A hugely popular and beloved football commentator and former player with the Indianapolis Colts and the Baltimore Ravens, Tony Siragusa offers his uncensored insider's look at the NFL and his hilarious take on life off the gridiron. TheNew York Timescalled him a ""modern-day John Madden."" Tony Soprano called him ""Frankie Cortese."" His teammates called him ""Goose."" Whatever you call him, Tony Siragusa is larger than life in every possible sense, from his personality to his physique to his colorful career, hilarious stories, and bombastic take on life. Gooseis the book that Siragusa's fans have been clamoring for, to hear more from the Super Bowl champ-turned-commentator-turned-actor, who has brought his unmistakable style and intense love for life to every endeavor. In a memoir that is guaranteed to make you laugh, cheer, shake your head, laugh some more, and then think seriously, Siragusa offers stories, life lessons, and perspective gained from his unbelievable collection of experiences. He also offers a no-holds-barred look at the NFL, with locker room stories and surprising glimpses at the way things are done when the cameras (or the refs) aren't looking.
Siragusa, former defensive tackle for the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens known as Goose to his family and legions of fans, wasn't always a successful athlete, encountering naysayers, injuries and a career that nearly didn't happen, which he relates in his breezy, opinionated, and funny account from the front lines of the game. At 12, when he doesn't make the cut for his Little League all-star team, he takes the sting from that blow and using it as fuel to triumph over rejection, a turning-point lesson he will revisit again and again. "If they want to get me fired up, don't pick me. Bet against me.... When I'm the underdog, watch out." After Siragusa injures both knees in college, losing a season to rehab, he finds himself sitting out 12 rounds of the 1990 draft and not getting picked. The Colts ultimately sign him, but don't want him to even come for off-season workouts. Then the team doctor looks at his knees and says he'll be lucky to have a few years. So begins the first of Siragusa's 12 years in the NFL. Off the field, Goose's big mouth and antics turn him into a radio star, laying the groundwork after his retirement to become a commentator for Fox and cohost of the television show Man Caves. Although football lovers will appreciate the insider details, Siragusa is more than just the sum of his shoulder pads, offering an ode to tight-knit clans, small towns, and perseverance in the face of huge odds. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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September 04, 2012
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