Sometimes You Have to Cross When It Says Don't Walk: A Memoir of Breaking Barriers

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Lesley Visser is living proof that, no matter where you start, if you are motivated and passionate, your dreams can come true.

When Lesley was 11, she told her mother that she wanted to be a sportswriter. The job didn’t exist for women in 1964, but her mother—instead of suggesting she become a teacher or a nurse—replied, "Great! Sometimes you have to cross when it says, 'Don’t walk.'"

That answer changed Lesley’s life. Even though no one had done it before, it gave her the strength and self-confidence to try—permission to cross against the light.

When Lesley began, the credentials said, "No Women or Children in the Press Box," but she didn’t let that stop her. Lesley covered sports for more than 40 years, pioneering women’s journalistic presence in men’s professional sports, from inside the locker room to out on the field. She’s the first and only woman to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and to ever present the Vince Lombardi Trophy at the Super Bowl. And she’s the only sportscaster in history to have worked on the network broadcasts of the Final Four, Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, Triple Crown, Olympics, U.S. Open, and the World Figure Skating Championship. Lesley currently appears on CBS’s "We Need to Talk," the first-ever nationally televised all-female weekly hour-long sports show.

Lesley’s had her share of hurdles and stumbles. But with passion, perseverance, and dedication, she found a way to achieve her dream, learning valuable lessons along the way. (Hint: Humor goes further than anger, and no, we can’t all look like Beyoncé.)

In Sometimes You Have to Cross When It Says 'Don't Walk,' Lesley Visser shares her historic journey through the world of sports broadcasting with innate wisdom and good humor. For sports fans who grew up with Lesley, her memoir reads like a walk down memory lane, full of behind-the-camera, VIP-access stories involving John Madden, Jerry Jones, Bill Belichick, Joe Torre, and many more famous sports figures. But even those hearing her story for the first time, no matter what their background, will be inspired to chase their dreams, blaze new trails, and pursue the life they want.

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Lesley Visser is the most highly acclaimed female sportscaster of all time. She is the first and only woman in the Pro Football Hall of Fame; the only female sportscaster to have carried the Olympic Torch; the only woman to have presented the championship Lombardi Trophy at the Super Bowl; and the first woman on the network broadcasts of the Final Four, Super Bowl, and NBA finals. She was voted the Outstanding Female Sportscaster of all Time by the National Sportscasters of America, and was also elected to the Sportswriters Hall of Fame for her work at the Boston Globe, national magazines, and CBS.com. Visser was the first and only woman to win the Billie Jean King “Outstanding Journalist” award, and has been honored as the first woman Lombardi Fellow, named a Sports Business Journal “Champion,” and also elected to the Sports Museum of Boston. A graduate of Boston College, which awarded her an honorary doctorate in 2007, she has been on the board of the V Foundation for Cancer Research for more than twenty years, while also serving on the board of NYU’s “Sports and Society.” Visser has mentored young women for decades, while speaking at colleges and businesses around the world. A sportscaster at CBS for more than twenty-five years, she also spent nearly ten at ABC Sports, where she became the first woman on Monday Night Football while also covering the World Series, World Figure Skating, World Skiing Championships, and Triple Crown. She has been voted one of the “Women We Love” by Esquire magazine and one of “Five Ideal Dinner Guests” by GQ. Most recently, she was honored by the Muhammad Ali Center as a “Daughter of Greatness,” in recognition of her leadership and dedication to activism and pursuit of justice. She and her husband, Bob Kanuth, a former captain of Harvard Basketball, live in Bay Harbor Islands, Florida.

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"I have known Lesley for decades and she not only loves football, she really knows the game.  I recommend this book to anyone who ever wanted to hear great stories from someone who’s been around the game for 40 years."  

Dan Marino, NFL Hall of Famer

"Every single woman writing sports today owes a debt to Lesley Visser, who proved that women could both out-report and out-write men long before we took that for granted, as we do now." 

—John Feinstein, columnist for the Washington Post and best-selling author of more than 40 books, including the New York Times #1 bestseller Season on the Brink

"Forty years ago, Lesley Visser covered my first professional team, the Boston Lobsters. She earned my trust then and has remained one of my favorite people in sports. Her accomplishments in a male-dominated industry allowed her to break through barriers and blaze a trail that has opened doors for generations of talented women in sports since. Lesley has always been one of the best at getting and telling a story. Now, she tells her story."

—Robert Kraft, owner of the five-time world champion New England Patriots and CEO of the Kraft Group 

"Lesley Visser is a giant in women’s sports journalism. I don’t mean physically, of course. Physically, she has excellent proportions. What I mean is, she blazed the trail for all the women who followed after her. She also paved the way. That’s right: This woman blazed AND paved, as well as forging the path, charting the course, raising the bar, and breaking through the glass ceiling. She covered professional football when the gridiron was literally a grid made out of iron and women reporters were not allowed in the locker room without bustles, yet despite these obstacles, she broke big story after big story, including the discovery of the forward pass. She was also the first journalist of any gender to spell ‘Krzyzewski’ correctly. Lesley truly is a pioneer, and all those who followed in her footsteps owe her a debt of gratitude, which they could repay by buying this book. She will also accept cash."

—Dave Barry, Pulitzer Prize–winning author and humorist

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