- Hardcover: 237 pages
- Publisher: Beaufort Books; 1st ed edition (1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0825301572
- ISBN-13: 978-0825301575
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.1 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,836,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Darryl Stingley: Happy to Be Alive Hardcover – 1983
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Stingley's book is fascinating on several fronts and he's brutally honest about himself and those around him. As a boy growing up in an inner city neighborhood, despite being a little better off than many, he was little hooligan - stealing, fighting, looting. Not that he did this constantly as a way of life, but he was involved in these activities despite his parents trying to keep him out of trouble. As a big man on campus in high school he knocked up his girlfriend Tina, and then knocked her up again when he went to Purdue to play football on a scholarship. He was clearly very immature. Even when he made it to the NFL his lack of maturity showed and he freely admits it in his book. To his credit he stayed with Tina pretty much his entire life, and she with him, despite some separation long after his injury. She clearly was a solid person, nursing him back to health and dealing with an overbearing mother-in-law. They eventually married.
Darryl gives a great deal of detail about his recovery process and the pain and depression that went along with it.Read more ›
A totally unnecessary body blow from Jack Tatum of the Oakland Raiders, left Stingley as a quadraplegic for the rest of his life. This is a story of redemption and acceptance. Jack Tatum was known throughout the NFL as the 'Assassin,' due to his violent, out of control behavior on the field. He would literally do anything to bring a player from the opposing team down. He didn't just tackle the opposition, he demolished them.
Throughout the book, Stingley uses a great deal of humor in order to make light of his very serious medical condition. He was a guy that, unlike Tatum, was nice to one and all. He was willing to forgive Tatum, however, Tatum didn't even have the courtesy to try to get in touch with him for the rest of his life. He never apologized to Stingley, and was widely regarded as one of the meanest people both on and off the field.
Despite Tatums inexcusable behavior, Stingley talks about forgiveness and redemption throughout the book. Stingley was a man of character, and one who would never speak badly of another person. His positive attitude is what enabled him to lead a fulfilling life, despite his devastating injury.
Ironically, Tatum, who suffered from diabetes, had to have some of his toes removed due to the progress of the disease. While I don't like to say that he deserved what he got, it does seem just, considering what he did to Stingley. Both Stingley and Tatum died within a few years of each other.Read more ›