Millions watch the game. Billions of dollars are spent on it every season. But few people know what really goes on behind the scenes of professional football. In this book, eight-year NFL veteran Tim Green reveals--for the first time--the scandals, the horrors, the abusers, and also the wonders of playing football. Readers will discover things the ...Read MoreMillions watch the game. Billions of dollars are spent on it every season. But few people know what really goes on behind the scenes of professional football. In this book, eight-year NFL veteran Tim Green reveals--for the first time--the scandals, the horrors, the abusers, and also the wonders of playing football. Readers will discover things the NFL powers-that-be don't want anyone to know--the unreported things that happen on the field, in the locker room, and on the sidelines every day. It's the truth behind the NFL.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 1996-06-03 A former player for the Atlanta Falcons and now a TV broadcaster on the Fox network, Green (Titans) has an enduring love for football, but that does not prevent his seeing the unlovelier aspects of the sport. Chief among them are the physical tolls the game exacts: every player, he stresses, suffers discomfort in every game of every season. The injuries are usually temporary but are sometimes permanently disabling, including concussions (Green had 12 during his career). There are the hardships of training camps and exhibition games, which sap athletes' energies even before the regular season starts, violent players and team doctors who urge even wounded players to stay on the field. Enemies may be teammates, since offensive and defensive units each have special bonds. Other obstacles include performance drugs, artificial turf, rowdy fans and the media, resented because reporters have never played pro football and, in Green's view, don't know what they are writing about. The author also provides insights into good and bad venues, superstitions, agents and the realities of play: "If you ain't cheatin', you ain't tryin'." Eye-opening for grid fans. Available as a Time Warner AudioBook. (Aug.)
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