THE ROOKIE HANDBOOK

This is NOT your typical sports book about struggle and triumph. This one of a kind manual uses illustrations and humor to examine the day-to-day life of a professional football player, through the lens of a rookie. THE ROOKIE HANDBOOK has everything NFL rookies need to know to survive their first season of America’s favorite pastime, straight from NFL veterans Ryan Kalil, Jordan Gross, and Geoff Hangartner. Welcome to the Big Leagues!

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RYAN KALIL (ROOKIE YEAR 2007)

Ryan Kalil is an All-Pro NFL center for the Carolina Panthers who was drafted in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Southern California (the real USC), where he won two national championships, was named a first-team All-American, and won the 2006 Morris Trophy. In the NFL, Kalil has played nine seasons, been to five Pro Bowls, was named All-Pro in 2011, 2013 and 2015, and played in Super Bowl 50. In 2014, as part of a barbershop quartet group, Kalil sang Happy Trails to Jordan Gross during his retirement press conference. Ryan currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife, Natalie, and their three children. Ryan has long enjoyed sports, comics, and cinema (nerd alert!). When it comes to his personal wardrobe, some of his teammates refer to his style as “confused white guy.”

JORDAN GROSS (ROOKIE YEAR 2003)

Jordan Gross is a former All-Pro NFL tackle for the Carolina Panthers who was drafted in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Utah, where he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American and finalist for the Outland Trophy. In the NFL, Gross played eleven seasons, was selected to three Pro Bowls, was named All-Pro in 2008, and played in the Super Bowl XXXVIII. In 2013, Jordan played his last season with his amigos and retired a Panther. Jordan currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife, Dana, and their three children. He is a self-proclaimed outdoorsman who enjoys flaunting his Saddleback leather bags and wearing medium-sized clothes (he recently lost 80 lbs.).

GEOFF HANGARTNER (ROOKIE YEAR 2005)

Geoff Hangartner (nicknamed Piggy) is a former NFL Swiss Army Lineman for the Carolina Panthers and Buffalo Bills who was drafted in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas A&M, where he was named first-team All-Big 12. He scored 47 out of a possible 50 on the Wonderlic Personnel Test administered during the 2005 NFL Combine (Intelligent Jock). After four years with Panthers, Geoff signed a four-year contract with the Buffalo Bills. In 2011, Geoff returned to Carolina to finish his career with his three amigos and retire a Panther. Geoff currently lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Christina, and their 2 children. He’s nearly a scratch golfer who enjoys boating and growing a beard.