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Inside the Helmet: My Life as a Sunday Afternoon Warrior Hardcover – October 9, 2007
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In his thirteen-year career with the New York Giants, Michael Strahan has been named to the Pro Bowl seven times. In 2001 he set the NFL single-season record for sacks, with 22.5, and leads all active players with 129.5. A frequent guest on television sports programs and late- night talk shows, he lives in New York.
Jay Glazer appears on Fox NFL Sunday, serves as a sideline reporter for NFL games, and writes a column for FoxSports.com.
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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." (Note: That's exactly what every red-blooded American sports fan says with disgust from coast to coast!) "Today's player doesn't do much without knowing what kind of security he has. (He) knew the salary-cap ramifications of being cut. If a guy has a cap hit that makes it impossible to cut him, what's a coach going to do to him." And my favorite "spoiled-quote" regarding today's players is: "We are a conglomeration of six-, seven- and eight-figure corporations."
In summary, there are some good tid-bits for the true fan, such as what really happens "under the pile", but there are two chapters, that to get through without falling asleep, you need to be either a division one or professional coach: Chapter 12 "Chess On The Gridiron" and Chapter 14 "Meetings, Monotony, Playbooks and How To Sleep Through It All." (He definitely proves his point in chapter 14!)