Former Houston Oilers quarterback Dan Pastorini’s book — Taking Flak: My life in the fast lane, which was co-authored by John P. Lopez and will offer revealing and entertaining details on Pastorini’s remarkable life, has been scheduled for a mid-November release to retailers and online.
For nearly 30-years, Pastorini repeatedly has been approached to tell the behind-the-scenes story of Luv Ya Blue, his playboy lifestyle, life as a drag racer and offer inside perspective on his gluttonous NFL life and volatile relationships with the likes of Al Davis and Bud Adams.
As part of what Pastorini called, “a cathartic journey” back from the lowest of lows, Pastorini decided finally to put in print his story.
In Taking Flak, Pastorini rises from his days as a legendary California golden boy and reveals an indulgent, brilliant, funny, cursed and humbling story.
Pastorini changed the way NFL quarterbacks played the game, donning the first Flak Jacket to protect three shattered ribs. He threw perhaps the most fateful pass in playoff history, a controversial championship moment that led to use of NFL replay. He was involved in a tragic speedboating accident. He beat “Big Daddy” Don Garlits and all of drag racing’s best. He was the hero in the most triumphant return an NFL team ever received. He married a Playboy model and posed for Playgirl. He dated Farrah Fawcett and was the most iconic figure in a Wild West era when Texas oil boomed and gluttony prevailed.
Taking Flak, like Pastorini, holds nothing back.