Mar 18, 2023

Memoir: The Case of the Disappearing Quarterback

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The Case of the Disappearing Quarterback is a memoir by Mike Boryla, a former professional football player in the National Football League (NFL). The book is a detailed account of Boryla’s experiences as a quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1970s and the challenges he faced both on and off the field.

Boryla was a standout quarterback in college, and his success caught the attention of NFL scouts. In fact, much of the book dives deep into those early, formative years.

He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles, but he struggled to establish himself as the team’s starting quarterback due to injuries and inconsistent play. Despite this, Boryla persevered and overcame, eventually earning the starting job. He led the Eagles to some notable victories.

He started ten games for the Eagles in 19676, then was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1977, where he was sidelined due to a knee injury.

“I suffered three concussions, a bruised sternum, a torn rotator cuff, three broken noses, two nose surgeries, one mouth surgery, three torn ligaments, another stomach surgery, five knee surgeries including two 3D printed ceramic artificial knee surgeries, sixty stitches in various sundry locations on my face and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.”

In The Case of the Disappearing Quarterback, Boryla provides a candid and introspective account of his experiences as a professional athlete. He explores the pressures and expectations that come with playing at the highest level of sports and the toll they can take on an individual’s mental and emotional well-being. He also reflects on his decision to retire from football and the impact it had on his life and career.

Overall, The Case of the Disappearing Quarterback is a compelling and insightful memoir that offers a unique perspective on the challenges and complexities of professional sports. Boryla’s honesty and vulnerability make the book a must-read for anyone interested in the human side of sports and the toll that high-stakes competition can take on an individual’s mental health.

This is more than just a book. In 2014, after over three decades as a lawyer, Boryla wrote and performed The Disappearing Quarterback as a one-man autobiographical stage play. It included history and humor, as well as commentary on concussions in professional sports. “It’s a psychopathic blood sport,” he told the Denver Post in 2018.

It was after the theatrical run that he decided to write this book. With the editorial assistance of THGM Writers, he published the memoir version of the play. Could a film version be far behind?

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