A Few Seconds of Panic by Stefan Fatsis
A 5-Foot-8, 170-Pound, 43-Year-Old Sportswriter Plays in the NFL

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"An insightful and . . . amusing look at the inner workings of pro football" (The New York Times) from the bestselling author of Word Freak

In Word Freak, Stefan Fatsis invaded the insular world of competitive Scrabble players, ultimately achieving an expert-level ranking. Now, in his new book, he infiltrates a strikingly different subculture-pro football. After more than a year of preparation, Fatsis molded his fortyish body into one that could stand up-barely-to the rigors of NFL training. And for three months he became a placekicker for the Denver Broncos. Making the most of unprecedented access to an NFL team and its players, and drawing on his own personal experience, Fatsis with wry candor and hard-won empathy unveils the mind of the modern pro athlete and the workings of a storied sports franchise as no writer has before.

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Stefan Fatsis is a former placekicker for the Denver Broncos. A longtime reporter for The Wall Street Journal, he talks about sports every week on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”He lives in Washington, D.C.
Published July 3, 2008 by Penguin Books. 380 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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While it’s no secret that big-time sports are replete with homophobia, relentless hazing and testosterone both natural and artificial, the players’ fragile psyches and management’s everyone-is-replaceable mentality may surprise and unnerve even hardcore fans.

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It makes for interesting reading because looking at professional football from the viewpoint of the kicking game tells readers a great deal about the modern game.

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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-...

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Budd Bailey 26 Mar 2014

George Plimpton, meet Stefan Fatsis.

Plimpton, you might recall, wrote a book in the early 1960's called "Paper Lion" on his experiences when he participated in the training camp of the Detroit ...

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