The NFL insists players know they're playing a dangerous game, but players never see the deteriorated mental capacities of their former heroes. Throwaway Players is former Tampa Bay Buccaneers president Gay Culverhouse's story of the broken bodies and lost souls of the men who have left the locker room and what remains after the cheering subsides. Focused on making money rather than the well-being of their players, this is the dark side of football the NFL doesn't want fans to see.
Additionally, high schools, colleges, and independent sports organizations have little oversight when choosing player's equipment. This breeds a new generation of kids suffering from multiple concussions and damaged lives. Throwaway Players offers guidance to parents navigating the world of competitive sports as well as advocacy and resources for athletes often left in the dark about appropriate procedures for treating injuries, especially head traumas, specifically brain injury. Throwaway Players is essential reading for any parent, athlete, and sports fan.
Gay Culverhouse testified before Congress on football head injuries and successfully changed the policy of including an independent neurologist on the sidelines of every NFL game. Gay's work with former players has appeared in The New York Times, Sarasota Herald Tribune, St. Petersburg Times, The Tampa Tribune, Time magazine, and many more. She has appeared on several radio shows, including PBS and ESPN, and is featured in three documentaries that are in post-production (with CNN, ESPN, and an independent filmmaker). In November 2009 Gay formed The Gay Culverhouse Players' Outreach Program, Inc., a nonprofit organization to further the work nationally for retired players.
When we first meet him, Michael Oher is one of thirteen children by a mother addicted to crack; he does not know his real name, his father, his birthday, or how to read or write. He takes up football, and school, after a rich, white, Evangelical family plucks him from the streets. Then two great forces alter Oher: the family's love and the evolution of professional football itself into a game where the quarterback must be protected at any cost. Our protagonist becomes the priceless package of size, speed, and agility necessary to guard the quarterback's greatest vulnerability, his blind side.
Jeanne Marie Laskas first met the young forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu in 2009, while reporting a story for GQ that would go on to inspire the movie Concussion. Omalu told her about a day in September 2002, when, in a dingy morgue in downtown Pittsburgh, he picked up a scalpel and made a discovery that would rattle America in ways he'd never intended. Omalu was new to America, chasing the dream, a deeply spiritual man escaping the wounds of civil war in Nigeria. The body on the slab in front of him belonged to a fifty-year-old named Mike Webster, aka "Iron Mike," a Hall of Fame center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, one of the greatest ever to play the game. After retiring in 1990, Webster had suffered a dizzyingly steep decline. Toward the end of his life, he was living out of his van, tasering himself to relieve his chronic pain, and fixing his rotting teeth with Super Glue. How did this happen?, Omalu asked himself. How did a young man like Mike Webster end up like this? The search for answers would change Omalu's life forever and put him in the crosshairs of one of the most powerful corporations in America: the National Football League. What Omalu discovered in Webster's brain--proof that Iron Mike's mental deterioration was no accident but a disease caused by blows to the head that could affect everyone playing the game--was the one truth the NFL wanted to ignore. Taut, gripping, and gorgeously told, Concussion is the stirring story of one unlikely man's decision to stand up to a multibillion-dollar colossus, and to tell the world the truth. Praise for Concussion
"A gripping medical mystery and a dazzling portrait of the young scientist no one wanted to listen to . . . a fabulous, essential read."--Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks "The story of Dr. Bennet Omalu's battle against the NFL is classic David and Goliath stuff, and Jeanne Marie Laskas--one of my favorite writers on earth--makes it as exciting as any great courtroom or gridiron drama. A riveting, powerful human tale--and a master class on how to tell a story."--Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit "Bennet Omalu forced football to reckon with head trauma. The NFL doesn't want you to hear his story, but Jeanne Marie Laskas makes it unforgettable. This book is gripping, eye-opening, and full of heart."--Emily Bazelon, author of Sticks and Stones
Pro Bowl star running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons, Warrick Dunn tells his extraordinary story in Running for My Life, a poignant and inspirational true tale of tragedy, success, depression, denial, and ultimately, hope. One of the most gifted players in the NFL, Dunn talks about his remarkable career and accomplishments while sharing the pain of his lifelong battle with depression, a result of losing his mother--a police officer killed while off-duty--when Dunn was 18 Thought-provoking and uplifting, Running for My Life is the story of an exceptional athlete's secret torment and inspiring courage.
As the NFL celebrates its monumental 100th season, this vivid retrospective pays tribute to America's game in spectacular fashion. The superstars, the dynasties, and the most heartstopping, unbelievable moments are all here. With incisive writing and hundreds of the finest historical photos, relive a century's worth of the greatest games and personalities that have captivated football fans everywhere. NFL 100 takes you on a journey through the 100 most essential, influential, and amazing moments in the league's history in breathtaking fashion--it's a journey no fan will want to miss.
I had a hunch we'd be champions
The most unlikely story in the history of sport, told by our greatest football writer
On 25th March 2015, when King Richard III, recently rescued from a municipal car park, was reburied in Leicester Cathedral, his beloved football team had just lost 4-3 to Tottenham Hotspur and were bottom of the Premier League, relegation certainties. With King Richard finally at rest, everything changed for Leicester City.
Here, in his own words, King Richard III tells this, the most remarkable sporting story of all time - how 5,000-1 Premier League outsiders became champions: the goals, the games, the dressing-room banter. He gives us the Jamie Vardy story, from prosthetic-limb factory employee to the most celebrated striker this side of the River Soar; Mahrez, the great Muslim dynamo from Algeria, once stuck in the French seventh tier; the dark days of the sex video and the late December wobble; Lords Drinkwater, Albrighton and the great Tinkerman from Italy, all of them heroes of Shakespearean proportions.
This isn't a fairy-tale, this really happened. From the unsanctioned hand of a much-loved Royal, the greatest football book ever written.
From its inauspicious beginnings as "The First World Championship Game between the AFL and NFL" in 1967 to the raucous worldwide cultural event that was Super Bowl 50, Allan Maki and Dave Naylor count down the greatest moments in each staging of the first 50 Super Bowls.
Be it Joe Namath's guaranteed victory in Super Bowl III or the Miami Dolphins' perfect ending in Super Bowl VII or David Tyree's helmet catch in Super Bowl XLII, all the iconic moments are recounted here, and more
MVP performances and game-changing plays are all included in this action packed book, filled with photos, informative stat boxes and essays that deliver a complete picture of how the biggest game in sports played out, year by year.
One-name heroes like Brady, Montana and Bradshaw share top billing with lesser-known, big-time contributors, like: Max McGee, Timmy Smith and Rod Martin. And what compendium of Super Bowl stories would be complete without a mention of the media moments, famous commercials and controversial plays that sometimes shared center stage with the on-field heroics?
From the highest highs to the lowest lows, Maki and Naylor cover it all in 50 Super Bowls.
"It's sure to be a hit with any gridiron fan."
"A superb book for fans and a compelling history of a great game."
At the heart of Football's Greatest Stars is author Allan Maki's picks for the 50 greatest and most exciting players in the history of professional football. They're all here: from the pioneers of the game to the current stars to the legends headed to the Hall of Fame. Exciting photographs show these past and present superstars in action, and 32 franchise profiles chart the league's rise to the top of professional sports.
This third edition also features a new chapter on the future greats currently rumbling on the field.
Some of the current NFL stars in this edition are:
- Marshawn Lynch
- Russell Wilson
- Aaron Rodgers
- Drew Brees
- Larry Fitzgerald
- Troy Polamalu
- Antonio Gates
- Darrelle Revis
- Antonio Brown
- Rob Gronkowski
- Justin Smith
- Andre Johnson
- Terrell Suggs
- Calvin Johnson
- Joe Thomas
- DeMarco Murray
- DeMarcus Ware
- J.J. Watt
- Patrick Willis
- Richard Sherman.
Allan Maki also examines the sport in two insightful essays: one on the National Football League's spectacular rise to prominence, and the other on the leading men and defining moments that have shaped the league.
Football's Greatest Stars is a must-read for anyone serious about football.
He s been called many things Heisman Trophy winner, MVP, the savior of the Washington Redskins franchise, the next face of the NFL but to his millions of fans across the country, Robert Griffin III is known simply as RG3.
Robert Griffin III was a preternaturally gifted athlete from a young age, but in those days he played nearly every sport "except "football. He seemed pointed toward stardom, but would it be in basketball, his true favorite, or maybe in track, where he qualified for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials as a hurdler? As for playing football, the only sport that really mattered in Griffin s small Texas town, first he had to overcome his mother s objections to the violence and danger which he did by making a Pinkie Promise with her that no one would catch him. Eventually, he began to realize that all of his remarkable talents unrivaled speed, pinpoint accuracy, exceptional intelligence, single-minded drive combined into a potent force that few quarterbacks could rival. What followed seemed almost destined: a football scholarship to Baylor University, three exceptional seasons capped by winning the Heisman Trophy, and the 2012 draft where Griffin, as the second overall pick, became the franchise quarterback for one of the oldest and most storied football teams in the country.
In "RG3: The Promise," "Washington Post" reporter Dave Sheinin provides an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at Griffin s first year in the NFL, from his record-breaking first game to the frightening knee injury that ended the Redskins playoff hopes. An award-winning journalist himself, Sheinin has reported on Griffin s rookie season every step of the way, and now has written a unique, intimate look inside the transformation of one of the NFL s brightest young stars."