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Educating Dexter

Manley, Dexter, and Friend, Tom

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ISBN 10: 1558531947 / ISBN 13: 9781558531949
Published by Rutledge Hill Press, Nashville, TN, 1992
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x, 358 p. Illustrations. From Wikipedia: "Dexter Keith Manley, nicknamed the "Secretary of Defense" (born February 2, 1959 in Houston, Texas) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins, Phoenix Cardinals, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an eleven-year career from 1981 to 1991. He also played in the Canadian Football League for the Ottawa Rough Riders. Manley played college football at Oklahoma State University.Manley was drafted in the fifth round (119th overall) of the 1981 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, where he played for nine seasons. During his career with the Redskins, Manley won two Super Bowl titles and was a Pro Bowler in 1986 when he recorded 18.5 sacks. He then played for the Phoenix Cardinals and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; while with the Bucs, he often hung out with Tampa 1st round draft pick Keith McCants, who would later battle similar drugs problems. In 1989, Manley failed his third drug test and was banned from the NFL for life, with an opportunity to apply for reinstatement after one year. However, after he failed his fourth drug test, he was permanently banned from the National Football League for life on December 12, 1991. Officially, Manley had 97.5 quarterback sacks in his career. His total rises to 103.5 when the six sacks he had his rookie year of 1981, when sacks were not yet an official statistic, are included. After his career in the United States ended, he revealed that he was functionally illiterate, despite having studied at Oklahoma State University for four years. Manley also played two seasons in the Canadian Football League with the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1992 and 1993 after being banned from the NFL. In 1995, Manley was convicted of cocaine possession and was sentenced to four years in prison, of which he served two. In 2002, he was selected as one of the 70 Greatest Redskins of All Time and is a member of the Washington Redskins Ring of Fame. Very good in very good dust jacket. Signed by author. SIgned on half title. Bookseller Inventory # 66811

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Title: Educating Dexter

Publisher: Rutledge Hill Press, Nashville, TN

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First edition. First printing [stated].

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The former professional football player with the Washington Redskins discusses the drug addiction that led to his banishment from the National Football League, his struggle to hide his illiteracy, and the spread of such problems in collegiate and professional sports.

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Already famous as a football star with the Washington Redskins, Manley attained an entirely different sort of prominence when he testified before a U.S. Senate committee that, despite having attended Oklahoma State University for four years, he was illiterate. Here, with former Washington Post sportswriter Friend, he offers an autobiography supplemented by contributions from family members, friends, ex-coaches--and fellow addicts, for Manley was a heavy cocaine user, and was banned from football for a year in 1987 after testing positive for drugs. A man with a genius for manipulating others, he compensated for feelings of inadequacy by adopting a boastful, flamboyant persona, he reveals, yet his first-person narrative suggests someone who still lacks insight into his essential nature. Currently drug-free and making great strides towards full literacy, Manley tells the intriguing story of his near-tragic but ultimately hopeful life. The book, however, would have profited from editing of repetitious passages about Manley's substance abuse and marital infidelities.
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