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Packer great 'honest, candid' with author
February 14, 2012 - Burt Angeli
The author of “Alive And Kicking: My Journey Through Football, Addiction And Life” (KCI) says Chester Marcol has been “blown away by the response” to the book.
Gary D’Amato, a Milwaukee JournalSentinel sportswriter, approached the former Green Bay Packer kick in October, 2002, about a book.
“I thought then that his story would make for a great book but he wasn't ready to tell it,” D’Amato said. “I didn't know it then, but he was still relapsing.
“He wasn't ready to write a book until last summer. He told a mutual friend he wanted to do a book and the friend contacted me.”
D’Amato spent many hours interviewing Marcol.
“What struck me was how candid and honest he was about his failings and problems,” D’Amato said. “At one point, he literally had me in tears and I had to stop taking notes, but he was pretty emotionally detached.
“He was able to talk about the suicide attempt and very painful episodes in his life in a matter-of-fact manner. The more I got to know Chester, the more I believed he was a very decent, caring, genuine man with a big heart who has a disease.”
Marcol also gripped an audience during a book-signing appearance at the Hitch N Post in Aurora.
Marcol, a certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor at Phoenix House in Calumet, lives in Dollar Bay.
The Packer Hall of Famer remains devoted to the team.
“My family and friends know I’m nuts when it comes to the Packers.”
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