|About the Book|
Its hard to explain to nonathlete friends of mine just how violent professional football is. Down on the field you can hear it, the crack of helmets sounding like artillery rounds, the fearful elemental grunts of big men in the trenches, theMoreIts hard to explain to nonathlete friends of mine just how violent professional football is. Down on the field you can hear it, the crack of helmets sounding like artillery rounds, the fearful elemental grunts of big men in the trenches, the brittle sound of a bone snapping, or, worse, the terrible shriek when a knee or maybe a career is lost, grown men growling like ferocious bears and sobbing as little children might and you need to hear the noise to understand.HEARING THE NOISE is the autobiography of Preston Pearson and few football players can boast of more distinguished careers. For fourteen years, he played with and against the greatest names in the sport and here is his candid appraisal of their characters and abilities.Pearson was rightly known as the player his teams went to when they had to succeed. He was a performer who was at his best when he was under pressure. To list his accomplishments and records would take several pages, but the one Pearson believes is most impressive is this: In 1979, when the Dallas Cowboys went to the Super Bowl, he caught twenty-six passes on third down and twenty-three of them were for first downs or touchdowns.Sensitive and intelligent, Pearson is in a better position than probably anyone else to tell people the inside story of professional football. Pearson has been a lowly taxi-squad member, a record-setting superstar, the Pittsburgh Steeler player representative and a professional manager of athletes. He was the dean of NFL running backs. He played in five Super Bowl games and is the only player to have done it with three different teams: the Baltimore Colts of 1969, the Pittsburgh Steelers of 1975 and the Dallas Cowboys of 1976, 1978 and 1979.HEARING THE NOISE is for the fan and the general reader.