"Offensive Conduct: My Life on the Line"
Tom Hale has authored Offensive Conduct: My Life on the Line, the biography of University of Alabama and New England Patriots football legend John "Hog" Hannah. Offensive Conduct is a first person narrative of Hannah’s meteoric rise from childhood through the Crimson Tide football program as starting offensive left guard under legendary Head Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant and into the stratosphere of elite professional football players. A 1973 number four first round draft pick by the New England Patriots, John Hannah is regarded as perhaps the greatest large athlete to have ever lived having been declared "The Best Offensive Lineman of All Time" by Sports Illustrated in August, 1981. Hannah was voted All-Pro ten times, played in nine Pro Bowls, was voted by the NFL Players Association four years running as Most Valuable Offensive Lineman, and in 1991, was the first New England Patriot inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Hale has spent several years coaxing details out of the football legend, many never revealed until now. Published in hardback by Triumph Books in Chicago, Offensive Conduct is available for pre-order online at Amazon.com, Books-A-Million, and other online booksellers. The book will be on shelves in major bookstores nationwide October 1, 2013. A limited number of pre-release autographed copies will be available at The Alabama Booksmith in Homewood, Alabama, on August 12th. The national launch and book signing of Offensive Conduct will be held August 15th at Town & Country Ford in Bessemer, Alabama, at 5:30 pm. Guests will have an opportunity to meet Eli Gold, John Hannah and Tom Hale for a personal signing session. Other signing events through Christmas 2013 for venues across the country will be announced soon.