Just Kick It: Tales of an Underdog, Over-Age, Out of Place Semi-Pro Football Player

Mark St Amant, Author . Scribner $23 (256p) ISBN 978-0-7432-8675-6

At age 37, St. Amant (Committed: Confessions of a Fantasy Football Junkie ) joined a football team—the Boston Panthers of the EFL, a semipro league based in southern New England—and narrates that first season with the team. It was a stiff test for a man who hadn't engaged in a minute of serious athletics since college; besides being old and out of shape, Amant played an outcast position, kicker, and was a ghost-white face on a black team drawn from the toughest Boston neighborhoods. Over the Panthers season, Amant tries to gain the respect of his teammates and comes face-to-face with his lifelong fear of choking during the big game. In contrast to the glamour of the NFL, semipro football takes place in obscurity on stony fields, the bleachers empty and the uniforms mismatched. The players are an equally heterogeneous lot, too small or too slow to have had a shot at the pros or kept out by injuries, bad decisions or psychological issues. At times, Amant relies too much on humor, but he gives good insight into the makeup of his fellow athletes as well as into his own motivations. (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 08/28/2006
Release date: 10/01/2006
Genre: Nonfiction
Ebook - 256 pages - 978-1-4165-4241-4
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