By Esera Tuaolo, John Rosengren
This can be Esera Tuaolo's personal searing tale of terror and wish. A Samoan raised on a Hawaiian banana plantation, he had a average expertise, soccer. He went directly to play for 5 NFL groups: the golf green Bay Packers, the Minnesota Vikings, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Carolina Panthers, and the Atlanta Falcons within the 1999 large Bowl. yet for the 9 years he performed specialist soccer he lived in terror that once his face flashed upon the television monitor, anyone may expose his darkest mystery. Esera Tuaolo is homosexual.
Alone within the Trenches takes you contained in the homophobic global soccer and describes fears that just about drove him to suicide. He conjures up heartbreak--how his older brother, Tua, died of AIDS--and wish whilst, Esera, a deeply religious Christian fell in love and commenced a family.
"Tuaolo emerges in those pages as a fancy, intellectually curious and engaging person outlined neither through his collection of profession nor through his sexual orientation." --Booklist
"Tough, soft and brutally honest." --Robert Lipsyte, former manhattan instances activities columnist
"Even i used to be now not ready for his extraordinary lifestyles story." --Billy Bean, writer of Going the opposite direction
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Alone in the Trenches: My Life as a Gay Man in the NFL by Esera Tuaolo, John Rosengren