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Formerly the public relations manager for the NFL in Europe and now a freelance writer for the league, Neil Reynolds has covered the NFL since 1991. A keen pro football historian, he has worked for NFL Europe since 2000 and has contributed to NFL.com, countless NFL team websites, and European American-football publications First Down and Gridiron. He lives outside London, England.
SPORTSReynolds, the public relations manager for NFL Europe, defines toughness primarily as being able to endure pain and punishment and, to a lesser extent, being able to dish it out. The 50 NFL players he colorfully portrays here include men from every position and time period, although there is a clear emphasis on players from the 1960s and 1970s. Reynolds has spoken directly with many of them to get their particular angles on being power players. An appendix listing the leading contenders who did not make the final cut would have been interesting. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
"A fascinating book that identifies extraordinary tough guys playing a tough game." - NFL.com "A really revealing look at how much it hurts to be an NFL player.... You'll be amazed that human beings can last longer than a year or two in the NFL." - Peter King, senior writer, Sports Illustrated "A fascinating book that identifies extraordinary tough guys playing a tough game." - Vic Carucci, national editor, NFL.com "Pain Gang has such a simple premise: Who is the toughest player to have ever played in the NFL? Neil Reynolds gnaws at this premise as he profiles fifty of the toughest to have ever played, from Bronko Nagurski to Brett Favre, and after the first fifty I wanted to read about the next 150. When the fame and the fortunes fade away, the ultimate feeling that a true warrior wants said about him is 'He was a tough guy.' Pain Gang presents the toughest and most courageous athletes of our time." - Brian Baldinger, NFL analyst, FOX Sports "An exhaustive look at some of the NFL's greatest stars." - Paul Zimmerman, "Dr. Z," Sports Illustrated "A really revealing look at how much it hurts to be an NFL player. After you read this book, you'll know what it's like to take a gigantic fist to the ribs, as Jack Youngblood felt when he took such a shot from one of the most pain-inflicting players in NFL history, Bob Brown. And you'll be amazed that human beings can last longer than a year or two in the NFL." - Peter King, senior writer, Sports Illustrated "Neil Reynolds takes the reader to the very heart of the NFL action.... Pain Gang details an array of fascinating and awe-inspiring stories.... [It] is an enlightening, entertaining, and inspiring journey through professional football history and a must-have for all football fans. Read this book and you'll never look at the NFL in the same way again." - NFLUK.com "Celebrates the characteristic football that fans hold dear." - Green Bay Press-Gazette"