Playing for Pizza
By John Grisham
(Dell Publishing Company, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780345532053, 308pp.)
Publication Date: January 31, 2012
List Price: $9.99*
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Rick Dockery is the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. In the AFC Championship game, to the surprise and dismay of virtually everyone, Rick actually gets into the game. With a seventeen-point lead and just minutes to go, Rick provides what is arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL. Overnight, he becomes a national laughingstock and is immediately cut by the Browns and shunned by all other teams.
But all Rick knows is football, and he insists that his agent find a team that needs him. Against enormous odds, Rick finally gets a job as the "starting" quarterback for the Mighty Panthers . . . of Parma, Italy. The Parma Panthers desperately want a former NFL player any former NFL player at their helm. And now they ve got Rick, who knows nothing about Parma (not even where it is) and doesn t speak a word of Italian. To say that Italy the land of fine wines, extremely small cars, and "football americano" holds a few surprises for Rick Dockery would be something of an understatement.