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I’ve read dozens of sports books over the years and this is one of the better ones. Ralph is a very direct guy so if you like to read the facts without too much fluff, this is your book. I’ve always been fascinated by the story behind the story. Who is the nice guy in public, but an SOB behind closed doors? Who is the guy who bends over backwards for his teammates and who is not ready for prime time? You get these kinds of details in this book. Ralph has seen it all as a player and an agent. He’s dealt with players, coaches, GM’s and owners. He doesn’t sugarcoat his interactions with these people because it was the way he was raised. I definitely recommend this book.

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All-American…NFL Player….The Original Blind Side Agent… Sports Attorney….Sports Law Professor….Public Speaker….Published Author…..these are just some of the many facets of Ralph Cindrich’s life and career. From the small, rural, coal mining town of Avella, Pennsylvania to one of the top NFL agents, using every ounce of leverage to negotiate multimillion dollar deals for clients such as Herschel Walker, Bill Fralic, Al Toon and James Farrior.

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About Ralph

Being in and around the NFL for over four decades, Ralph has seen, heard, or been in the middle of it all. He once tried to fight a Super Bowl winning coach. He went vodka shot for vodka shot with a notorious NFL owner. He hopped a plane to Buffalo for the sole purpose of screaming in person at an NFL GM that disrespected him on a phone call. He witnessed mob guys infiltrating the agent business with cash, girls, and death threats. These are just a few of the stories Ralph recalls in his book, "NFL Brawler", A Player-Turned-Agent’s Forty Years in the Bloody Trenches of the National Football League. A pro football memoir that takes the reader behind the curtain of the NFL into the often times outrageous, complicated, and cutthroat world inhabited by players, agents and owners.

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“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds, who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Theodore Roosevelt