Playing Hurt

Playing Hurt

My Journey From Despair to Hope

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A candid memoir by the late ESPN and ABC Sports broadcaster reveals his longtime battle with depression and his investigations into modern medical and homeopathic treatments, exploring how the disease affected his career and relationships and gave him insight into living a positive life. 75,000 first printing. Illustrations.

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For the first time ever, the popular late host of ESPN's The Sports Reporters and ABC's college football openly discusses a lifelong battle with depression.

During his three decades on ESPN and ABC, John Saunders became one of the nation's most respected and beloved sportscasters. In this moving, jarring, and ultimately inspiring memoir, Saunders discusses his troubled childhood, the traumatic brain injury he suffered in 2011, and the severe depression that nearly cost him his life. As Saunders writes,

Playing Hurt is not an autobiography of a sports celebrity but a memoir of a man facing his own mental illness, and emerging better off for the effort. I will take you into the heart of my struggle with depression, including insights into some of its causes, its consequences, and its treatments.

I invite you behind the facade of my apparently "perfect" life as a sportscaster, with a wonderful wife and two healthy, happy adult daughters. I have a lot to be thankful for, and I am truly grateful. But none of these things can protect me or anyone else from the disease of depression and its potentially lethal effects.

Mine is a rare story: that of a black man in the sports industry openly grappling with depression. I will share the good, the bad, and the ugly, including the lengths I've gone to to conceal my private life from the public.

So why write a book? Because I want to end the pain and heartache that comes from leading a double life. I also want to reach out to the millions of people, especially men, who think they're alone and can't ask for help.

John Saunders died suddenly on August 10 ,2016, from an enlarged heart, diabetes, and other complications. This book is his ultimate act of generosity to help those who suffer from mental illness, and those who love them.



A candid and revealing memoir about confronting a crippling disease, by the host of ESPN’s Sports Reporters and ABC’s college football


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A candid memoir by the late ESPN and ABC Sports broadcaster reveals his longtime battle with depression and his investigations into modern medical and homeopathic treatments, exploring how the disease affected his career and relationships.

Publisher: New York :, Da Capo Press,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780306824739
0306824736
Characteristics: 293 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Saunders, John 1955-2016
Bacon, John U.

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Aug 29, 2017

I had no idea who this man was when I picked out this book but was interested in the title. I have chronic pain so thought there might be some ideas for me. Little did I know what an excruciating childhood he had and what an amazing man, father, husband and career person he is despite chronic physical pain and severe depression and anxiety that was with him every minute of his life.
This is a very inspiring man in many ways, we are fortunate to have his story to learn from.

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