Busted: The Rise and Fall of Art Schlichter

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How Did a Boy from a Little Ohio Farm Town, Raised By Loving Parents who Encouraged his Gift for Basketball and Football, Grow to Become a Young Man Diseased by Pathological Gambling?

How Did the Miami Trace High School Football Star, Courted by the Best Coaches in the Midwest, Become the Ohio State Quarterback Willing to Jeopardize his Career by Lying and Stealing?

How did the Ohio State Quarterback who Led OSU to Two Big Ten Championships and...

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Overview

How Did a Boy from a Little Ohio Farm Town, Raised By Loving Parents who Encouraged his Gift for Basketball and Football, Grow to Become a Young Man Diseased by Pathological Gambling?

How Did the Miami Trace High School Football Star, Courted by the Best Coaches in the Midwest, Become the Ohio State Quarterback Willing to Jeopardize his Career by Lying and Stealing?

How did the Ohio State Quarterback who Led OSU to Two Big Ten Championships and a Rose Bowl Appearance Find Time to Commit Illegal Acts such as Forgery, Fraud, Theft, and Embezzlement to Finance His Gambling Addiction?

How Did A Man with a Glorious Sports Future Ahead of Him Fall from Grace, Deal with his Divorce, his Parents' Divorce, his Father's Suicide, Ten Years in 40 Different Jails and Prisons, Solitary Confinement, and Treatment?

Let Art Schlichter Tell You Himself.

The most-heralded high school quarterback Ohio had ever seen, he evolved into an All-American and Heisman Trophy candidate. By the time he was finished as a Buckeye, Woody Hayes called him the best to ever play for Ohio State.

He had fame, fortune, and matinee idol looks that made women swoon, but beneath his confident exterior, Schlichter's insecurities surfaced in a constant drive to gamble.

By the time he reached his mid-30's, he had gambled away more than $1.5 million, his All-American image, his family, his self-respect, and his freedom.

His father's desire to mold him into an idolized athlete who would win championships and make millions;

How Michigan's Bo Schembechler arranged a clandestine meeting to recruit him;

Living with the fateful interception that led to Woody Hayes's resignation;

The highs and lows of his OhioState career, his frustration with Earle Bruce's conservative offense, and how he once unleashed a tirade at the Buckeyes' head coach and twice considered transferring;

The causes behind his complete failure as an NFL quarterback;

How he gambled to numb the self-inflicted pain until he contemplated suicide;

How he gambled away $120, 000 in two days.

With every page of this 22-chapter tell-all book, Schlichter takes the reader on a riveting roller coaster ride, from the unparalleled highs of being the Big Ten's Most Valuable Player and playing for a national championship in the Rose Bowl to the unbelievable lows of fighting to survive prison's solitary confinement.

Busted is the candid, sometimes shocking, sometimes funny, yet sad story of how a severe gambling addiction controlled the life of one of Ohio's greatest athletes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933197678
  • Publisher: Orange Frazer Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 980,247
  • Product dimensions: 7.12 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue xi

Chapter 1 Locked in "The SHU" 1

Chapter 2 Just a Happy Farm Boy 5

Chapter 3 My First Love 17

Chapter 4 They Tell Me I'm a Superstar 25

Chapter 5 Finally, I'm a Buckeye 38

Chapter 6 A Rosy Year 52

Chapter 7 Who Wants to be a Celebrity? 63

Chapter 8 Frustration and Disappointment 74

Chapter 9 "But I Could've Done Better" 83

Chapter 10 Welcome to the NFL 96

Chapter 11 My Problems Become Public 108

Chapter 12 Hello Indianapolis 124

Chapter 13 Marriage and Fatherhood 132

Chapter 14 Life in the Arena 145

Chapter 15 Bad Beats, Bad Checks, Bad Luck 157

Chapter 16 Lost Again. This Time It's My Freedom 174

Chapter 17 Born to Run 187

Chapter 18 "Don't Worry About Me Arthur. I'll See You Later..." 198

Chapter 19 A Dozen Years Wasted 206

Chapter 20 Discovering Myself 218

Chapter 21 Crack Cocaine of the 21st Century 224

Chapter 22 My Legacy, My Present, My Future 233

Index 241

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  • Posted February 28, 2010

    I just don't understand people like this

    The book is a fast read, written almost like a newspaper article, and depicts the tragic wasted life of Art Schlicter, an All American quaterback and potential NFL superstar. Instead of an NFL career, Schlicter threw away not only his athlectic career, but his integrity, his family and his self respect ending up in a series of prisons because of his addiction to gambling. I can understand physical addictions like drugs, alchohol, or even smoking, but I can't figure Schlicter, who by his own admission said even if he was a sucessful gambler he would have never stopped. It was like a self fulfilling prophecy that until he hit rock bottem and lost evrything in his life that had meaning, including his freedom, he wasn't going to quit. A real sad story that we may not have heard the end of.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2009

    A very honest portrayal of a fallen star.

    An easy read, written in a nice, informal style that makes the reader think that Art Schlichter is sitting right there telling the story.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

    Every time I see #10 on a footbal jersey, I see the face of Art, even remembering "Straight As An Arrow" and the enormous pride I felt that this young man, with family support, did so well.

    The book was difficult to read as I so remember the OSU, the #10, and the family pride we all took in Art. I still find the gambling compulsion that drove him, aided by his "friends" unsettling. To lose ALL before accepting responsibility for his disease brings such sadness to me in that his cries for help went unanswered or unwanted. Imagining the daily horror of a jail cell for a decade is unthinkable. A second read through is a strong recommendation after a time lapse to better get inside his head, to try to understand some of the advice given him by trained psychiatrists....Any OSU football fan will want to read this book; each with his/her own take.

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