Inside the Helmet: Life as a Sunday Afternoon Warrior

Inside the Helmet: Life as a Sunday Afternoon Warrior

Inside the Helmet: Life as a Sunday Afternoon Warrior [Reading] ➬ Inside the Helmet: Life as a Sunday Afternoon Warrior ➳ Michael Strahan – Just in time for the 2007 season One of the finest defensive players ever to wear an NFL uniform delivers the first truly authentic hard hitting revelatory portrait of America’s most popular sport Just in Helmet: Life PDF ↠ time for the season One of the finest defensive players ever to wear an NFL uniform delivers the first truly authentic hard hitting revelatory portrait of America’s most popular sport—including the brutality the Inside the ePUB Ò vicious fights and the high price of gridiron glory Michael Strahan is one of the NFL’s most talented players and he is also one of the game’s most vocal personalities So it’s no surprise that his first the Helmet: Life Epub Û book would be a no holds barred hard hitting account of life in the league venturing into territory no previous football authors had the nerve to tread Inside the Helmet is not a self serving memoir or the Helmet: Life as a PDF \ a collection of triumphant feel good anecdotes Yes Strahan recounts exhilarating victories in vivid detail but not without the hair raising details of the ruthless grit reuired for every win Sure to be controversial Strahan’s account reveals never before seen details about the truth of life in the NFL including the names of the dirtiest players what it feels and sounds like to crush another player which potent painkillers players take in order to return to the battlefield the wild parties such as the Vikings’ infamous Love Boat romp the pressure to live up to a multimillion dollar salary the intense and sometimes volatile relationship between player and coach and the violent blowups that occur when that pressure gets too intense For the million fans who attend NFL football games Inside the Helmet is an all access pass into the huddle the locker room and even the minds of some of the most legendary players on the field today.

10 thoughts on “Inside the Helmet: Life as a Sunday Afternoon Warrior

  1. Ike Ike says:

    After spending two years in the NFL while in college as an intern in Athletic Training I have gotten a little taste of the lifestyle My two years were with the NY Giants and I was able to get a feel for Strahan also He does a wonderful job in this book of touching on everything the players are exposed to and laying out the monotinous grind of the NFL along with the brutal violence and injury that is sustained playing the game I greatly enjoyed this book and flew through it in two days I recommend it to any pro football fan and feel it would also benefiet any NFL draft prospects to give them a peak at what to expect On a side noteIn the book Strahan talks about game day Mike and getting fired up and angry with the world from the moment he wakes up He put himself in this zone to bring the animal out in him but I never experienced any of this on gameday He did however have a uniue ritual that no others followedPrior to taking the feild for warmups Mike will walk the entire locker room training room area and shake every single persons hand prior to the game This ranged from janitors up to the full time employees and intrens such as myself He is a stand up guy and was always respectful toward myself and everyone he came in contact with

  2. Matt Lieberman Matt Lieberman says:

    What came first the NFL memoirs or the misery Do I read such fare because I feel miserable while mired in the peak of football's offseason Or is my football deprived misery just compounded by the invariably insipid nature of mostall of the genre dearest apologies Mr Hornby I grapple with these uestions every time I pick up a book like Michael Strahan and Jay Glazer's Inside the Helmet which always happens when I have exhausted the library's supplies of all other football books For some reason I have always had a soft spot for such works though I usually finish them lamenting about how many Economist articles I could have read with the time I spent reading reflections on a player's high school days and some hilarious anecdotes that I guess must not really translate to print Strahan's book actually reads much less like an autobiography and of a broad but sometimes insightful overview of what playing in the NFL entails This is by no means uncharted literary territory as NFL rules stipulate that the Super Bowl must be played every year and publishing rules mandate that the stars and coaches associated with the winner of said event must flood the book market with their co written and bland accounts of their magical and inspiring season whose lessons can easily be adapted to the meeting room and child rearing etc etc Like most other books penned by players Inside the Helmet isn't particularly well written and at times it reads like a litany of complaints from a curmudgeonly veteran But Strahan is also able to cull from over ten seasons of anecdotes and personalities like Lawrence Taylor and Tom Coughlin and there are times where his book even borders on the insightful I would almost deem it a worthwhile read even though it reuired being held it at a ninety degree angle when read it on the subway The book is structured rather strangely compared to the typical player book Most follow the frame story setup employed in most mob pictures The first chapter is inevitably set before during or after the Super Bowl which his team wins of course The next chapter begins with something like as far back as I can remember I always wanted to be a football player dearest apologies Mr Scorcese and describes from childhood the steps they took towards becoming a Super Bowl winner Strahan is unable to utilize such an approach however The book was written at the end of the 2006 season where Strahan only played 9 games due to a lisfranc injury and the team went 8 8 and missed the playoffs At this point you may be asking why Strahan couldn't have waited one year to write his book where he could end it on an upbeat note when the Giants defeated the then undefeated Patriots in Super Bowl XLII Perhaps Strahan was aware the Giants would win the Super Bowl the next year but he wanted to get a jump on Tom Coughlin David Tyree and Plaxico Burress and corner the books by Giants employees market for the time being Given the uality of Strahan's prognosticating abilities on Fox NFL Sunday though I am guessing he was not aware that his team would win the big game the following year A realistic reason for the book's publishing date was the defensive end's ludicrously messy and exhorbinantly expensive divorce that wrapped up in 2007 Strahan was ultimately left on the hook for uite a bit of money and likely thought that writing a book would help him in the process So while it loosely to the point where its not even chronologically consistent follows Strahan's 2006 season he is ultimately drawing from a far broader baseSince Strahan is unable to follow the generic template afforded to Super Bowl champion authors the book is focused with giving a behind the scenes look at playing in the NFL and does not limit itself to in depth coverage of one season Again this inside look is something that has been done many many times before All player memoirs inevitably touch upon the subject And there are certainly sections in Inside the Helmet that add little to what fans already know The kind of person who is going to read a book by Michael Strahan on their own volition and I did not see any copies of Inside the Helmet in the Assigned Summer Reading section of my local library is probably already aware that meetings are long and boring most players are clean and do not take steroids and of course the author abstains and that players get excited on game day Ho hum They also probably generally know the basics of the NFL workweek and what days are spent on film walkthroughs and practice These things stay pretty consistent across teamsEven with such faults there are some truly interesting sections of the book I especially enjoyed the chapter on defensive line techniue and the various strategies Strahan employs to beat his blocker The intricacies of line play isn't comprehensively covered by the media as it doesn't translate well to statistics and most people myself excluded don't find it all that interesting While Strahan's general musings aren't groundbreaking practices are long practical jokes are common there is a wide spectrum of intelligence among athletes he is able to cull the best anecdotes from thirteen seasons of play He also had the pleasure of playing with and for the likes of Lawrence Taylor Tom Coughlin and Jeremy Shockey who provide ample sources of engaging story material Strahan also makes some sharp observations about the changing dynamics between players and coaches Players are gaining much power in the relationship as their salaries have skyrocketed and many stars are aware that teams cannot afford the cap hits associated with dropping them Additionally general managers and owners are operating under increasingly shortened time horizons and coaches especially new ones feature incredibly short leashes Strahan posits that players are aware of this and recognize that coaches do not wield as much power as they used to in certain areas Its something that makes sense to me upon reading it but I never really thought about before Strahan also mentions how coaches are often reliant on player recommendations to get new jobs and that he has consulted with coaches and front office staff considering hiring his former coachesI found it remarkable that Strahan really never goes into much detail at all about his personal background Normally I wouldn't be too troubled by that omission but this is a player who grew up in Germany played one season of high school football and still managed to be dominant enough at tiny Texas Southern University to be drafted in the second round by the Giants in 1993 That unorthodox path to the NFL seems like it is worth devoting a few pages to The reader is treated to some chapters on Strahan's personal life though unfortunately they are limited to him airing grievances related to his fame and what a terrible money hungry person his ex wife is These sections drag uite a bit Strahan also decides to curiously end with Super Bowl XXXV where his team was summarily thumped by Jermaine Lewis and the Ravens six years before the book was published no less I understand that the Super Bowl is a big deal and that readers may be interested in his recollections but his analysis is limited to noting how much media attention there was what a great opportunity he had to play for the league title and two moments from the actual game itself which is all he claims he can remember It appears he rectified this in the paperback edition released shortly after the Giants' XLII victory with two chapters on the 2007 season I can't speak on these extra chapters because my library was just too eager to get this book on its shelves to even think of waiting for the paperbackBefore my lukewarm praise gets you running out the door to procure your own copy just be aware that this isn't going to knock Paper Lion or America's Game off the best football books pantheon or anything Strahan has an unfortunately tendency to pepper his writing with words in all caps to emphasize his points which to me displays a VERY poor grasp of adjectives and he uses some truly dreadful metaphors while describing his gridiron exploits But honestly such flaws while annoying should be expected when one approaches a book like this And its not like adding Jay Glazer as a co author is going to help such matters Still Inside the Helmet was a fast read and provided some offseason enjoyment I reckon I could have polished off most of a Technology uarterly less Economist in the time it took me to finish the book but I still thought it was decent overall In SumInside the Helmet is a somewhat enjoyable read despite its obvious flaws There are some legitimately interesting passages and it moves at a very fast pace which comes in handy when Strahan is complaining about things It is worth reading if you are really desperate for football reading material and if you live in the New York metro area I'm guessing your library has several copies and Giants fans will probably especially like it510ObservationsInteresting Things LearnedAccording to Strahan a very important ualifier rookie hazing was far worse back in the day Things apparently calmed down after then Saints rookie Cam Cleeland was injured after being hit with coin filled socks swung by veterans in 1999Strahan claims see previous parenthetical statement rookies are considered rookies until they have finished the third game in their second season He offers no further explanation perhaps assuming egregiously incorrectly that this fact is blatantly obvious to the readerOffensive tackle Lomas Brown apparently passed a kidney stone during one of his games That is probably a condition that reuires personal experience which have thankfully avoided so far to truly understand the pain associated with such a feat but I imagine it wasn't the most pleasant day of Mr Brown's lifeI thought Strahan was remarkably candid in expressing his ire and outward frustration towards Jay Feeley after the kicker missed three field goals at the end of a game against the Seahawks in 2005 It was actually refreshing to read though it didn't help my faith in the inherent goodness of humanityThe NFL Players Association used to put salary sheets on players' stools in locker rooms that showed what every other player in the league made for their position It brought up uite a bit of ill will amongst Giants players and it probably didn't do Jamarcus Russell or the old rookie contract structure any favors in the eyes of professional uarterbacksStrahan posits that defensive linemen have to remember a staggering amount of information that is incomprehensible to the common man That may indeed be the case But when the strongest support for his argument is that Jay Glazer had difficulty remembering defensive line assignments that Strahan showed to him I felt a little skeptical Plus I have to uestion the general intelligence associated with someone whose methodology uses Jay Glazer as the baseline for average human intelligence

  3. Roldan Navarrete Roldan Navarrete says:

    Inside the Helmet's hall of fame author provides a great read for any football fan looking for an in depth view of what life is like for a star player in the National Football League Strahan effectively illustrates life by simply taking you step by step through memorable events and pointing out the ups and downs of being a star in the league My personal favorite up and down moments were Strahan's recounting of his Super Bowl championship and how he sniffed ammonia caps before games to clear his head I first read this book three or so years ago and was captivated by two things all the hype that Strahan surrounded playing football with and the pictures because come on what 13 year old doesn't appreciate his pictures in books Re reading it as a very slightly mature person I've had the pleasure of being able to appreciate Strahan's method of telling his story and making the reader feel as though they'd personally been there perhaps shadowing Strahan through every ordeal described I thoroughly enjoyed this book and once again would recommend it to any football or sports fan looking for a realistic look into the glamour and shadiness that is being a professional athlete

  4. Noah Noah says:

    Inside the Helmet Life as and Afternoon Warrior is about Michael Strahan's experience in the NFL The afternoon warrior part is about the days he plays football Football games are usually on Sunday afternoonsHe talks about the injuries drama fighting happy moments and sad moments in the NFL He explains the benefits of the NFL and the bad parts I liked the book because I don't play football but I do play soccer and I could relate to some parts of the book I can connect this to real life because obviously football is a real sport and Michael Strahan is a real person I can also connect this to Goal because both books are about the process and what you have to do to become a pro athlete I can connect this book to myself because I myself play sports and I have had many injuries in my sports so I could connect this to Strahan's book I would give this book a four star rating because I enjoyed reading about a very successful athlete's story of his pro sports career I liked it because it wasn't some guy who decided to just write about the NFL but it was one of the most famous football players that wrote it

  5. Dacotah Keating Dacotah Keating says:

    I thought that Inside The Helmet By Michael Strahan and Jay Glazer was one of the most interesting and exciting books I’ve read in a while If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to play in the NFL then this book is definitely for you Many people consider Michael Strahan one of the greatest defensive ends of all time and that’s one of the main reasons why I found this book so interesting All we ever get to see and read about in sports is what the media portrays and what ever goes viral on the Internet Through this book you get to dig a little deeper go one step further with Michael Strahan and live through the eyes of the player He goes through his matchup each game and isn’t afraid to speak his mind about some players and get inside their heads The flashing lights and boo’s from the fans across the arena are all things that get Michael even pumped and excited for a game Overall this book was a great read about life in football from a player's perspective and it really gets you one step closer to living that fantasy of playing in the big leagues

  6. Ken Ken says:

    Michael Strahan's plain spoken style is not literary gold but his honesty and insight into a violent American sport is what I was really looking for here I was not disappointed He shares with us just about every aspect of the game that we're curious about including game prep steroids celebrity pranks and my personal favorite trash talking The piece on Barry Sanders was especially enjoyable as I'm such a big fan The two best books on Football I've ever read are Plimpton's Paper Lion back in the Seventies and Michael Lewis' The Blind Side last year Everything else in between was forgettable But this book is worth reading for anyone interested in the state of the game in the present era He doesn't hold anything back The closing chapters about his Super Bowl experience losing to the Raiders makes us wonder what he would write now after the amazing year the Giants just wrapped up

  7. Johnplavelle Johnplavelle says:

    During a career as a professional athlete there are things that occur in the locker room that need to stay in the locker room The tales of Mickey Mantle and his poor behavior have done little to bring people to love the game he loved Michael Strahan could have learned from that experience Much of the book that deal with his relationship to the head coach and other team members is interesting and provides the reader with entry to a special local that many are not allowed to view Some of what we are privy to makes that local seem a little sordid Are all NFL players spoiled children who have not been forced to grow upStrahan's view of dirty players is very interesting and does much to let the reader know about how he views violence as part of the sport he loves yet dirty violence is a crime and should be treated as such

  8. Neil Chambers Neil Chambers says:

    Inside The Helmet by Michael Strahan is a good look inside the life of an NFL player Strahan a former New York Giants player tells about the lessons he learned growing up his earliest thoughts about the NFL his struggles and insight on his daily life Strahan often portrays the NFL lifestyle as rough and stressful but says it is all made up for on a good game day He often described his pain both mentally and physically as well as on and off the field Strahan often a practical joker describes the lighter side of the NFL lifestyle telling comical stories about his teammates and other players This is an extremely well written and detailed book especially for somebody who has never written a book before The only negative feedback I have is that there is not much organization as a chronological order of events would have made it slightly easier to understand

  9. Scott Breslove Scott Breslove says:

    It wasgood I'm not really sure how to describe it I found the book to be very interesting Michael really breaks it down and is very descriptive which helps the reader really learn a lot about what it means to be an NFL player On that note Michael really breaks it down and is very descriptive which at points got a little too wordy in fact there were parts were I was skimming than reading which is never a good sign That's why I'm not so sure how to describe this book the same idea I saw as a positive at some points and a negative at others Overall I enjoyed it Michael is an interesting and funny guy who knows his stuff If you are a Giants fan or even a football fan I would recommend at least trying this one

  10. Elisa Elisa says:

    A great book about life in the NFL of today It was writtenpublished in the year before the Giants won the 2008 Superbowl he had played in a superbowl before that with the Giants they lost Kerry Collins was the B He talks about Coughlin and Tiki and Eli so its interesting if you have been following football Especially Giants footballAlso alot of funny stories about NFL life He is funny in general He's my favorite FOX commentator i think it's FOX

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