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Captain for Life

My Story as a Hall of Fame Linebacker

Harry Carson

St. Martin's Press

A unique and powerful personal tale about the great joy and devastating price of playing professional football, by a legendary former NFL linebacker
One of the greatest linebackers to ever play professional football, Harry Carson built a reputation during his 13 years in the NFL as a fearsome, physical and passionate player who would give everything he had to win. Whether violently tackling running backs, engaging blockers with reckless abandon or ferociously attacking the line of scrimmage, Carson will always be remembered as having played the game the way it's meant to be played--all out.
For the first time ever, this legendary athlete takes readers on an unlikely journey to the NFL that began in the small town of Florence, South Carolina to his days at little known South Carolina State University--and then the bright lights of professional football in New York, playing for the Giants. Carson's story of his life as a football player and after his retirement is more powerful and eye-opening than any that's come before.
Within these pages, Carson reveals the startling truth behind the sacrifices these great warriors make for our entertainment, the thrill of stepping onto a field with 80,000 fans screaming your name, and the debilitating physical and mental toll this violent and uncompromising game takes. With insight into some of the game's biggest stars, from Lawrence Taylor to Bill Parcells to Phil Simms this book is a must for any NFL fan.

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Captain for Life
CHAPTER 1Mama's BoyEvery journey has to start somewhere, and mine begins at 404 South John Street, Florence, South Carolina. It is my foundation. It's etched in my mind as my home, even though I was not born there. I was actually born up the street in the next block but was too young when I left there to have any real memories of that house. No hospital for me; I was born at home, which was probably the case for most black children during that time, on November 26, 1953. Midwife Ola Jones delivered me, and since I weighed ten and a half pounds, it was a good bet that I would
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"CAPTAIN FOR LIFE is an incredible book that shows readers what it's really like to play football in the NFL. This is a tough, gritty true story about what it takes to succeed in the NFL by one of the best middle linebackers to ever play the game--and the price he paid for giving the sport everything he had. Football fans: this book will entertain you and show you a side of football you've never seen." --Mike Golic, former NFL defensive lineman and co-host of ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike in the Morning.
 
"The highlights of my NFL career are winning two Super Bowls, having Wellington Mara as my owner, Bill Parcells as my coach, and Harry Carson as my captain. This book should be required reading for every true football fan."--Mark Bavaro, former New York Giants tight end and Super Bowl Champion 
"CAPTAIN FOR LIFE is an incredible book that shows readers what it's really like to play football in the NFL. This is a tough, gritty true story about what it takes to succeed in the NFL by one of the best middle linebackers to ever play the game--and the price he paid for giving the sport everything he had. Football fans: this book will entertain you and show you a side of football you've never seen." --Mike Golic, former NFL defensive lineman and co-host of ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike in the Morning.
 
"The highlights of my NFL career are winning two Super Bowls, having Wellington Mara as my owner, Bill Parcells as my coach, and Harry Carson as my captain. This book should be required reading for every true football fan."--Mark Bavaro, former New York Giants tight end and Super Bowl Champion 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Harry Carson

  • HARRY CARSON's 13 years with the New York Football Giants is one of the longest tenures in club history. The indestructible former linebacker served as Team Captain for 10 of his 13 seasons including the 1986 season, when the team won the Superbowl. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006. He lives in New Jersey.  
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Captain for Life

My Story as a Hall of Fame Linebacker

Harry Carson

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