The Dark Side of the Game
Millions watch it. Billions are spent on it. Yet few fans know what life is really like in the NFL. Now an eight-year veteran of the game and a rising sports media superstar revealsfor the first timethe pathos, the horror, the abuses, and the wonder of the sport they call professional football.
Fame and fortune, satisfaction, and thrills define the dream of playing in the NFL. But there's a dark side to that dream. And no one knows it better than Tim Green, former defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons, a featured color analyst for Fox Sports, and National Public Radio's weekly NFL commentator.
Unreported things happen during the season when the player is on the fieldand on the sidelines and in the locker rooms. Unreported things also happen during the 149 days of the year when the player is not on the field. All of it takes its toll on the human body and spirit. In professional football, there is a price and it must be paid.
Here's the play-by-play the NFL powers-that-be don't want you to know:
At the same time, you'll meet the NFL's most stellarand most unjustly neglectedpersonalities. The dazzling Deion Sanders, Steve Young, the game's most dangerous player. The sport's most outspoken former coach, Jerry Glanville. Not to mention Green's unexpected choice for most valuable man in the NFL: strength and conditioning coach Mike Woicik.
Most of all, you'll soar with the spirit that no corruption can ever kill. The spirit that lives in school teams and sandlot games, and inspires kids to get up, over and over again. The spirit that stays with them as they grow to manhood and urges them to success in every field they tackle. The spirit that tells them they can do it, as long as they aren't afraid to dream.
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THE DARK SIDE OF THE GAME
Hardcover: Warner Books, August 1996, ISBN: 0-4465-2033-0
Paperback: Warner Books, November 1997, ISBN: 0-4466-0520-4
Audio editions also available
"Eye-opening... illuminates life on pro-football teams... Tim Green continues his very impressive transition from athlete to author. Wisely, he avoids lurid prose, understanding that a sober, even-handed approach makes his NFL revelations all the more jolting."
Dallas Morning News
"Shows the realness of life in the NFL without exaggeration."
Deion Sanders, All-Pro Cornerback, Dallas Cowboys
"Football fans know what the NFL looks like on Sunday, but Tim Green takes you inside the life of an NFL player Monday to Saturday and he does this to perfection."
Merril Hoge, former NFL running back, Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears
"Green writes from the heart... fascinating... good reading."
Newark Star Ledger
"A true view of life in the NFL that only a former player could write about."
Al Toon, former All-Pro Wide Receiver, New York Jets
"Candidly illustrates the game as few have... should be passed out to wide-eyed rookies or to those who wished they had pursued an NFL dream. Pro football has finally found a competent, literate voice."
St. Petersburg Times
"Enlightening, intelligent, serious, honest... always interesting and frequently fascinating."
"An insider's account... one for your collection."
"A vivid storyteller... in a crisp writing style... reveals a firm grasp of the game's problems... THE DARK SIDE OF THE GAME will educate those unfamiliar with pro football and will give sharper insights even to fans in the know."
"Engagingly written... insightful... refreshing... Football fans will devour this."
"Delivers a clean hit to the underbelly of the National Football League... entertaining... delivers dozens of fascinating factoids... You'll either be howling with laughter or shaking your head in amazement."
Syracuse New Times
"Green shows professional football as it really is in his literate, outspoken manner... a side of the game most of us would never know."
"Enlightening... Green is at his best in simply describing the day-to-day life of an NFL player... THE DARK SIDE OF THE GAME is worth your time."
News Tribune (Tacoma, WA)