SOURCE: Author Dan Pastorini

Author Dan Pastorini

November 15, 2011 12:37 ET

NFL Legend, Former Houston Oilers Quarterback and Drag Racing Icon, Dan Pastorini Releases Autobiography

Taking Flak, My Life in the Fast Lane

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - Nov 15, 2011) - Dan Pastorini today announced the release of his autobiography titled, "Taking Flak, My Life in the Fast Lane." The tell all details the life and times of the NFL quarterback and drag racing icon and is available at on November 17, 2011.

With the assistance of sports writer and radio personality John P. Lopez, Mr. Pastorini tells a compelling story and honestly shares the life of Dante Pastorini. Throughout his football career Pastorini became known for being the toughest man in football, changing the way NFL quarterbacks played the game. Pastorini was the first NFL quarterback to wear the Flak Jacket to protect three shattered ribs. He also threw perhaps the most fateful pass in playoff history, a controversial championship moment that led to the use of NFL replay. In addition, Pastorini beat "Big Daddy" Don Garlits and all of drag racing's best, while never backing down from anything or anyone.

"This endeavor was a cathartic experience delving into some personal family issues including my relationship with my daughter, the bad choices that come with fame and the trials in overcoming defeat both on and off the field," said Dan Pastorini. "But my experiences were well worth the journey in fulfilling a life long dream of being a professional in two sports I loved. It was one hell of a ride."

"Taking Flak, My Life in the Fast Lane" gives a detailed account about how Pastorini lived life to the fullest. "He had Hollywood starlets on his arm and a legion of fans in the palms of his hands. His life was indulgent, brilliant, cursed and humbling," said John P. Lopez. "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, My Life in the Fast Lane" is the story of a gifted, hard-driving kid from California who never stopped going fast or chasing dreams. No matter how much flak he took. Pastorini has never told the whole story, until now.

John P. Lopez is a regular contributor for and, as well as co-host of CBS Houston's morning sports talk show, Vandermeer & Lopez. Lopez has written for the Bryan Eagle, San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle. He has been named Texas' best sports columnist and earned national recognition from the Associated Press. In 1997, Lopez co-authored "Landing On My Feet - A Diary Of Dreams," with 1996 Olympic gold medalist Kerri Strug.

Taking Flak is available at,, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and major retailers. For more information or to schedule an interview with Dan Pastorini or John P. Lopez, contact Karen Henry at 713-599-1271 or

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