Is there life after football? : surviving the NFL / James A. Holstein, Richard S. Jones & George E. Koonce, Jr.

By: Holstein, James A [author.]Contributor(s): Jones, Richard S [author.] | Koonce, George E [author.]Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksPublisher: New York ; London : New York University Press, 2015Copyright date: ©2015Description: 1 online resource (332 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781479872640; 1479872644Subject(s): Football -- Social aspects -- United StatesAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Is there life after football? : surviving the NFL.DDC classification: 796.3320973 LOC classification: GV951 | .H582 2015Other classification: SOC026000 | SPO015000 | SOC032000 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
"It's all over!" -- Pursuing "the dream" -- Inside "the bubble" -- The end -- A lifetime of hurt -- "All that dough : where did it go?" -- What's next? -- Playing without a playbook -- Trials of transition.
Summary: "Draws upon the experiences of hundreds of former players as they describe their lives after their football days are over. It also incorporates stories about their playing careers, even before entering the NFL, to provide context for understanding their current situations. The authors begin with an analysis of the 'bubble'-like conditions of privilege that NFL players experience while playing, conditions that often leave players unprepared for the real world once they retire and must manage their own lives. The book also examines the key issues affecting former NFL players in retirement: social isolation, financial concerns, inadequate career planning, psychological challenges, and physical injuries"--Amazon.com.
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"It's all over!" -- Pursuing "the dream" -- Inside "the bubble" -- The end -- A lifetime of hurt -- "All that dough : where did it go?" -- What's next? -- Playing without a playbook -- Trials of transition.

"Draws upon the experiences of hundreds of former players as they describe their lives after their football days are over. It also incorporates stories about their playing careers, even before entering the NFL, to provide context for understanding their current situations. The authors begin with an analysis of the 'bubble'-like conditions of privilege that NFL players experience while playing, conditions that often leave players unprepared for the real world once they retire and must manage their own lives. The book also examines the key issues affecting former NFL players in retirement: social isolation, financial concerns, inadequate career planning, psychological challenges, and physical injuries"--Amazon.com.

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Library Journal Review

In this timely book, Holstein (sociology; The Self We Live By), Richard S. Jones (sociology; Doing Time), and George E. Koonce Jr. (director of development), all from Marquette University, present an overview of what "life after football" is like for former players of the National Football League. The authors highlight the difficulties experienced by ex-NFL players that have been mentioned in the media over the last several years including suicides, concussions, and CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy). They also discuss how the NFL may not prepare players for a life outside the league. Retirement for these players often comes without warning and thrusts them into situations they have not encountered while sheltered in the professional "bubble," including dealing with chronic injuries, managing finances now that they aren't receiving large salaries, and just "living life" now that their schedules aren't planned down to the minute. Finally, the book addresses ways in which some players have successfully made the transition from the pros to the society experienced by most people. Verdict This book will be of interest to sports fans and others who have been following stories in the media about the NFL and its players, as well as sociologists who work with individuals making the transition from one life situation to another.-Nathan Rupp, Yale Univ. Medical Lib., New Haven, CT (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Sociologists Holstein and Jones (both, Marquette Univ.) and former NFL player, later college administrator, Koonce (Marian Univ.) detail and analyze the experiences of players both during and after their pro careers. Readers enter into the culture and mindset of the military-like regimentation of pro football and its antecedent, the world of college "jock majors." This book amplifies the work of others, such as editors Thomas Oates and Zack Furness's The NFL: Critical and Cultural Perspectives (CH, Jan'15, 52-2603), and Gerhard Falk's Football and American Identity (CH, Nov'05, 43-1635). It is timely considering the financial settlement the NFL reached in August 2013 with retired players for head injuries sustained at work, and the ongoing discussion over the physical dangers that football at all levels presents. Despite the many who give in to peer pressure, spending imprudently and behaving impulsively, the authors maintain that personal success is possible, even likely, with proper education, support, and financial planning conducted by professionals rather than by family members. Both sports enthusiasts and concerned readers can profit from the insights and lessons offered in this informative and prescriptive work. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. --Frederick J. Augustyn, Library of Congress

Author notes provided by Syndetics

HolsteinJames A.:

James A. Holstein is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences at Marquette University. He is the author, with Jaber F. Gubrium, of The Self We Live By: Narrative Identity in
the Postmodern World.

HolsteinJames A.:

James A. Holstein is Professor of Sociology in the Department of
Social and Cultural Sciences at Marquette University. He is the author, with Jaber F. Gubrium, of The Self We Live By: Narrative Identity in
the Postmodern World.

JonesRichard S.:

Richard S. Jones is Professor of Sociology and Faculty Athletics Representative at Marquette University. He is the author of Doing Time: Prison Experience and Identity with Thomas J. Schmid.Jr.George E. Koonce,:

George E. Koonce, Jr. played professional football for a decade, the majority of those years with the Green Bay Packers, with whom he won the Super Bowl XXXI title. After the NFL he held positions as Senior Associate Athletic Director and Director of Development at Marquette University, Athletic Director at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Director of Player Development for the Packers, and Special Assistant to the Athletic Director at East Carolina University. Dr. Koonce is currently Vice President of Advancement at Marian University.

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