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Sack Exchange: The Definitive Oral History of the 1980s New York Jets Paperback – September 1, 2011
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"I loved the way you've written the book and the way it is all broken down. A great read and info from those days and it sure was interesting to see what all everyone had to say. I would love to go through that era again with those same fellas. Your book really brought back some great and wonderful memories." —Chuck Ramsey, Former New York Jets Punter
"If you’re one of those fans who stepped on the Jets bandwagon for the Rex Ryan-Mark Sanchez years, here’s the story of an earlier, wild and woolly era -- one often overlooked in favor of the Joe Namath Super Bowl team." —Billy Heller, New York Post ("Required Reading" selection)
"'Sack Exchange' provides some startling insights into one of the most storied teams of all time. As usual, Prato digs deep for his facts and leaves no stone unturned in fashioning a story that will beguile and amaze readers from the get-go." —Steven Rosen, curledup.com
"Greg paints a picture where you feel like you're right in the locker room with these guys...or hanging out with them back in the day in the NYC clubs during the Koch era. There is not a single true Jets fan on the planet that shouldn't own this book." --Keith Roth, The Electric Ballroom Radio Show
"Sack Exchange will appeal to readers in the New York–New Jersey area and all Jets fans." —Library Journal (August 15, 2011)
"This is an authentic read for any Jets fan or football fanatic to enjoy." --Long Island Pulse
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Also, Greg has been interviewed on such radio shows as 'Eddie Trunk Live,' 'The Ron and Fez Show,' 'Kick Out the Jams,' and 'The Electric Ballroom,' and has had his books heralded on such TV or radio programs as 'That Metal Show' and 'The Howard Stern Wrap Up Show.'
Top Customer Reviews
Prato's interviews reveal how the four members of the NY Sack Exchange became NFL celebrities as defensive linemen, at a time when quarterbacks and running backs tended to get all of the glory in the sports media. By 1981, the members of the Sack Exchange had become household names and helped make the New York Jets a contender for the Super Bowl.
Prato should also be applauded for revealing one key tidbit about how the worlds of rock music and pro football came together in the mid-80s. Mark Gastineau and Edward Van Halen became good friends during this time, and Van Halen even stood on the sidelines during games to watch his friend play.
So it's more than just a usual writer "opinion" book, it's authentic.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Big long winded book of short quotes of all the players in the 80's. Nothing in it for a Jet fan that he don't already know. Way too long of a book. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jpags
This book is a must for any Jets fan. Each chapter is dedicated to a year from the 80's with the highs of the AFC championship appearance in beginning of the decade to the debacle... Read morePublished 13 months ago by P Magnum
This was great. The Jets I grew up with and their voices being heard. Hearing the personal stories is certainly a different perspective than what the media would portray!Published on December 20, 2013 by fishdoctor
Whether you are a Jets fan or not, this is a great read. Reading stories and observations by the players and people surrounding that part of the Jets history provides the reader... Read morePublished on November 6, 2013 by jpanarese
I really enjoyed the book. I was born in 1979, and this definitely gave me a lesson in jets history!Published on September 20, 2013 by Peter James DiVito
The 'Sack Exchange' book was so inspiring that I put on my old Klecko jersey, and tackled my father down the steps! If that story doesn't sell some books, I don't know what will...Published on March 2, 2012 by Al Tag
This book brought back many memories for me as I read some of the history of the 1980's New York Jets. Read morePublished on November 24, 2011 by DCJ
I picked up this book on a lark. I couldn't believe anyone would write about the early '80's Jets, which were the team I had grown up on through the triumphs and heartbreaks. Read morePublished on November 7, 2011 by A. Krieg