Nose to Nose: Survival in the Trenches of the NFL

Joe Klecko, Author, Greg Logan, With, Joe Fields, With William Morrow & Company $18.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-688-05281-2
Until recently Klecko and Fields were linemen for the New York Jets, Klecko on defense for 11 years and Fields on offense for 13. Both were from blue-collar backgrounds and attended colleges that were not football powers, Temple and Widener, respectively. They came into the pro game at a time when salaries were low and learned to play while injured out of fear that their temporary replacements would become permanent. Writing with News day (N.Y.) reporter Logan they show how they helped to mold the team. Their authority was eroded in 1987, however, when both, initially supporters of the players strike, crossed the picket line. Each was released at the end of the season. The book should cause something of a stir because both players admit to having used steroids and the more outspoken Klecko comments negatively about ex-teammate Mark Gastineau and coach Joe Walton. Photos not seen by PW. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 09/01/1989
Release date: 09/01/1989
Genre: Nonfiction
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