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False Glory: Steelers and Steroids : The Steve Courson Story Hardcover – December, 1991

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Courson, an offensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1977-85, continues his ``crusade...to tell the truth'' about the use of steroids in the NFL and the crucial need for more research into their long-term effects. Suffering from cardiomyopathy, the 300-pound Courson, a weightlifter and sometime pro wrestler, is currently in need of a heart transplant. He doesn't directly blame his condition on steroid abuse (as does fellow ex-pro Lyle Alzado, stricken with cancer), but believes there is a connection. A ``chemically- augmented athlete'' since 1974, when he indulged in his first Dianabol ``cycle'' at the Univ. of South Carolina, Courson admits to using a wide variety of ``performance-enhancing drugs'' to keep his job and further his career. By 1985, when he went public in a controversial Sports Illustrated article, Courson was injecting four different drugs twice a week. Here, he blasts the NFL for ignoring the problem, for weak drug policies, and for underestimating the extent of steroid use among players. Citing the case of Brian Bosworth, who tested positive prior to signing a lucrative contract, Courson, with the deft aid of editor and columnist Schreiber, makes a strong argument that the NFL rewards the bigger, stronger, faster athlete--regardless of how he got that way. He singles out his former coach at Pittsburgh, Chuck Noll, for turning ``a blind eye to the situation.'' Noll's testimony before a 1989 Senate committee, Courson writes, was ``thoughtless and hypocritical.'' Based on what he now knows, Courson states that if he could relive his life he would not only avoid steroids but would not become a pro-football player. He regrets, he says, ``selling myself out to the system by using drugs to compete.'' Controversial--and, at times, illogical, emotional, and self- serving; but, still, an undeniably poignant, important, and informative salvo in a real war on drugs. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Longmeadow Pr; First Printing edition (December 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0681411872
  • ISBN-13: 978-0681411876
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,551,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 14, 1998
Format: Hardcover
A candid, no-nonsense account of the life of a professional athlete. A must read for anyone with an interest in anabolic steriods,life in the NFL, and the mindset of athletes and coaches from the pee-wee level all the way up to the echelons of professional sports. Steve conveys his intentions/feeling in a non-sanctimonious,non-selfserving style and manner. Speaks of the character building and comraderie of sports and on the flip side- the "win -at-all costs" of sports. I believe he has something for everyone in this book. The most re-read book I have..READ IT!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 9, 2008
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I grew up with Steve Courson, player Little League against him, and knew him both before and after he attended the University of South Carolina. When he came home, after a year at college, he was significantly larger and more heavily muscled than he had been in high school. In 1975, all of us "knew" merely by looking at him that he was using steroids.

Any notion that somehow neither the college or the Steelers knew about the steroid use is a joke, Rest in peace, Steve.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 26, 1999
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Told in the same vain as "North Dallas Forty", Courson is a wake up call to all fan(atics) who glorify sports and its participants. Although I can appreciate the artistry of Michael Jordan and the mastery of Muhammad Ali, their contributions to Society pails in comparison to the Jonas Salk's and Fred Epstein's of the world. Courson accurately points out the value of sports, in terms of self-esteem, team work, etc. But perhaps more importantly, he brings to light the great inadequacies, false adulations, and how competition at its highest can also bring about the worst in people. One of the best books a young, male adolescent can read and learn what a true role model is....Steve Courson.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By lindy on November 29, 2009
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I always thought there was something behind the so called 'steel curtain'. This book is an eye opener. As far as the condition of the book; it's in great condition. It was delivered in a timely way. I did not experience any problems or delays at all. It should also be noted that Amazon did a very good job of informing me via email about the status of my shipment. I really appreciate good communication. You delivered. I will definately recommend the book and the provider. I will not hesitate to shop for products from this source in the future.
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