"Put aside the fact that it ended my playing career, punched holes in my memory and put life as I knew it on indefinite hold, it wasn't that tough a hit." Thus begins "Goin' Deep", Matt Dunigan's gritty, often startling memoir of his 14-year journey as a Canadian Football League quarterback, a career brought to a shattering halt on an afternoon in Hamilton in 1996 in a game he still cannot remember. It is a story that takes readers where football fans cannot go -- down the stadium runway into the dressing rooms -- where injury is a fact of life, injections can put agony on temporary hold, and the tough-minded live by the credo that "Pain is mind over matter. If you don't mind the pain, it doesn't matter. But "Goin' Deep" is more than a football story. The concussion suffered in that game against the BC Lions marked the end of Dunigan's brilliant Hall of Fame career in the no-quarter world of professional football -- and the beginning of another journey still in progress, where some days start third-and-long and memories can be shrouded in a drifting, frustrating fog that may or may not clear.
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Author Biography - Matt Dunigan
Matt Dunigan is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and a former quarterback for the Edmonton Eskimos, BC Lions, Toronto Argonauts, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Birmingham Barracudas and Hamilton Tiger-Cats. In 1994, Dunigan achieved a pro football record, passing for a remarkable 713 yards in a single game. He is now a CFL analyst and broadcaster for TSN. He lives in Toronto, Ontario. Jim Taylor has produced some 7,500 sports columns, three times as many radio shows and fifteen books. His passion has earned him membership in the CFL and BC Sports Halls of Fame and a lifetime achievement award from Sports Media Canada. He is the co-author of Goin Deep: The Life and Times of a CFL Quarterback with Matt Dunigan and Hello, Sweetheart? Gimmie Rewrite!: My Life in the Wonderful World of Sports. He lives in Shawnigan Lake, BC.