Playing for Pizza - John Grisham

Playing for Pizza

By John Grisham

  • Release Date: 2007-09-24
  • Genre: Literary
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 335 Ratings)



Rick Dockery is the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. In the AFC Championship game, to the surprise and dismay of virtually everyone, Rick actually gets into the game. With a seventeen-point lead and just minutes to go, Rick provides what is arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL. Overnight, he becomes a national laughingstock—and is immediately cut by the Browns and shunned by all other teams.

But all Rick knows is football, and he insists that his agent find a team that needs him. Against enormous odds, Rick finally gets a job—as the starting quarterback for the Mighty Panthers . . . of Parma, Italy. The Parma Panthers desperately want a former NFL player—any former NFL player—at their helm. And now they’ve got Rick, who knows nothing about Parma (not even where it is) and doesn’t speak a word of Italian. To say that Italy—the land of fine wines, extremely small cars, and football americano—holds a few surprises for Rick Dockery would be something of an understatement.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from John Grisham's The Litigators.


  • Enjoyable read!

    By Perry白
    Just enough football balanced with ‘Italia’!
  • Very different but fun.

    By kwd63122
    John throws a curve, but a good one. No murders and the only blood was from football games.
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  • Playing for Pizza

    By Donnie55r
    This is John Grisham's first sports book and the last one that I read. Though I wasn't sure about the main character in the beginning, it wasn't long before I started to like him. The more he discovered his true self, the more I liked him. This was a great read and I thoroughly enjoyed the history of Italy as well as the cuisine. As always, Grisam did a great job with his research.
  • Playing for Pizza

    By Cortesc279
    A different book for Grisham, quick read you have to like football.
  • A Book Review

    By Asap_spiritz
    This book made it seem as if you were right there with him. It has a perfect storyline with romance action and suspense. It's my overall all time favorite book!
  • A must read for a NFL fan

    By jacardozo76
    Another masterpiece! I enjoyed a great story plus American football.
  • Playing For Pizza

    By LT Sundance
    This is one of my favorite books that I have read and I have read a lot... Classics. Non - fiction. Lord of the Rings and Grapes of Wrath and Gone With the Wind are my MOST favorites, but Playing For Pizza ranks right up there.... I love it because I learned a lot about Italy where I was fortunate enough to be able to travel to and perform for the troops with the USO, right after 9/11. I was a comedian and a college football player. My father was a high school coach. I am a combat veteran having been a Lieutenant and an Infantry Platoon Leader with the First of the Eleventh Infantry in Northern I Corps in tithe Republic of Vietnam, which of course no longer exists. I suppose that's one of the reasons this book appeals to me --- being in a leadership position and facing physical danger. I've read some of his other books but this one, though somewhat obscure, is my favorite. Blake Clark
  • One for the ages

    By DFoderaro
    Absolutely love this book. Paints a beautiful picture of everyday life in Italy. One of my favorite books of all time and would recommend this to all people of any age
  • Fun

    By Swept me in
    Playing for pizza is a wonderful trip into life in italy. Through the eyes of an American washed-up quarterback, we see how Italians live, eat and enjoy life. We Americans should approach life the same way as our Italian neighbors. Family, friends, food and unbridled love of life. A treat to read.