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Taking Flak: My Life In The Fast Lane Hardcover – October 5, 2011
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About the Author
John is a regular contributor for SportsIllustrated.com and TexAgs.com, as well as co-host of CBS Houston's morning sports talk show, Vandermeer & Lopez. John also has written for the Bryan Eagle, San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle. He has been named Texas' best sports columnist and earned national recognition from the Associated Press Managing Editors and Associated Press Sports Editors. He has appeared on The Today Show, ESPN Sports Center, Dateline NBC, CNN Sports at Night, CBS This Morning and ESPN's Outside The Lines. He has been a Baseball Hall of Fame voter since 1999 and a Heisman Trophy voter since 1985. In 1997, John co-authored Landing On My Feet - A Diary Of Dreams, with 1996 Olympic gold medalist Kerri Strug. He has three children - Jacob, BG and Leah - and lives in Humble, Tx, with his wife, Jan, and loyal dog, Gibson. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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I thought I had seen some fast times as an NFL player '69 to '76, with 2 years as an L.A. Ram and on a K.C. Super Bowl team. But not like Dan lived it. I never met him, but knew Dan was a tough, talented QB and great team leader. His book made me laugh out loud, slap my forehead and wonder how he could fit all that action into one lifetime.
Pastorini's inside view of NFL teams, coaches, players and owners is candid and insightful for fans interested in what it was really like. The injuries, the playing with pain that would keep the average person in bed, were part of the NFL life I have rarely seen described so well. And Dan's romantic escapades, even in the wild 1970's, were off the wall. It was interesting for me to learn about the auto and drag boat racing life from his insider perspective, too.
I recommend the book and bought a dozen for friends and family after I read it.