Playing For Pizza by John Grisham is a short novel by the author that isn’t one of his legal or suspense thrillers.
The date of publication of this book was September 24, 2007.
Playing For Pizza Book Description
Rick Dockery is the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. In the AFC Championship game, to the surprise and dismay of virtually everyone, Rick actually gets into the game.
With a seventeen-point lead and just minutes to go, Rick provides what is arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL. Overnight, he becomes a national laughingstock — and is immediately cut by the Browns and shunned by all other teams.
But all Rick knows is football, and he insists that his agent find a team that needs him. Against enormous odds, Rick finally gets a job — as the starting quarterback for the Mighty Panthers . . . of Parma, Italy.
The Parma Panthers desperately want a former NFL player — any former NFL player — at their helm. And now they’ve got Rick, who knows nothing about Parma (not even where it is) and doesn’t speak a word of Italian.
To say that Italy — the land of fine wines, extremely small cars, and football americano — holds a few surprises for Rick Dockery would be something of an understatement.