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With each punishing foray into enemy territory, Charlie put a greater distance between himself and the lost boy ...
With each punishing foray into enemy territory, Charlie put a greater distance between himself and the lost boy named Charlie DeGraffenreid. Every big gain or touchdown moved him closer to his dream of playing in the NFL
Now Charlie Wysocki finally gets to tell his story. From Pennsylvania high school wrestling champion and college All-ACC football player, his life spiraled down to a depth from which few have ever returned. Charlie still fights today for redemption and a shot at the happiness that mental illness has denied him.
The Wysocki odyssey is an uneasy voyage, but one that will prove too compelling to miss
Posted December 9, 2012
I came to this book as a football fan who remembered Charlie Wysocki from his playing days at Maryland. I came away with a sad understanding of what bi-polar disorder did to his life, and especially to his family.
I was also inspired by Wysocki's ability to just keep going, never asking anyone for sympathy.
I recommend this book to anyone who has struggled with problems bigger than themselves; anyone looking for an inspiration to keep soldiering on.