You ought to do a story about me: addiction, an unlikely friendship, and the endless quest for redemption / Ted Jackson.
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- ISBN: 9780062935670
- ISBN: 0062935674
- Physical Description: vi, 329 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: [New York] : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, 
Contents / Notes
The prodigal son -- Son of Liberty Street, son of the south -- The wildcat -- The headhunter -- The crash of Icarus -- Twelve long steps -- Do you believe in miracles? -- Triumphant -- Even a dead man leaves a trail -- "Four score and seven years ago" -- So damn smart -- The gateway -- The damage within -- The Lombardi -- Dreams about heaven -- A frame for the wall -- The tip -- Love letters -- Giving hope -- The sabbatical -- Glory days.
"The heartbreaking, timeless, and redemptive story of the transformative friendship binding a fallen-from-grace NFL player and a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist who meet on the streets of New Orleans, offering a rare glimpse into the precarious world of homelessness and the lingering impact of systemic racism and poverty on the lives of NOLA's citizens"-- Provided by publisher.
In 1990, while covering a story about homelessness, Jackson encountered a drug addict sleeping under a bridge. The homeless stranger looked the photojournalist in the eye and said, "You ought to do a story about me." When Jackson asked why, he was stunned by the answer. "Because I've played in three Super Bowls." Jackie Wallace was a former NFL star who rose to the pinnacle of fame and fortune, only to crash and lose it all. Here Jackson describes the details of how Wallace spiraled into addiction and homelessness-- and of the thirty-year relationship the two developed. -- adapted from jacket
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