Saddle up, Charlie: Charlie Wysocki's Journey from Gridiron Glory into Mental Illness

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"Saddle-up, Charlie." With those words University of Maryland football coach Jerry Claiborne nudged Charlie Wysocki toward the playing field as the punt return unit headed toward the sideline. Charlie knew what was expected. He would take the hand-off from quarterback Boomer Esiason and rush toward the slice of daylight created by his offensive line, over and over again until he reached the end zone.

With each punishing foray into enemy territory, Charlie put a greater distance between himself and the lost boy ...

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"Saddle-up, Charlie." With those words University of Maryland football coach Jerry Claiborne nudged Charlie Wysocki toward the playing field as the punt return unit headed toward the sideline. Charlie knew what was expected. He would take the hand-off from quarterback Boomer Esiason and rush toward the slice of daylight created by his offensive line, over and over again until he reached the end zone.

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983328513
  • Publisher: Terremoto Grande Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/21/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 500,176
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    I came to this book as a football fan who remembered Charlie Wys

    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.

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