By Esera Tuaolo, John Rosengren
This can be Esera Tuaolo's personal searing tale of terror and desire. A Samoan raised on a Hawaiian banana plantation, he had a traditional 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 tremendous Bowl. yet for the 9 years he performed expert soccer he lived in terror that once his face flashed upon the television monitor, an individual could expose his darkest mystery. Esera Tuaolo is homosexual.
Alone within the Trenches takes you contained in the homophobic international soccer and describes fears that just about drove him to suicide. He conjures up heartbreak--how his older brother, Tua, died of AIDS--and desire while, Esera, a deeply religious Christian fell in love and began a family.
"Tuaolo emerges in those pages as a posh, intellectually curious and engaging person outlined neither via his number of profession nor via his sexual orientation." --Booklist
"Tough, gentle and brutally honest." --Robert Lipsyte, former big apple instances activities columnist
"Even i used to be now not ready for his extraordinary lifestyles story." --Billy Bean, writer of Going the wrong way