A Few Seconds of Panic - A 5-foot-8, 170-pound, 43-year-old Sportswriter Plays in the NFL-logo

A Few Seconds of Panic - A 5-foot-8, 170-pound, 43-year-old Sportswriter Plays in the NFL

Stefan Fatsis

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In Word Freak, Stefan Fatsis infiltrated the insular world of competitive Scrabble players, ultimately achieving expert status (comparable to a grandmaster ranking in chess). Now he infiltrates a strikingly different subculture-pro football. After more than a year spent working out with a strength coach and polishing his craft with a gurulike kicking coach, Fatsis molded his fortyish body into one that could stand up-barely-to the rigors of NFL training. And over three months in 2006, he became a Denver Bronco. He trained with the team and lived with the players. He was given a locker and uniforms emblazoned with the number 9. He was expected to perform all the drills and regimens required of other kickers. He ws unlike his teammates in some ways-most notably, his livelihood was not on the line as theirs was. But he became remarkably like them in many ways: he risked crippling injury just as they did, endured the hazing that befalls all rookies, daily gorged on 4,000 calories, and slogged through two-a-day practices in blistering heat. Not since George Plimpton's stint as a Detroit Lion more than forty years ago has a writer tunneled so deeply into the NFL. At first, the players tolerated Fatsis or treated him like a mascot, but over time they began to think of him as one of them. And he began to think like one of them. Like the other Broncos-like all elite athletes-he learned to perfect a motion through thousands of repetitions, to play through pain, to silence the crowd's roar, and to banish self-doubt. While Fatsis honed his mind and drove his body past exhaustion, he communed with every classic athletic type-the afable alpha male, the overpaid brat, the youthful phenom, the savvy veteran-and a welter of bracingly atypical players as well: a fullback who invokes Aristotle, a quarterback who embraces yoga, and a tight end who takes creative writing classes in the off-season. Fatsis also witnessed the hidden machinery of a top-flight football franchise, from the God-is-in-the-details strategizing of legendary

Language:

English

Length:

11h 38m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

08:22


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

23:58


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

31:07


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

35:20


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

21:58


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

32:37


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

32:53


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

48:04


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

50:54


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

38:23


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

26:56


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

44:33


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

38:04


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

26:33


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

26:53


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

24:11


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

20:10


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

34:53


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

30:56


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

20:12


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

24:41


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

45:57


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

10:32