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Forgotten Sundays: A Son's Story of Life, Loss, and Love from the Sidelines of the NFL Hardcover – April 22, 2014

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“One needs a box of Kleenex, but not many hours to read this memoir of love, loss and triumph that flows like a Pulitzer Prize winning novel. Gerry Sandusky is a long term friend, but I did not know he was such a gifted writer. This book will make you appreciate your loved ones even more.”
—Ben Carson,Professor Emeritus of Neurosurgery, Oncology, Plastic Surgery and Pediatrics , Johns Hopkins Medicine Chairman.

"An excellent account of the emotional rollercoaster of the NFL and the impact this has families"
—Larry Csonka, , NFL Hall of Fame Running Back

"Inside a sport so clearly measured by lines, scores, and time, Forgotten Sundays takes readers into a world not often explored in football, a world of relationships. This book delves between the games that define careers and explores the relationships that shape lives, transcend generations, and ultimately give strength and value to a name."
—Adam Schefter, ESPN

"John Sandusky was more than a coach—he was a role model who showed everyone around him how to balance professional and personal responsibilities. Even though he wasn’t my position coach, Coach Sandusky taught me a lot about the game of football and what it meant to be a player in the NFL. His dedication, work ethic and passion for the game rubbed off on anyone who was fortunate to be around him. And he was a friend who always emphasized the importance of family—what it meant to be a husband and a father. Those twin loves—football and family—are described in eloquent detail by his son, Gerry, in Forgotten Sundays, a loving portrait of a great coach and a great man.”
—Dan Marino

"A father gives you much more than a name. He gives you pride, honor and love. This is the story of how a son refused to let all that be taken from him, no matter the price."
—Rick Reilly, ESPN commentator and essayist

"My father meant the world to me and taught me so much about baseball and life. It was heart warming to read the story of Gerry and his Dad in this wonderful book."
—Brooks Robinson, Baseball Hall of Famer

"Gerry Sandusky has truly lived the football life. Forgotten Sundays is a poignant look at growing up in the NFL and what family meant to him.
—Fred Gaudelli, producer NBC Sunday Night Football

"This is a powerful story filled with emotion and insight about a father, a son, and football."
—NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

"A career in professional sports (or coaching if you want) represents ashared sacrifice for an entire family but that sacrifice can also bring families together. In Forgotten Sundays Gerry Sandusky perfectly encapsulates and describes that unique dynamic."
—Ross Tucker, Broadcaster and Host of the Ross Tucker Football Podcast

“If you've ever had a coach, a mentor, a teacher who helped you become something special, then you understand John Sandusky. He didn't seek the spotlight. He helped others shine. This book provides a unique insight how John played a key role in our success, but even more important it shows from a personal perspective how he was able to stand up to pain and loss without losing character or integrity. It paints a picture of a great coach and a great family man."

—Bob Griese, Former Miami Dolphins Quarterback, NFL Hall of Famer

"I was a player for the Miami Dolphins during the trials and tribulations described in the book. Well written with a lot of thought and love. You don't have to play football to feel the impact of this book. This will inspire you to think long and hard about the value of a name and how men communicate life's important lessons to each other--frequently without saying a word."
—Don Strock, Former Miami Dolphins Quarterback

"William Faulkner said, ‘The poet’s voice need not merely be the record of man. It can be one of the pillars to help him endure and prevail.’ This book by Gerry Sandusky is a piece of poetry, a beautifully told story about what makes the game of football in modern America the essence of a man’s life – the twin pillars of faith and family."
—Sal Paolantonio, ESPN National Correspondent and author of How Football Explains America

"From early morning mass to late night meetings to listening to him sing Danny Boy—a story filled with priceless memories that bring to life the wonderful human being that was John Sandusky."
—Don Shula

"Whether it's for the entertaining flashback to the NFL and how the game looked and felt to those of us who grew up watching it in the late '60s and '70's, or the heartwarming remembrance of the father-son relationship that is at the heart of Forgotten Sundays, Gerry Sandusky's touching memoir of family, football and life's passage of time is a gift of a book."
—Don Banks, Sports Illustrated NFL Senior Writer

"This is a moving story about a complex father and son relationship, but also so much more. Part sports history, part family drama it is chock full of characters ranging from Johnny Unitas and Joe Namath to Don Shula, from Big John Sandusky to Grandmom "Iron Lil." It is a narrative of loss and redemption both on and off the field, and one that you don't have to be a sports fan to thoroughly enjoy. Sandusky has captured perfectly the many ups and downs and life lessons learned while growing up in the shadow of a bigger than life character. Lessons and a character that the reader will not soon forget."
—Sean McManus, President of CBS Sports

About the Author

Gerry Sandusky is the sports director of WBAL in Baltimore and the radio play-by-play voice of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens. An award-winning journalist, Gerry is a frequent guest on NFL Network, ESPN Radio, and flagship radio stations of NFL teams. He also manages The Sandusky Group, a media consulting company. Gerry lives in Baltimore, Maryland.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; First Edition edition (April 22, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076245248X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762452484
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #829,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Gerry Sandusky, is the author of Forgotten Sundays, the play-by-play voice for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, the sports director for Baltimore's WBAL TV, and a noted authority on communication, motivation, perception, and change.

Gerry has won Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards for outstanding broadcasts.

The son of former NFL coach, John Sandusky, Gerry has found his own niche in coaching as president of The Sandusky Group, a communications, media, and presentation skills coaching and consulting firm. Gerry's coaching and consulting work has one focus: Help professionals shine.

Gerry and his wife founded the Joe Sandusky Fund, to honor Gerry's late brother. The fund grants college scholarships to students who demonstrate passion, talent, initiative, and a drive to fulfill their dreams.

Gerry lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife Lee Ann and his children Katy and Zack.

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More please Mr. Gerry (that is Gerry with a "G" NOT the Penn State pedophile Jerry with a "J") Sandusky. Sandusky's new memoir Forgotten Sundays is a moving account of a complicated family. It is peppered with NFL legends and behind the scenes glimpses of what it is really like to grow up immersed in the world of professional football. The book is so powerful that even if you do not know what NFL stands for the book stands alone . Sandusky is hard on himself but markedly less hard on others- including his father. Faced with terrible loss- more than once- Sandusky questions his faith and the faith of his father. He gives us a glimpse of his Mom's reaction to shared tragedies but treads most lightly here for reasons that become self evident.
Sandusky shares his journey to forgiveness with not only artful words but with compelling examples that many of us would be hard pressed to measure ourselves against.
Forgotten Sundays does not just make you cry- as I was reading it - in one straight sitting - my wife kept asking me why I was laughing. Sandusky's descriptions of youthful hijinks (drinking stolen beers with the sons of other players and coaches) are laugh out loud funny. When he describes the timbre of his fathers voice and the "G_damnit face" when he is in trouble- or thinks he is, the young person in all of us can relate.When he comes up with a strategy to include the only Jewish kid at training camp you can see Big John's - and Ruth's- essential humanity was not lost on their son.
Mr. Sandusky shares a name - but a different spelling - with the infamous Jerry Sandusky. Unfortunately, Gerry Sandusky, a much loved sportscaster in the Baltimore area, and his family, caught much misdirected hatred after the Penn State revelations.
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Thanks for sharing your world with us, a wonderful ride of family and sports. I was taken back to a better place and time, rooting for my Baltimore Colts, again. I was taken back to a buried memory, visiting my own father in the grasp of dreaded Alzheimer's.
Wonderfully written, perfectly paced...a great read. As a son, father and brother, I shared many emotions you have evoked.

Jimmy Valvano stated it this way... To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. Number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special."

I laughed, it sure makes you think and boy did I cry...this book is "something special". Thanks, Gerry
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Gerry Sandusky’s book, “Forgotten Sundays: A Son’s Story of Life, Loss, and Love from the Sidelines of the NFL,” is one darn good read. Baltimoreans know Gerry primarily from his sports’ commentator post at WBAL-TV. Lately, he’s branched out to do the play-by-play accounts on radio for the Baltimore Ravens, a National Football League team. In both sports-related personas, Gerry is known as a highly-competent professional.

When Gerry was at the Barnes & Noble’s bookshop in Baltimore, on June 15, 2014, discussing and signing his book, I got the distinct impression that this guy really knows his NFL stuff, like a genuine insider. I also had a chance to see his softer side, especially when he recalled his evolving relationship over the years with his late father, John Sandusky. (1) He died in a nursing home in Florida, age 80, in 2006. John had been ravished for the last five years of his life by the terrible disease of Alzheimer.

Gerry’s tome is essentially a father-son story, but it is much more - think family, work, church and life. There’s plenty of football in this book, but it’s mostly utilized as a backdrop. Gerry’s dad, John, played and/or coached in the NFL for forty-three seasons. He started his playing career with the legendary Cleveland Browns. They won three NFL titles in the 50s, under the great coach/manager Paul Brown. John coached in the NFL for thirty-five of those 43 years as an assistant, except for one year, 1972, when he served as the head coach for the Baltimore Colts.

If you know anything about pro football, then you know that “Sunday,” game day, is the day of the week that really counts. On many of those Sundays, Gerry was with his dad at the ball park; whether it was in Philadelphia, Baltimore and/or Miami.
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Gerry with a G weathered the agony of being a Sandusky when Jerry Sandusky of Penn State made that name a byword for child sex rapist. His courage in the face of unearned hate and vitriol, and his strength in leading his family to stand as "lighthouses" in the storm"s ferocity led him to write this beautiful tribute to his father, the late NFL icon John Sandusky. If you are a football enthusiast, especially a Dolphins, Colts or Ravens fan, you will be caught in the nostalgia of glory days spent with Shula, Unitas and Marino. If you have ever lived through pain or grief you will find yourself weeping for the loss of a beloved brother, mother, father. But more than anything else, if you have ever loved deeply, you will walk with Gerry Sandusky as he tells the story of his relationship with his father, and the ways in which that bond influenced every other facet of his life. Gerry Sandusky"s story will touch you regardless of what inspired you to buy this book.
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