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Inside the Helmet: My Life as a Sunday Afternoon Warrior Hardcover – October 9, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham (October 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592402984
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592402984
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,011,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By silent_archimedes on November 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is for those football fans, especially Giants fans, that want to read what a star football player thinks and what he goes through. It's not a book that you should expect to break any new ground in inside sports writing (like Jim Bouton's Ball Four), or have tremendous insights that knock you off the couch. It shouldn't be. I wanted to read this book because I wanted to know what goes through a football player's mind. All we see and read about in sports is through the eyes of the media. Even if the thoughts Strahan talks about are obvious or sometimes embellished, its nice to know that that is what Strahan really thinks and goes through. I like how each chapter clearly discusses an aspect of his football life, ... like all the things they worry about, all the boring things they go through, all the short and long term health effects, the lack of privacy, the lack of independence, the rookie life, the emotional ups and downs of wins and losses. It was also interesting to read about his thoughs on other players and the player relationships. Not every chapter is great, but I think it's to show that football life is not so glamorous. The chapter on what players go through with the football playbook might be boring, but it's precisely the point.

What I took from this book was that I would never want to be a football player. To go through everything he goes through for the money, the three hours on Sunday and the chance for a ring? No thanks. As I am reading this book while the Giants are losing to Dallas, I can't help but think that Strahan knows he is on the doorsteps of retirement, with mixed feelings.

Read the book for what it's for, a fun read about life in football from a football player's mind. If you go in like that, you'll enjoy the book!

(Background: I'm a huge Giants fan, a Strahan fan, and I usually don't read sports books. But after reading this book, I will definitely be reading more sports books)
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By sweet judy on December 28, 2013
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a good and interesting look at a sports figures life and an insite as to what goes on in a sports figures life.
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He gets into great detail when explaining the ups and downs of the game, personal life, and the lifestyle of an NFL athlete.
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By wanda lund on October 1, 2014
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It was a gift I did not read it
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rick Shaq Goldstein on October 21, 2007
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As my title states, there are good and bad parts of this book, and some that to me go past bad to ugly. Let me get to what is to me, the biggest affront in this book. I am a sports fanatic as well as a Viet Nam era veteran, and I believe I speak for a high percentage of veterans when I say: I find it offensive when athletes "over-use" war analogies in describing their job as athletes. As much as I love sports, and played and competed my whole life; in no way does a ball game compare to real war. Don't get me wrong, I have accepted "he's a warrior", or "it's a battle out there." But when Michael states on page 3: "IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE THE MOMENT BEFORE WE ARE ABOUT TO STRAP IT UP, ASK A SOLDIER WHAT HE FEELS THE MOMENT BEFORE HE KNOWS GUNFIRE IS ABOUT TO ERUPT. HOW DO YOU CONTAIN YOURSELF?" That is an insult to every veteran who has ever served, and every active duty service man and woman in a war zone today!

Now to some good: Strahan isn't afraid to talk straight from his gut about opposing players and teammates. He pulls no punches in describing his blow up with teammates Tiki Barber and Plaxico Burress, with or without a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in his mouth. He openly lists his "all-time-cheap-shotters", John Runyan, Steve Wisniewski, Jumbo Elliott, Erik Williams and Kevin Gogan.

Some bad: Fans throughout the world are tired of players saying "it's all about the rings", and then signing with the team that offers the most money, so when Michael says things such as: "Today's player has the money to be more vocal. When I first came into the league, when a coach said something, you swallowed it. But as free agency swept through and changed our game, players attitudes changed.
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