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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: ESPN (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933060670
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933060675
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If this isn't you, you really have got the wrong book, because no one else in the whole world will care.
George Aubrey
In his case, its a life long love affair with the LSU Tigers, a team that he had the privilege to captain in 1979.
olingerstories
A must read for any college football fan and for those who enjoy a good story that is genuine and sincere.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rick Shaq Goldstein on December 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is the autobiography of a young man named John Ed Bradley who lettered in football for four years at Louisiana State University. (LSU) Despite the fact that the only position more impressive in Louisiana than playing football for LSU would be Governor, this is oh so much more than a sports story!

John Ed's football career at LSU culminated on December 22, 1979 with a 34-10 victory over Wake Forest in the Tangerine Bowl. At that point John Ed decided to put his entire lifetime football experience behind him, including any contact with any of his teammates or coaches. Though at first blush, the reader might feel, like John Ed did, that this was just a step in the maturation of a child putting aside childhood toys, but twenty-seven years later, John Ed agonizingly realized with excruciating sadness, that his choice reverberated with echoing emptiness in the deepest chambers of his heart and soul.

The writing style of John Ed is akin to romantic poetry, instead of the "click-click-click" staccato you would expect from your everyday sports section in your local newspaper. The reader, with just a little imagination can become ensconced, as if you're involved in a youthful breakup with a lover, that you walked away from a quarter of a century ago, and though you've refused to look back on whether you did the right thing or not so many years ago, an alignment of your life's planets has forced you to re-examine with fresh eyes and heart, the scene you left frozen in another time.

John Ed was asked by teachers, "What was it like?".... He was asked by bankers, "What was it like?"... He was asked by women, "What was it like?" He was asked by students, "What was it like?" "TO PLAY FOOTBALL AT LSU!?"

HE SAID: "WE WALKED BETWEEN THE RAINDROPS.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joseph C. Sweeney on October 18, 2008
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John Ed Bradley's book, out in paperback, is just a heartrendingly pretty and loving glimpse into a former college football player's life after the cheering stops. Mr. Bradley wrote an article for Sports Illustrated back a few years ago that the book is based on, detailing the death of his beloved LSU head coach and Bradley's conflicting emotions concerning his playing days and the aftermath of what was a solid playing career that ended in 1979.

This book is simply wonderful. I read it in a matter of hours, and enjoyed every page, every word. I have not read any of Mr. Bradley's fiction, having only grown familiar with him through his contributions to SI, bit can't recommend this book highly enough for any reader, no matter their age of devotion to college football.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carolina Boy on August 9, 2011
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Finally....finally a book about what it was Like to play for the team you grew up rooting for and what happens when those days are over. I played for University of South Carolina in the mid-90's and can relate to the feelings John Ed had during his playing days and beyond. For those that don't know, playing in the SEC means gigantic stadiums filled with the most passionate fans on the planet and being treated like royalty win or lose. Like John Ed, I miss the little things the most, like 2-a-days, sitting in the locker room with the boys, the camraderie, the parties after games, the Sunday soreness, long film sessions, the anticipation before the games, and the proud looks on people's faces. I lived in a foggy haze after the first few years it was over, and I still wake up every August and think about the start of season and what the boys are going through at this moment. I was able to overcome that emptiness earlier than the author by embracing the "fan" side of football, like tailgating and watching all the college football I could on Saturdays. It's all still with me though. I have a wonderful job, but it can never fill the hole that major college football left. But I know those days are gone, and like John Ed says in the book: An ex-football player with a long memory can be a bore. I keep up with my teammates, attend reunions, and still have a love for the game. My favorite part of the book is when Big Ed relates a recurring dream he has about having one more year of eligibility; I still have that same dream! This is not a play by play football book, or an X's and O's breakdown. It is a book about about the roller coaster ride of your early 20's in the limelight, and dealing with life after the ride stops. I get the rolling of the eyes from people when I say that to understand all of this, you had to be there, but it's the truth. Thank you John Ed for writing this book, which I consider to be the best football book ever written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By olingerstories on October 16, 2011
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John Ed Bradley has a gift. The man can write. But, he also can be so full of himself that when his longtime girlfriend tells him that he makes her sick with his lies and false promises, you're thankful that someone has said what you've been thinking for a hundred pages. The question, however, is whether its true as he is the narrator of the story. Is his self-absorption this great or is it art, the creating of narrative tension. The answer is probably a little of both.

Still, reading this book was both enjoyable and painful with every page turned. Bradley captures the essence of what it means to play for love and honor and team. In his case, its a life long love affair with the LSU Tigers, a team that he had the privilege to captain in 1979. He thinks of his teammates daily although he avoids seeing them for years that turns into decades. But, a visit to his dying Coach Mac makes him reconsider seeing the men who meant so much to his life. The visits are all bittersweet, but yet cleaning for Bradley's guilt. A quiet resolution is seen in the face that when he has the opportunity later in life, he returns to his home town of Opelousas, itself a major character in the book. Very endearing, somewhat exasperating, this is a memorable book.
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