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Total Access: A Journey to the Center of the NFL Universe-Rich Eisen

  • Title: Total Access: A Journey to the Center of the NFL Universe
  • Author: Rich Eisen
  • Released: 2008-10-14
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  • Pages: 336
  • ISBN: 0312369794
  • ISBN13: 978-0312369798
  • ASIN: 0312369794

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From Publishers Weekly Named after and authored by the host of the NFL Network's signature program, this loosely-structured year-in-the-life memoir is essentially the book version of the network, established in 2003 to provide unprecedented access to players, coaches, games and events (from draft weekend to Hall of Fame inductions). Bookended by the Super Bowl and the debut of the NFL Network's "Eight Game Package" (a series of Thursday and Saturday games that began late in the 2006 season), this sportscasting odyssey follows Eisen in and out of makeshift studios at football's biggest occasions, reprints verbatim his interviews with everyone from quarterback Brett Favre to former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, and provides insight into NFL luminaries-turned-on-air-colleagues such as Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk and Steve Mariucci. Along the way, there are plenty of insider-only tidbits, including how veterans haze rookies at the Pro Bowl and what really happens during the top-secret Scouting Combine. Eisen writes with the same dry wit he uses on-camera, a likable voice that's unfortunately prone to name-dropping and network-boosting; still, there's much vicarious pleasure to be found in Eisen's on-the-job adventures.
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Review

Praise for Total Access:

“I've always admired Rich Eisen’s work, so it's no surprise to me that his book is very entertaining.  What is a surprise is that he's somehow found time to write it in between the NFL Network’s 6,347 hours of coverage of weak-side linebackers who could be draft-sleepers.  That sort of programming and this book about it are both genuine public services.” ---Bob Costas

“A lot of things in our lives are far less than as advertised, but this book advertises Total Access and gives you Total Access. That’s right. Total Access! I’m not kidding. I liked this book and I’m not a reader.” ---Tony Kornheiser, columnist for The Washington Post and co-host for ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption

“Rich uses his great sense of humor to detail the life of an on-air NFL personality. It is a world I know well, but still I couldn't stop turning the pages. It is a great read---a must for anyone who loves television and Pro Football.” ---Joe Buck, Fox Sports

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