 Super Bowl. But for the nine years he played professional football he lived in terror that when his face flashed upon the TV screen, someone would divulge his darkest secret. Esera Tuaolo is gay.

Alone in the Trenches takes you inside the homophobic world of professional football and describes fears that almost drove him to suicide. He evokes heartbreak—how his older brother, Tua, died of AIDS—and hope when, Esera, a deeply devout Christian fell in love and started a family.

"Tuaolo emerges in these pages as a complex, intellectually curious and fascinating individual defined neither by his choice of career nor by his sexual orientation." —Booklist

"Tough, tender and brutally honest." —Robert Lipsyte, former New York Times sports columnist

"Even I was not prepared for his amazing life story." —Billy Bean, author of Going the Other Way

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402209239
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 984,508
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Esera Tuaolo lives with his partner and their two adopted children in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. He travels the country giving talks about intolerance and is putting together a one-man show of his life, which he hopes to bring to Broadway. John Rosengren is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in more than 75 publications ranging from Reader's Digest to Sports Illustrated. He is the author of Blades of Glory.

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Table of Contents

The Torments of Success
God Bless My Daddy
Baby Fridge
Who's Esera Tuaolo?
Killer Beavers
Road to the Draft
Lombardi's House
A Samoan in Green Bay
Mississippi Brawling
My Brother Tua
If You Make the Team
Play through the Pain
A McDonald's Wedding
The Past Can Destroy the Future
Champions for Christ
We're Going to Miami
Super Bowl XXXIII
I Can't Lose This Man
That's the Big Secret
Acknowledgments

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  • Posted April 24, 2012

    Good book

    A quick read, very informative and realistic autobiography. The reader get a sense of Tuaolo as a real person, and very human.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2006

    Opening One's Eyes

    This book is as revealing and provoking as any I have ever read. It has much to offer parents, teachers or anyone who works with kids. All who read it will have a much better understanding that homophobia is only one way of life.

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