The author of North Dallas Forty has died:
Mr. Gent said he suffered many lasting physical and psychological effects from his football career.
“I do know this,” he told The Post in 1979. “During the first couple of years after I left football, there was no justification for living. It was a nightmare. Life just had no meaning compared to catching a football.” …
“It’s like a world that nobody can imagine,” he said, “but as long as the game is there, you know, like I said, I’d do it again.”