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Rough & Tumble

Rough & Tumble

A Novel

Mark Bavaro

St. Martin's Press




A riveting debut novel of a season in the life of a professional football player-written by one of the NFL's best tight ends of all time.

Dominic Fucillo is a tight end for the surging New York Giants. Rebellious, ferociously angry, deeply religious and fighting injuries and a crumbling love life that would bring the average man to his knees, Dom is a veteran player who is having the toughest season of his career at a time when his team can do nothing wrong--or so it seems.

Because behind the big wins, a major scandal is brewing. The team's star linebacker has always lived on the edge and enjoyed the nightlife more than he should. But when he's found beaten nearly to death in the stadium parking lot, it's clear he's gotten himself into more than even he bargained for, and it's something that threatens to tear himself and his team's promising season apart.

Inspired by his years shedding blood and sweat playing professional football, ROUGH & TUMBLE is Mark Bavaro's novel about the brutal world of the NFL-and a classic sports story of one man's determination and grit.


Chapter One

Hslot out Z-Motion Sixty-two Semi Y-Hook Z-Flag on two, on two!"

Jogging up to the line of scrimmage, I repeated the jumble of code words instructing me to run ten yards upfield, stop, turn around, and wait for a pass....


Praise for Rough & Tumble

“A terrific novel…realistic, groundbreaking and with some of the best football scenes you'll ever read” —Mike Golic, former NFL defensive lineman and co-host of ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike in the Morning.

“Mark Bavaro writes about the game the same way he played it, with vicious intensity. This story is a must read for football fans hungry for the heartless and brutal underbelly of life in the NFL.” —Tim Green, New York Times bestselling author and former Atlanta Falcon

“A terrific novel. Just when you thought you had it figured out, the book takes an unexpected turn. I could not put it down.” —Charlie Weis, head football coach, Notre Dame, and former NFL offensive coordinator

Rough & Tumble dramatically captures the world of professional football and makes it a reality. After reading this novel, readers will understand how difficult and dangerous the sport is. I'm sure Rough & Tumble will be a touchdown for Mark Bavaro just like the ones he caught for the Giants.” —Joe Thiesmann, former Washington Redskins Pro Bowl quarterback and Super Bowl XVII champion

“Buckle up your chin strap and get ready to be smashed in the mouth--this is an explosive novel for anyone who thinks pro football is all about money, celebrities and fame. Rough & Tumble is a timely novel that shows the high costs of playing America's game.” —Phil McConkey, former New York Giants wide receiver and Super Bowl Champion

“A terrific novel. It's realistic, groundbreaking and with some of the best football scenes you'll ever read. Rough & Tumble is a must for fans of the NFL who want to feel what it's like to play professional football, and for anyone interested in reading a great sports story with heart.” —Mike Golic, former NFL defensive lineman and co-host of ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike in the Morning.

“Riveting! The East Rutherford Forty equivalent of North Dallas Forty.” —Steve Serby, New York Post sports columnist

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About the author

Mark Bavaro

MARK BAVARO is widely considered one of the toughest, most idiosyncratic athletes ever to play in the NFL and one of the best tight ends of all time. He played college football at Notre Dame, graduated in 1985, and was drafted by the Giants where he stayed through the 1990 season and played for Bill Parcells and alongside Phil Simms and Lawrence Taylor. He also played with the Cleveland Browns and the Philadelphia Eagles. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1986 and 1987 and was a pivotal member of the New York Giants during their Super Bowl XXI and XXV wins. He lives in Massachusetts.

Mark Bavaro

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