Jan Thatcher met Karl Kassulke in 1962 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where he was a football hero about to enter the world of professional football. In Football Wife, she chronicles the joys and privileges of the elite celebrity life, while also revealing the dark side to such privilege. While Karl succeeded with the Minnesota Vikings, Jan worked, attended university and medical school, and gave birth to two sons. Theirs was a loving union with plenty of fun and laughter, but the consequences of alcohol, drugs, celebrity, groupies, and repeated head injury began to erode the marriage. Eventually the challenges and issues of celebrity could not be resolved, and after nine years they were divorced. How all of this affected their paths is unique and in a way defines a generation. Told from Janas perspective, Football Wife is set in a time when America was rapidly changing from conservative to free-wheeling, from closet alcoholism to an awakening to the consequences of alcohol abuse, while the sexual, racial, and womenas revolutions were raging. A true story told with love and compassion, its cautionary message offers hope to anyone struggling with destructive issues in their relationships.Somehow Ia#39;d thought professional football players earned more, and I get a lesson in the hierarchies of the game. ... The highest paid are the offensive players, with the most going to the quarterbacks, then the premiere running backs , then the ... This is before there is a playersa#39; union, and the team manager could make a player feel as if each game lost was the ... that of a rookie defensive halfback is fairly small, though still about twice the national average for annual income at the time.
|Author||:||Jan Thatcher Adams|
|Publisher||:||Cool Springs Press - 2011-06-01|