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Playing for Pizza by John Grisham
In Playing for Pizza, Rick Dockery is a third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, and when he's forced to play during a playoff game, he blows it big time. His terrible performance causes the Browns to lose their chance at the Super Bowl and their enraged fans chase him out of town. The only football team interested in him now is the Parma Panthers. That's Parma, Italy. In Italy, Dockery finds teammates who play for the fun of it, and Italy's charms - its food, wine, and a certain female opera singer - draw him in. He even gets the chance to lead his new team to the Italian Super Bowl, if he can avoid disaster again. John Grisham's novel has received mostly positive reviews with the Boston Globe saying, "Grisham has connected with a deeply satisfying story of an athlete finding redemption. What could have been a painful exile for a disgraced American quarterback becomes a delightfully unexpected homecoming."