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3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  152 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
From the moment he signs his big contract with the NFL, Clay Blackwell's talents plunge him into a realm of ruthlessness, lawlessness and a conspiracy that makes playing for the Ruffians of Birmingham, Alabama, the most dangerous job a man could have.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published December 1st 1999 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1993)
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Reed Johnson
Feb 17, 2017 Reed Johnson rated it really liked it
I hope this isn't the true NFL.
Dec 28, 2009 Kellie rated it really liked it
I remember Tim Green when he played for Syracuse and then Atlanta. Being from Syracuse, I’m a big Orange fan. Bob Costas hit the nail on the head when he said, of Green, “One is considered fortunate to be blessed with either brain or brawn. Tim Green has been blessed with both.” This is the first book I’ve read by Green. It’s a fantastic book about football as a rookie in the NFL. So many thoughts went through my head when I was reading. How much of this book was autobiographic? I hope almost no ...more
May 22, 2009 Steven rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of football or Tim Green
Enjoyable story about an ill-fated fictional NFL team that finally begins to win games after a maverick owner hires a do-anything-to-win coach. Soon nearly all the players are on the juice. The main character, a superstar in his own right, resists the pressure to take Steroids and the coach benches him until he finally gives in.

Interesting fictional journey into the "what-ifs." Although the main character is clearly autobiographical in many, many ways, nothing else about this book appears true.
Aug 22, 2008 Kay rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Men who like football!
Shelves: fiction
This is the first book Tim Green wrote. If it was the first book of his I read, I wouldn't have bothered with the rest! It is pure football without murder, mayhem, blackmail etc.. I'm just not a football type of gal! It did have the steroids aspect, but otherwise it was football, football and more football!
Dec 19, 2012 Sheila rated it liked it
Shelves: spirituality
A good read, but not too gripping. A lot of football play by play. Good for its insight into pro football. I would give it a 3 starts.
Great book by an excelloent author.
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Tim Green, for many years a star defensive end with the Atlanta Falcons, is a man of many talents. He's the author of such gripping books for adults as the New York Times bestselling The Dark Side of the Game and a dozen suspense novels, including Exact Revenge and Kingdom Come. Tim graduated covaledictorian from Syracuse University and was a first-round NFL draft pick. He later earned his law deg ...more
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