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Captain for Life : My Story as a Hall of Fame Linebacker
by Harry Carson


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"A unique and powerful personal tale about the great joy and devastating price of playing professional football, by a legendary former NFL linebacker"

One of the greatest linebackers to ever play professional football, Harry Carson built a reputation during his 13 years in the NFL as a fearsome, physical and passionate player who would give everything he had to win.  Read more...


 
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Overview

"A unique and powerful personal tale about the great joy and devastating price of playing professional football, by a legendary former NFL linebacker"

One of the greatest linebackers to ever play professional football, Harry Carson built a reputation during his 13 years in the NFL as a fearsome, physical and passionate player who would give everything he had to win. Whether violently tackling running backs, engaging blockers with reckless abandon or ferociously attacking the line of scrimmage, Carson will always be remembered as having played the game the way it's meant to be played--all out.

For the first time ever, this legendary athlete takes readers on an unlikely journey to the NFL that began in the small town of Florence, South Carolina to his days at little known South Carolina State University--and then the bright lights of professional football in New York, playing for the Giants. Carson's story of his life as a football player and after his retirement is more powerful and eye-opening than any that's come before.

Within these pages, Carson reveals the startling truth behind the sacrifices these great warriors make for our entertainment, the thrill of stepping onto a field with 80,000 fans screaming your name, and the debilitating physical and mental toll this violent and uncompromising game takes. With insight into some of the game's biggest stars, from Lawrence Taylor to Bill Parcells to Phil Simms this book is a must for any NFL fan.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312550622
  • ISBN-10: 0312550626
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publish Date: August 2011
  • Page Count: 318
  • Dimensions: 9.48 x 6.45 x 1.19 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.14 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-06-27
  • Reviewer: Staff

Retired New York Giants linebacker Carson (Point of Attack: The Defense Strikes Back) traces his development from a high school player confronted with racism and desegregation, to his election to the Professional Football Hall of Fame. Drafted by the Giants in 1976 when they were "one of the laughingstock teams in the NFL," Carson played for 13 seasons and helped lead the team to its first Super Bowl victory. He suffered numerous injuries and was diagnosed with "postconcussion syndrome" after his career ended. He ultimately concluded that the "toll on my body and my brain... was not worth the glory, fame, or the money." Carson's career was clouded by unfortunate off-field incidents in his final season that put him at odds with his team and coach. His story and effort to expose the long-term results of a contact sport could have been enlightening, but an unnecessary reliance on profanity and lingering animosity toward the Giants and the NFL offsets that possibility. (Aug.)

 
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