Playing for Pizza – Rick Dockery is the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. In the AFC Championship game, to the surprise and dismay of virtually everyone, Rick actually gets into the game. With a seventeen-point lead and just minutes to go, Rick provides what is arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL. Overnight, he becomes a national laughingstockâ€”and is immediately cut by the Browns and shunned by all other teams.
But all Rick knows is football, and he insists that his agent find a team that needs him. Against enormous odds, Rick finally gets a jobâ€”as the starting quarterback for the Mighty Panthers . . . of Parma, Italy. The Parma Panthers desperately want a former NFL playerâ€”any former NFL playerâ€”at their helm. And now theyâ€™ve got Rick, who knows nothing about Parma (not even where it is) and doesnâ€™t speak a word of Italian. To say that Italyâ€”the land of fine wines, extremely small cars, and football americanoâ€”holds a few surprises for Rick Dockery would be something of an understatement.