An NFL official and former players tells all in this insider's look at the bone-crunching, fast-paced world of professional football, vividly describing the heated arguments with coaches, players ready to kill over a call, and other delightful insider observations. 25,000 first printing. Tour.
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Informative, funny...even if you're not nuts about football.
It started over a chopped salad.
We were having lunch at Jerry's Deli in Westwood near UCLA, two guys talking smack, solving the problems of the world, mostly the sports world, when Chad suddenly said, "You know, Alan, you ought to write a book."
I stared at him for a second. I had heard worse ideas. A lot worse ideas.
"I'm serious," Chad insisted. "Let's do a book that really shows the inside of the NFL from the perspective of an official. I don't think it's ever been done before."
Chad and I had known each other only a few months but we'd connected deeply and formed the kind of tight friendship that felt as if we'd known each other for years. We'd met when I'd done a profile of him for a magazine. One thing I'd learned about my friend: trust his instincts.
I began to envision what the book would be: Chad's biography, his years as a player in the NFL, his rise to the top ranks of NFL officials, and piles of action that would put you right on the field, right in the center of the "meat grinder," so close you could almost feel the sting of the linemen's pads crunching into your flesh. It would all be framed by a minute-by-minute live-action account of a typical game from Chad's point of view in the middle of the line.
Chad and I talked for months. He gave me all the details of his life from growing up in South Dallas to being named an alternate to last year's Super Bowl. We discussed all of the weird and unfortunate incidents that occurred with the officials in 1998, including the blown coin flip in Detroit and Vinny Testaverde's phantom touchdown in New York. We analyzed the players who Chad considers the "stars" of the grinder. We spent time on the field and in the officials' locker room.
The book comes with a guarantee, a bet, and a promise.
Here's the guarantee: you'll learn more about what it takes to become a NFL official that you knew before.
The bet: you'll find the book insightful, informative, and funny, even if you're one of the five people in America who isn't nuts about football.
And the promise: even though you'll be in the heart of the action, you won't get hurt INSIDE THE MEAT GRINDER.
I love the game of football. INSIDE THE MEAT GRINDER presents football fans with a fresh look at the game from the perspective of the often misunderstood game official. Readers will actually be on the field with me, an NFL umpire in the clinches. Through my eyes, they'll see and hear what the NFL superstars say and do. These are not images from the media. These are real, often brutal reality bites in the world of professional football. Co-author Alan Eisenstock has captured my world and brilliantly created created the words that bring you a bird's eye view of the NFL official.
I met Alan a few years ago when he was on assignment to complete a feature article on officiating. I was impressed with his knowledge of sports; all sports. During the course of our growing friendship, it was only natural that we conspired together on this book. Humor, wit, and insight form the backdrop of my sturggle and accomplishments as a NFL official. I've tried to present the professional endurance that game officials need in order to meet the high standards of the NFL. We all had interviews, more interviews, background checks and intense scrutiny by NFL scouts before we made the grade. Professions of the majority of officials include teaching, law, corporate management, entrepeneurs, and public service.
Our combined expertise definitely contributes to the NFL's objective to instill profressionalism in its game oficials. NFL standards are high. We've met the standards in spite of working conditions that are often hazardous to our health. For myself, I love working in the middle where I have been described as "agile and mobile." However, there's so much more to me and my fellow game officials. It's my wish that after you read INSIDE THE MEAT GRINDER, you'll agree. Chad BrownAbout the Author:
Chad Brown has been an NFL official for seven years. He has worked wild card and play-off games, including the 1998 AFC Championship Game between the New York Jets and Denver Broncos. He served as an alternate at Super Bowl XXXIII. Chad also played in the National Football League for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston Oilers, and New Orleans Saints. He lives in Carson, California, with his wife Deborah, and twin sons, Devin and Trent.
Alan Eisenstock has written for television, film, and the theater and has published articles in numerous magazines, including The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Runner's World, and Referee. Inside the Meat Grinder is his first book. He lives in Pacific Palisades, California, with his wife, Bobbie, his son, Jonah, and his daughter, Kiva.
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