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3.0000951022349 out of 53.0000951022349 out of 53.0000951022349 out of 53.0000951022349 out of 53.0000951022349 out of 5 3.00 (21,030 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Grisham Narrator: Christopher Evan Welch Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Rick Dockery was the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. In the AFC Championship game against Denver, to the surprise and dismay of virtually everyone, Rick actually got into the game. With a 17-point lead and just minutes to go, Rick provided what was arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL. Overnight, he became a national laughingstock and, of course, was immediately cut by the Browns and shunned by all other teams.

But all Rick knows is football, and he insists that his agent, Arnie, find a team that needs him. Against enormous odds Arnie finally locates just such a team and informs Rick that, miraculously, he can in fact now be a starting quarterback–for the mighty Panthers of Parma, Italy.

Yes, Italians do play American football, to one degree or another, and the Parma Panthers desperately want a former NFL player–any former NFL player–at their helm. So Rick reluctantly agrees to play for the Panthers–at least until a better offer comes along–and heads off to Italy. He knows nothing about Parma, has never been to Europe, and doesn’t speak or understand a word of Italian. To say that Italy holds a few surprises for Rick Dockery would be something of an understatement.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Fans of John Grisham live for his legal thrillers, but now and then he serves up something unexpected. That’s exactly what he does, with great success, in Playing for Pizza. USA Today
  • Enthralling. People
  • Score another one for Grisham...This is a fish-out-of-water tale that perfectly suits his strengths as a storyteller. USA Today
  • A light-hearted story of football, food and love. Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Football in Italy? Who knew? Grisham means to have a sweet time with this story of a fallen NFL quarterback. And he does. Daily News (New York)
  • Delightfully comic...a deeply satisfying story. The Boston Globe
  • Charming...the author's love letter to Italy. Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jesse broughton | 5/26/2016

    " I liked the book. It showed that everybody has a place in this world and you don't have to be a million dollar player to be happy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Audrey | 2/20/2014

    " I think Grisham should stick to his law books. This one was not nearly as good as his others in my opinion "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Darlene Emanuel | 2/19/2014

    " Enjoyed this story love football and love love :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeri Collins | 2/16/2014

    " I really enjoyed this story. Loved the tiny peak into pro football. DEFINITELY makes me want to visit Italy. As if I really need another reason to want to travel. "

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