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Tropic of football : the long and perilous journey of Samoans to the NFL, Rob Ruck

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Tropic of football : the long and perilous journey of Samoans to the NFL
Title
Tropic of football
Title remainder
the long and perilous journey of Samoans to the NFL
Statement of responsibility
Rob Ruck
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Football is at a crossroads, its future imperiled by the very physicality that drives its popularity. Its grass roots--high school and youth travel program--are withering. But players from the small South Pacific American territory of Samoa are bucking that trend, quietly becoming the most disproportionately overrepresented culture in the sport. Jesse Sapolu, Junior Seau, Troy Polamalu, and Marcus Mariota are among the star players to emerge from the Samoan islands, and more of their brethren suit up every season. The very thing that makes them so good at football--their extraordinary internalization of discipline and warrior self-image--makes them especially vulnerable to its pitfalls, including concussions and brain injuries. Award-winning sports historian Rob Ruck travels to the South Seas to unravel American Samoa's complex ties with the United States. He finds an island blighted by obesity, where boys train on fields blistered with volcanic pebbles wearing helmets that should have been discarded long ago, incurring far more neurological damage than their stateside counterparts and haunted by Junior Seau, who committed suicide after a vaunted twenty-year NFL career, unable to live with the demons that resulted from chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Tropic of Football is a gripping, bittersweet history of what may be football's last frontier
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1950-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ruck, Rob
Dewey number
796.332092
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
GV939.A1
LC item number
R83 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • National Football League
  • Football players
  • Football players
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Tropic of football : the long and perilous journey of Samoans to the NFL, Rob Ruck
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-295) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
305 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781620973370
Lccn
2017059415
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • on1004601203
  • (OCoLC)1004601203
Label
Tropic of football : the long and perilous journey of Samoans to the NFL, Rob Ruck
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-295) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
305 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781620973370
Lccn
2017059415
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • on1004601203
  • (OCoLC)1004601203

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      49.280188 -123.114755
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