Taking Flakby Dan Pastorini, John P. Lopez
No one-least of all Pastorini-knew what the next turn would bring. His life was indulgent, brilliant, cursed and humbling. He was known a s the toughest man in football, a
He was an NFL superstar and Drag Racing icon. He had Hollywood starlets on his arm and a legion of fans in the palms of his hands. Dan Pastorini lived on the edge and palye don the brink.
No one-least of all Pastorini-knew what the next turn would bring. His life was indulgent, brilliant, cursed and humbling. He was known a s the toughest man in football, a cover-boy heart-throb and a soft-hearted friend. He changed the way NFL quarterbacks played the game, donning the first Flak Jacket to protect three shattered ribs. He threw perhaps the most fateful pass in playoff history, a controversial championship moment that led to use of NFL replay. He was involved in a tragic speed boating accident. He beat "Big Daddy" Don Garlits and all of drag racing's best. He was the hero in the most triumphant return an NFL team ever received. He never backed down from anything or anyone, falling into notorious scraped and life-altering lows. He married a Playboy model and posed for Playgirl. He dated Farrah Fawcett and was the most iconic figure in a Wild West era when Texas oil boomed and gluttony prevailed.
Dan Pastorini never has told the whole story. Until now. This is the story of a gifted, hard-driving kid from California who never stopped going fast or chasing dreams. No matter how much flak he took.
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Many authorized biography books hit the market with the majority of the storyline and recollections told by third parties. Not so, here. Dante Pastorini tells his entire story straight from the heart and directly from his personal, "matter of fact" recollections of his remarkable life. With the expert assistance of respected Sports Illustrated writer, John P. Lopez, Pastorini pulls no punches as he gives a refreshing, illuminating account of his childhood and the driving forces behind his competitive nature, his storied athletic prowess, both from a football and baseball perspective, but also on land and water from a racing perspective and an unflinching look back on the National Football League as it was in the 1970's. Also, Dante Pastorini was one of the most recognizable and most beloved players in 1970's around the NFL and his prowess with women, fast cars, and tough, gritty football play are the stuff of legend. Any sports fan around in the 1970's was well aware of the impact the NFL Houston Oilers "Luv Ya Blue" era had on America with such "larger than life" personalities such as coach O.A. "Bum" Phillips, Earl Campbell, Carl Mauck and Dante himself. Pastorini's candor in telling his story is refreshing in a day when athletes seem to go for the easy quote or the rewriting of history to perhaps "varnish" and polish their legacy, regardless of the truth. Not so here. This, ultimately, is a story of victory and a very honest look at the ups and downs of celebrity, even within one's own family. It is very clear that Mr. Pastorini used great restraint in telling many of his stories, as I got the feeling that I was wishing the book was at least 500 pages or more just to have him expound upon some of the many varied, yet brief, "to the point" recollections throughout the years. Believe me, this guy's life was that rich and full of experiences and I finished the book wanting even more. I got the feeling from reading this story that Mr. Pastorini has evolved greatly from his early legendary wild days, found peace and happiness and is in a good place in his life. Highly recommended....!
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this auto biography. I was a fan of Dan Pastorini as a kid from what I saw on TV. Now I am a fan of his for what I know about him as a man.