NFL Unplugged: The Brutal, Brilliant World of Professional Football

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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 ...

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Overview

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 Strahan
  • An 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 game
  • Written 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.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470522837
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/22/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 987,858
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

ANTHONY L. GARGANO has been the host of the midday show for Philadelphia's top sports radio station, 610 WIP, since 2000. He does pregame and postgame analysis on the local Fox affiliate for the Eagles. He has done the same for the Phillies, in addition to weekly commentaries and sit-down interviews for the 5 and 10 o'clock news and Good Day Philadelphia. Formerly, he was a sportswriter for the New York Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Associated Press in Chicago and is currently a senior writer for AOL Fanhouse.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Prologue 1

1 Pregame 11

2 Training Camp 63

3 The Blessed Day 120

4 Slobberknockers, Misdeeds, and Regrets of Men and Monsters 153

5 The Long Wait for Sunday 193

6 The Pain, the Price, the Glory, and the End Days 205

Index 263

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    Don't waste your time or money

    If you are an NFL fan, this book will not tell you anything you don't already know. Some of the "inside info" includes the fact that players hurt after games. You'll learn some players get into the "zone" before games. Did you know the vets hate training camp? The only reason you didn't write this book is you lack access to football players and can't get quotes. The quality of the writing is equal to the average 11th grade book report. Save your time and money by watching reruns of "Hard Knocks".

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