Busted Bronco
From Addiction to Redemption

by Joe O'Brien
and Bob Evancho

published by Bootleg Books

  • Busted Bronco: From Addiction to Redemption is the gripping story of the rise and fall of All-American football star Joe O'Brien, written by O'Brien and Bob Evancho. The charismatic and talented O'Brien saw his NFL hopes dashed by his involvement in drugs, his promising coaching career ending in a dramatic arrest that made headlines. After two years in federal prison, O'Brien turned his life around. This is the story of O'Brien's awakening -- a story of redemption and renewal.

192 pages, 6 x 9

ISBN 10: 0-9658911-1-9
ISBN 13: 978-0-9658911-1-0

August 2011

    O'Brien writes about:
  • His disjointed and dysfunctional upbringing
  • His sometimes violent and unlawful behavior
  • His involvement in the meth ring that led to his arrest
  • The circumstances surrounding his arrest
  • The details of his conviction and 28-month imprisonment
  • His triumph over the demons that have haunted him throughout his life





Busted Bronco
From Addiction to Redemption

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Joe O'Brien align= Joe O'Brien grew up in Pittsburg, California, where he was a standout student and a three-sport star in high school. He played football at Santa Clara University and Boise State University. In 1994, his senior year at BSU, he was a first-team Division 1-AA All-American defensive end and the Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year. O'Brien played professional football from 1995-98. He worked as an assistant football coach at BSU, Northern Arizona University and Montana State University. O'Brien owns a construction business in Great Falls, Montana, where he lives with his wife, Gracie.
Bob Evancho align= Bob Evancho has written three other books. He is the co-author of Pokey: The Good Fight and Elegant Soul: The Life and Music of Gene Harris as well as the writer/editor of Ida Tours the 44: A Book of Idaho's Counties. He was also a contributing writer/editor to three books published by Boise State University and has won numerous writing awards. Originally from Detroit, he received a bachelor's degree from Grand Valley State in Michigan and a master's degree from Boise State. He and his wife, Sue, live in Boise, Idaho. They have three adult children.

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