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The Dark Side of the Game

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Sportscaster and former National Football League defensive end Tim Green reveals what it’s really like to play in the NFL in The Dark Side of the Game. In this - the Super Bowl champion of tell-all novels - an eight-year NFL veteran exposes the game he loves, warts and all. This audiobook is packed with hard-hitting inside information only a former player could know. From the perfect partnership between the mob and the NFL to the shattered lives of former players, no subject is out of bounds. At the same time, you’ll meet the NFL’s role models and true heroes, including the dazzling Deion Sanders and the superb Steve Young. Whether you’re one of the millions of die-hard fans, or only have a passing interest in the game, veteran narrator Richard Poe’s no-nonsense voice and flair for the drama of the game puts you in the huddle. This unflinching look at the most-watched professional sports league on Earth is a must-listen.

©1996 Tim Green (P)1997 Recorded Books

Narrator: Richard Poe
Author: Tim Green
Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
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Where Men Win Glory

16 ratings

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The best-selling author of Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, and Under the Banner of Heaven delivers a stunning, eloquent account of a remarkable young man's haunting journey. Like the men whose epic stories Jon Krakauer has told in his previous best sellers, Pat Tillman was an irrepressible individualist and iconoclast. In May 2002, Tillman walked away from his $3.6 million NFL contract to enlist in the United States Army. He was deeply troubled by 9/11, and he felt a strong moral obligation to join the fight against al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Two years later, he died on a desolate hillside in southeastern Afghanistan. Though obvious to most of the two dozen soldiers on the scene that a ranger in Tillman's own platoon had fired the fatal shots, the Army aggressively maneuvered to keep this information from Tillman's wife, other family members, and the American public for five weeks following his death. During this time, President Bush repeatedly invoked Tillman's name to promote his administration's foreign policy. Long after Tillman's nationally televised memorial service, the Army grudgingly notified his closest relatives that he had probably been killed by friendly fire while it continued to dissemble about the details of his death and who was responsible. In Where Men Win Glory, Jon Krakauer draws on Tillman's journals and letters, interviews with his wife and friends, conversations with the soldiers who served alongside him, and extensive research on the ground in Afghanistan to render an intricate mosaic of this driven, complex, and uncommonly compelling figure, as well as the definitive account of the events and actions that led to his death. Before he enlisted in the army, Tillman was familiar to sports aficionados as an undersized, overachieving Arizona Cardinals safety whose virtuosity in the defensive backfield was spellbinding. With his shoulder-length hair, outspoken views, and boundless intellectual curiosity, Tillm...

©2009 Jon Krakauer (P)2009 Random House Audio

Narrator: Scott Brick
Author: Jon Krakauer
Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
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Laurent Duvernay-Tardif

3 ratings

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Depuis que le Kansas City Star a qualifié Laurent Duvernay-Tardif d’«homme le plus intéressant de la NFL», les médias américains et canadiens se passionnent pour son parcours atypique. Et pour cause: en plus de jouer avec les Chiefs de Kansas City, Duvernay-Tardif poursuit en parallèle des études de médecine à l'Université McGill, ultime pied de nez à tous ceux qui lui enjoignaient de choisir entre le sport et les études.  Dans la biographie que le journaliste Pierre Cayouette lui consacre, on découvre une histoire qui pique la curiosité et force l'admiration. De son enfance à Mont-Saint-Hilaire à l'école alternative, des deux années qu’il a passées à bord d'un voilier avec sa famille jusqu'à son repêchage par la plus prestigieuse ligue de football en Amérique du Nord, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif démontre des qualités d'athlète et d'intellectuel, une détermination et un charisme indéniables. Infatigable, il s'investit, grâce à sa fondation, dans la promotion de l'activité physique et de saines habitudes de vie chez les jeunes (fondationldt.com).

©2017 Flammarion Québec (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Gabriel Lessard
Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
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NFL Brawler

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NFL Brawler is a raucous first-person account of an NFL under siege by the game's first player turned agent, Ralph Cindrich, the original "Blind Side" agent. This entertaining pro football memoir takes listeners behind the scenes of the game's most important and outrageous drafts, deals, and trades; takes on NFL scandals by telling it like it is; and takes listeners closer to the real action of the sport - from locker rooms to boardrooms and into the worlds of agents and players - than any book to date. Chronicling more than 30 years in the professional football business, Ralph Cindrich, twice named by the Sporting News as one of the 100 most powerful people in sports, writes about the who's who of professional football: NFL personnel like Jimmy Johnson, Bill Polian, and Bill Parcells; NFL owners like Art Rooney and Al Davis; sports agents; and, of course, NFL players like Herschel Walker, Bill Fralic, and James Farrior. While taking certain aspects of his beloved sport to task, Cindrich delivers a memoir that is a must-listen for any fan of the game.

©2015 Ralph Cindrich (P)2015 Tantor

Narrator: R.C. Bray
Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
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Gunslinger

2 ratings

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A towering figure on the field for two decades and destined for the Hall of Fame, Brett Favre was one of the game's last cowboys, a fastball-throwing, tobacco-chewing gunslinger who refused to give up without a fight. This peerless quarterback guided the Green Bay Packers to two Super Bowls and one championship win, shattering countless NFL records along the way. Gunslinger tells Brett Favre's full, definitive story for the first time, drawing on more than 500 interviews, including many from the people closest to Favre. Jeff Pearlman charts Favre's journey, from his rough rural childhood and lackluster high school football career to landing the last roster spot at Southern Mississippi to a late-night car accident that nearly took his life. Favre clawed back, getting drafted into the NFL, first to Atlanta, then to Green Bay, where he restored the Packers to greatness and inspired a fan base as passionate as any in the game. Yet he struggled with demons: addiction, infidelity, the loss of his father the day before he honored him by playing the greatest game of his career, and ultimately a fraught, painfully prolonged exit from the game he loved.

©2016 Jeff Pearlman (P)2016 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Narrator: Barry Abrams
Length: 17 hrs and 37 mins
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Rudy

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The inspirational real-life story of the man behind the beloved movie Rudy, his continued determination to make his dreams come true, and how you can dream big too. How does a lower middle class kid, who suffered through school with undiagnosed dyslexia, get into Notre Dame and become the inspiration for millions in a Hollywood film that has become one of the most inspiring sport movies ever made? He never gave up. For the first time, read Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger's real life story and learn the behind-the-scenes details of the ten years it took to make the movie and how that tossed him into a new career of public speaking that continues on stages today alongside world-class leaders and speakers. Divided into four parts, each include details of the failures and hard lessons he's learned along the way and how hitting the reset button was often the best thing that ever happened to him: Growing up one of 14 kids in Joliet, a brief stint in the Navy opens a new world of opportunity and dreams Rudy finds a side door into Notre Dame where in a legendary moment he becomes one of only a few players in school history to be carried off the field The struggle to find a career after college leads him to his new impossible dream, to get a movie made about his life story Launched into a new world, Rudy finds his true calling as an inspirational speaker and reveals how losing site of his own dreams nearly derails him, but how once again, in learning another of life's most important lessons, he finds a reason to hope again—through the eyes of the next generation of Rudys Rudy doesn't represent some far-fetched Hollywood fantasy that most people can never attain—the power of his story comes from the fact that at heart he's just an “Average Joe.” The moral is that anyone with a dream can make that dream a reality—as long as they’re willing to put in the hard work, and heart, it takes to get there.

©2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc. (P)2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Narrator: Daniel Butler
Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
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Talking to GOATs

9 ratings

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A star-studded, dynamic production performed by Jim Gray with a foreword written and read by Tom Brady. Talking to GOATs audio also features appearances by Bob Costas, Vin Scully, Carol Burnett, and Snoop Dogg.  “As a sportscaster and sports historian, Jim’s career genuinely stands the test of time.... This book is sports history about some of the greats by one of the greats, who was taking it all in on the sidelines, in the stands or the dugout, by the 18th green, courtside, or in the broadcast booth.” (Tom Brady, six-time NFL Super Bowl champion GOAT) A riveting, insightful memoir of never-before-told stories from Jim Gray, 12-time Emmy Award-winner, Hall of Fame sports broadcaster, and renowned interviewer - that explores the author's career and the inside stories and memorable moments of the famous legends he has covered including, Muhammad Ali, Tom Brady, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Mike Tyson. In Talking to GOATs, award-winning broadcaster Jim Gray looks back at his four decades of sports reporting from the unparalleled perspective of one of the world’s most respected and skilled interviewers. A journalist who many iconic athletes have trusted to tell their stories (of both triumph and disgrace), Jim has had unprecedented access to the people, places and extraordinary events in the world of sports. Asking tough but fair questions, he has broken numerous stories, and landed squarely in the middle of others, from the Ben Johnson and Barry Bonds steroid scandals, to Michael Jordan’s surprise retirement, to the off-the-court Kobe/Shaq feud which led to their on-the-court break up, to being part of the live broadcast for 22 Super Bowls. He’s climbed into the ring to interview Mike Tyson after he bit off a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear, and stood next to Ron Artest when the  “Malice at the Palace” melee erupted, and was on site at the bombing of the Atlanta Olympics.  Anyone who has watched Jim effortlessly engage his subjects at the precise moment of triumph or tragedy has little idea what it takes to secure the interview, or what actually happens when the camera cuts away.  These are real, mesmerizing, and previously untold stories. Talking to GOATs features numerous world-class athletes, including Muhammad Ali, Tom Brady, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Floyd Mayweather, Michael Phelps, Mike Tyson, and Tiger Woods, and world leaders George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Mikhail Gorbachev, and many more. Jim gives the listener a coveted all-access pass as he reviews the best interviews, the best athletes, and the best games in modern sports history. It’s like a personal introduction to the characters and careers of these heroes and villains we’ve known since childhood. He examines how money, celebrity, the media, and power interact, and how sports, more than any other institution, has led to momentous transformations in American society.  

©2020 Jim Gray and Greg Bishop (P)2020 HarperAudio

Author: Jim Gray
Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
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The Blind Side

13 ratings

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In football, as in life, the value we place on people changes with the rules of the games they play.  When we first meet the young man at the center of this extraordinary and moving story, he is one of 13 children by a mother addicted to crack; he does not know his real name, his father, his birthday, or any of the things a child might learn in school. And he has no serious experience playing organized football.  What changes? He takes up football, and school, after a rich, Evangelical, Republican family plucks him from the mean streets.  Their love is the first great force that alters the world’s perception of the boy, whom they adopt. The second force is the evolution of professional football itself.  In The Blind Side, Lewis shows us a largely unanalyzed but inexorable trend in football working its way down from the pros to the high school game, where it collides with the life of a single young man to produce a narrative of great and surprising power. 

©2006 Michael Lewis (P)2006 Books on Tape

Narrator: Stephen Hoye
Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
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Truth Doesn't Have a Side

3 ratings

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One day in 2002 the 50-year old body of former Pittsburgh Steeler and hall of famer Mike Webster was laid on a cold table in front of pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu. Webster's body looked to Omalu like the body of a much older man, and the circumstances of his behavior prior to his death were clouded in mystery. But when Omalu cut into Webster's brain, it appeared to be normal. Something didn't add up. It was at this moment, Omalu studying slides of Webster's brain tissue under a microscope, that the world of contact sports would never be the same: the discovery of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. CTE can result in an array of devastating consequences including deterioration in attention, memory loss, social instability, depression, and even suicide. And Omalu's discovery of CTE in the brain of an American football player has become the catalyst of a blazing controversy across all contact sports. At the center of that controversy stands the unlikely Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian-born American citizen, a mild-mannered, gentle man of faith. It is fascinating that it would take someone on the outside of American culture to make this amazing discovery, and refuse to let it be kept hidden. Dr. Omalu began his life in strife, growing up in war-torn Nigeria. But his medical studies in forensic pathology proved to be a lifeline. It fed his natural curiosity and awakened within a deeper desire to always search for the truth. Who would have thought that such an unexpected character would play such a role in bringing to life this world-changing data? In Truth Doesn't Have a Side, discover the truth about CTE: Its causes and symptoms, how we might keep our children safe and guide professional athletes when CTE sets in. The problem of CTE is coming to light with each new story about an athlete's concussion problem, and we are likely facing dramatic changes to professional sports. You'll be inspired by Dr. Bennet Omalu a man driven by his love and concern for the welfare of all people, and his professional vow to speak the truth.

©2017 Omalu, LLC (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Narrator: Ron Butler
Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
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America's Quarterback

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A powerful biography of one of the greatest football players of all time, in the spirit of Johnny U and Namath. No one can touch Bart Starr's record setting 5 NFL Championships, including 3 straight. America's Quarterback tells the story of the man who helped create the legend of Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers. Set against the changing landscape of the last half of the 20th century, this biography traces Starr’s life from childhood in Alabama to stardom in Green Bay and beyond. Not a simple sports story, Dunnavant traces the story of one man reaching for the American dream while professional football emerged from the shadows to capture the nation’s imagination. It’s a story of the tension between a coach and a player as different as fire and ice, and how they came to trust and revere each other. It’s a story of triumph tempered by tragedy, and the world-class athlete who quietly and persistently, achieved a level of greatness unsurpassed by any quarterback since. A remarkable blend of personal memory and historical narrative, America’s Quarterback is a tribute to an American hero and the perfect companion to the classic When Pride Still Mattered.

©2011 Keith Dunnavant (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Jay Snyder
Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
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The Ultimate Pittsburgh Steelers Trivia Book

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Do you think you’re the ultimate Pittsburgh Steelers superfan? Do you have a buddy who bleeds black and gold for the Steelers? Do you want to learn about the history of your favorite six-time Super Bowl champion? Even if you couldn’t answer yes to any of those questions, you will still enjoy The Ultimate Pittsburgh Steelers Trivia Book, the best book to learn about the historic Pittsburgh Steelers. This trivia book is packed with interesting facts about the Steelers from cover to cover, taking you from the tough football in western Pennsylvania to the hallowed halls of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. In this book, you'll discover the answer to: Which team combined with the Steelers during World War II to create a new team? How many Hall-of-Famers did the Steelers draft in 1974? Which Pittsburgh receiver was coached by Snoop Dogg in a youth football league? Which Pittsburgh draft pick won six collegiate national titles as a wrestler? Who was the youngest quarterback to start and win a Super Bowl? Whether you are a knowledgeable Steelers fanatic hungry for more information about your favorite team, an NFL superfan craving knowledge about the teams in the league, or just someone who enjoys learning new, interesting facts to learn new things, this book is right up your alley. You will not be disappointed when discovering the world of the Pittsburgh Steelers, so just crack open the book, sit back, relax, and enjoy the wave of knowledge.

©2020 HRP House (P)2021 HRP House

Narrator: Scott Miller
Author: Ray Walker
Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
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Dream Big, Never Quit

1 rating

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You Can’t Be Feeble in Football. But that’s exactly what Marc was. Repeatedly bullied and overweight, Marc was an unpopular kid who turned pain into fuel to transform his body, train his mind, and change the course of his entire life.  What started as self-defense became an unquenchable thirst for self-improvement from pre-dawn sprints at his high school track to living in a storage closet while training for the NFL draft. It took blood, sweat, sacrifice - and his mom’s heartfelt advice - for Marc to go from an insecure boy to a professional NFL athlete.  His against-all-odds story is proof that a bigger life, a better version of you, and incredible success is possible with enough grit, hard work, and dedication. For anyone who’s been told they aren’t strong enough, fast enough, or simply good enough, this book will move you to dream big and believe in yourself.

©2019 Marc Megna (P)2021 Marc Megna

Narrator: Marc Megna
Author: Marc Megna
Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
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Woodlawn

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This riveting true story of courage, strength, and football at the height of racial tension in Birmingham, Alabama, inspired the motion picture Woodlawn and tells the story of Coach Tandy Gerelds; his running back, Tony Nathan; and a high school football game that healed a city. Woodlawn is soon to be a major motion picture starring Jon Voight, Nic Bishop, and C. Thomas Howell. In the midst of violent, impassioned racial tensions in Birmingham, Alabama, new football coach Tandy Gerelds was struggling to create a winning football team at Woodlawn High School - one of the last schools in Birmingham to integrate. The team he was handed did not have the caliber of players he needed to win - until he saw Tony Nathan run. But Tony was African American, and Coach Gerelds knew that putting him in as running back would be like drawing a target on his own back and the back of his soon-to-be star player. But Coach Gerelds saw something in Tony, and he knew that his decision to let him play was about more than football. It was about doing what was right for the school...and the city. Coach Gerelds' football field became the only place in Birmingham where racial tensions melted away, but Tony was still plagued by chaos and violence in school. With the help of a new school chaplain, Tony learned to look beyond himself and realized that there was more at stake than winning a game. In 1974 Coach Gerelds' interracial team made Alabama history, drawing 42,000 fans into the stadium to watch them play. It was this game that triggered the unity and support of the Woodlawn High School Colonels and that finally allowed a city to heal and taught its citizens how to love.

©2015 Thomas Todd Gerelds (P)2015 Simon & Schuster Audio

Narrator: Kirby Heyborne
Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
Available on Audible
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The TB12 Method

46 ratings

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The number one New York Times best seller by the six-time Super Bowl champion The first book by Tampa Bay Buccaneers and former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady - the six-time Super Bowl champion who is still reaching unimaginable heights of excellence at 42 years old - a gorgeously illustrated and deeply practical “athlete’s bible” that reveals Brady’s revolutionary approach to sustained peak performance for athletes of all kinds and all ages.  In this new edition of The TB12 Method, Tom Brady further explains and details the revolutionary training, conditioning, and wellness system that has kept him atop the NFL at an age when most players are deep into retirement. Brady - along with the expert Body Coaches at TB12, the performance lifestyle brand he cofounded in 2013 with Alex Guerrero - explain the principles and philosophies of pliability, a paradigm-shifting fitness concept that focuses on a more natural, healthier way of exercising, training, and living. Filled with lessons from Brady’s own training regimen, The TB12 Method provides step-by-step guidance on how develop and maintain one’s own peak performance while dramatically decreasing injury risks. This illustrated, highly visual manual also offers more effective approaches to functional strength and conditioning, proper hydration, supplementation, cognitive fitness, restorative sleep, and nutritious, easy-to-execute recipes to help readers fuel-up and recover.  Brady steadfastly believes that the TB12 approach has kept him competitive while extending his career, and that it can make any athlete, male or female, in any sport and at any level achieve his or her own peak performance and do what they love, better and for longer. With instructions, drills, photos, in-depth case studies that Brady himself has used, along with personal anecdotes and experiences from his legendary career, The TB12 Method gives you a better way to train and get results with Tom Brady himself as living proof.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Tom Brady (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio

Author: Tom Brady
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
Available on Audible
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QB

7 ratings

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In the most candid and compelling sports memoir since Andre Agassi's riveting bestseller Open, former San Francisco 49er, Super Bowl champion, NFL MVP, and Hall of Famer Steve Young gives listeners an unprecedented and stunning inside look at what it takes to become a super-elite professional quarterback. Steve Young was not expected to become one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. A devout Mormon, he had a perfect GPA in school, studied Latin and calculus, and was blessed with a photographic memory. His mother pleaded that he not play football. But Young was determined to become the next Roger Staubach. QB tells the story of a boy with a gentle demeanor who overcame personal fears and his teammates' and coaches' indifference to reach the pinnacle of America's most violent game. Football was a test and a quest: listed eighth on the depth chart at Brigham Young University, Young was told he'd never play quarterback in college. He went on to endure intense media scrutiny as the highest-paid player in sports history before he ever stepped on the field as a professional. As a 49er, he went head-to-head with the legendary Joe Montana in what became the NFL's greatest quarterback controversy. But Young's biggest hurdles were invisible to the public: the physical pain that comes with being an ordinary-size man in a league of giants; the loneliness of playing sixteen seasons as a bachelor; and an undiagnosed case of separation anxiety that made him dread getting out of bed and caused him to vomit in locker room bathrooms before games. Through sheer grit, Young put on a helmet week after week, season after season, leading his team to a Super Bowl championship, endearing himself to both the city of San Francisco and football fans everywhere.

©2016 J. Steven Young. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

Author: Steve Young
Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
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I Beat the Odds

2 ratings

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The football star made famous in the hit film The Blind Side reflects on how far he has come from the circumstances of his youth. Michael Oher is the young man at the center of the true story depicted in The Blind Side movie (and book) that swept up awards and accolades. Though the odds were heavily stacked against him, Michael had a burning desire deep within his soul to break out of the Memphis inner-city ghetto and into a world of opportunity. While many people are now familiar with Oher's amazing journey, this is the first time he has shared his account of his story in his own words, revealing his thoughts and feelings with details that only he knows, and offering his point of view on how anyone can achieve a better life. Looking back on how he went from being a homeless child in Memphis to playing in the NFL, Michael talks about the goals he had for himself in order to break out of the cycle of poverty, addiction, and hopelessness that trapped his family for so long. He recounts poignant stories of growing up in the projects and running from child services and foster care over and over again in search of some familiarity. Eventually, he grasped onto football as his ticket out of the madness and worked hard to make his dream into a reality. But Oher also knew he would not be successful alone. With his adoptive family, the Touhys, and other influential people in mind, he describes the absolute necessity of seeking out positive role models and good friends who share the same values to achieve one's dreams. Sharing untold stories of heartache, determination, courage, and love, I Beat the Odds is an incredibly rousing tale of one young man's quest to achieve the American dream.

©2011 Michael Oher (P)2011 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Michael Boatman
Author: Michael Oher
Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
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Matt Jansen: The Autobiography

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What do you do when the world is at your feet...and then suddenly it isn’t? Matt Jansen had it all. He was young, quick, audaciously skillful and, at the turn of the millennium, regarded as one of the most intelligent attacking talents in English football. His potential seemed boundless. After bursting onto the scene with Carlisle United in 1997, Sir Alex Ferguson tried to lure him to Manchester United, but foreseeing only a bench spot at Old Trafford, Jansen instead opted for Steve Coppell’s Crystal Palace. In 1999, he moved to Blackburn Rovers, and after blasting them back to the Premier League in 2001 and scoring in the 2002 League Cup final victory over Spurs, he was widely tipped to be part of England’s 2002 World Cup squad - but coach Sven-Goran Eriksson had a last-minute change of heart and instead selected Martin Keown. While England battled it out in the Far East, Jansen took a holiday to Rome. He and his girlfriend were on a moped when they were hit by a taxi. Matt suffered a brain hemorrhage and slipped into a coma for six days. He survived and, astonishingly, he was back playing for Blackburn just four months later. But while his body may have recovered, his mind had not. In the shadow of the accident, he was unable to recapture the instinctive genius or the bullet-proof self-confidence that had previously defined him. This was a hidden breakdown - nothing that could be picked up by a fitness test or fixed on an operating table. As Jansen’s career as an elite footballer slipped away from him, he started to discover more about what had happened to him and how he could recover not only as an athlete, but as a person. With insights from a range of contributors, including Graeme Souness, Sir Alex Ferguson, Sam Allardyce, Sven-Goran Eriksson, Lucy Jansen, and Professor Steve Peters, this is the astonishing story of a career destined for the stratosphere, cruelly snatched away by the vagaries of fate.

©2019 Matt Jansen and Jon Colman (P)2020 Matt Jansen, Jon Colman and Matthew Hall

Narrator: Matthew Hall
Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
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Believe It

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New York Times best seller Get ready to defy the odds when everyone’s counting you out.  When the Philadelphia Eagles’ starting quarterback went down with a torn ACL in week 14 of the 2017 NFL season, many fans - and commentators - assumed the Eagles’ season was over. Instead, Nick Foles came off the bench and, against all odds, led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl victory in history. How did Nick get it done - winning MVP honors, silencing the critics, and shocking the world? How did the man who was on the verge of retiring just two seasons earlier stay optimistic and rally the team to an astounding win? How did he stay ready despite numerous trades and discouraging injuries, able to step up in the moment and perform at the top of his game? Believe It offers a behind-the-scenes look at Nick’s unlikely path to the Super Bowl, the obstacles that threatened to hold him back, his rediscovery of his love for the game, and the faith that grounded him through it all. Learn from the way Nick handled the trials and tribulations that made him into the man he is today - and discover a path to your own success.

©2018 eChristian (P)2018 eChristian

Narrator: John Wilders
Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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No Excuses

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In this inspirational memoir, Derrick Coleman, Jr., the Seattle Seahawks fullback who won the 2014 Super Bowl with the Seahawks in his second year in the NFL, relates his inspirational story of hard work and determination in his own words. Showcasing his unlikely and challenging journey to become the first deaf athlete to play offense in the NFL, he talks about overcoming internal and external obstacles in the course of reaching your true potential.

©2015 Derrick Coleman, Jr. (P)2015 Tantor

Narrator: Sean Crisden
Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
Available on Audible
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Russell Wilson: The Inspiring Story of One of Football's Greatest Quarterbacks

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Learn the incredible story of Seattle Seahawk Russell Wilson! In Russell Wilson: The Inspiring Story of One of Football's Greatest Quarterbacks, you'll hear about the inspirational story of football's star, Russell Wilson. This short unauthorized biography of Russell Wilson highlights the greatest moments of his career. Russell Wilson may have recently entered the NFL, but his impact on the Seattle Seahawks' franchise was immediate. In just his early 20s, Wilson is already a Super Bowl Champion, a feat very few quarterbacks can ever say they've accomplished. In this book, we'll explore Russell Wilson's journey to the NFL, as well as his impact on the game. Here is a preview of what is inside this book: Childhood and early life High school years College years at North Carolina State Russell's NFL career Russell Wilson as a leader Wilson's personal life Russell's dual professional careers

©2015 Clayton Geoffreys (P)2015 Clayton Geoffreys

Narrator: Sam Gonzalez
Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
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The Eagles of Heart Mountain

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The impeccably researched, deeply moving, never-before-told tale about a World War II incarceration camp in Wyoming and its extraordinary high school football team - for fans of The Boys in the Boat and The Storm on Our Shores. In the summer of 1942, the United States government forced 120,000 Japanese Americans from their homes in California, Oregon, Washington, and Arizona and sent them to internment camps across the West. Nearly 14,000 of them landed on the outskirts of Cody, Wyoming, at the base of Heart Mountain.  Behind barbed wire fences, they faced racism, cruelty, and frozen winters. Trying to recreate comforts from home, many established Buddhist temples and sumo wrestling pits. They grew Chinese cabbage and daikon radishes - yet there was little hope. That is, until the fall of 1943, when the camp’s high school football team, the Eagles, started its first season and finished it undefeated, crushing the competition from nearby, predominantly white high schools. Amid all this excitement, American politics continued to disrupt their lives as the federal government drafted men from the camps for the front lines - including some of the Eagles. The young men faced a choice to either join the Army or resist the draft. Teammates were divided, and some were jailed for their decisions. The Eagles of Heart Mountain honors the resilience of extraordinary heroes and the power of sports in a sweeping and inspirational portrait of one of the darkest moments in American history. 

©2021 Bradford Pearson. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Narrator: Feodor Chin
Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
Available on Audible
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Through My Eyes

Summary

Over the course of the last five years, Tim Tebow has established himself as one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of college football and a top prospect in the NFL. During that time, he amassed an unparalleled resume - winning two BCS national championships; becoming the first sophomore in NCAA history to win the Heisman trophy; and in the face of massive public scrutiny, being drafted in the first round of the NFL draft by the Denver Broncos. Now, in Through My Eyes, Tebow brings listeners everywhere an inspirational memoir about life as he chose to live it, revealing how his faith and family values, combined with his relentless will to succeed, have molded him into the person that he is today. As the son of Christian missionaries, Tebow has a unique story to tell - from the circumstances of his birth, to his home-schooled roots, to his record-setting collegiate football career with the Florida Gators and everything else that took place in between. At every step, Tebow's life has defied convention and expectation. While aspects of his life have been well-documented, the stories have always been filtered through the opinions and words of others. Through My Eyes is his passionate, firsthand, never-before-told account of how it all really happened.

©2011 Timothy R. Tebow (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers

Narrator: Tom Wayland
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
Available on Audible
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The Last Season

Summary

Fathers, sons, and sports are enduring themes of American literature. Here, in this fresh and moving account, a son returns to his native Mississippi to spend a special autumn with his 95-year-old dad, sharing the unique joys, disappointments, and life lessons of Saturdays with their beloved Ole Miss Rebels. In the fall of 2012, after working on a presidential campaign that suffered a devastating loss, Stuart Stevens, having turned 60, realized that he and his 95-year-old father had spent little time together for decades. His solution: a season of attending Ole Miss football games together, as they'd done when college football provided a way for his father to guide him through childhood - and to make sense of the troubled South of the time. Now, driving to and from the games, and cheering from the stands, they take stock of their lives as father and son and as individuals, reminding themselves of their unique, complicated, precious bond. Poignant and full of heart, but also irreverent and often hilarious, The Last Season is a powerful story of parents and children and the importance of taking a backward glance together while you still can.

©2015 Blackstone Inc. (P)2015 Blackstone Audiobooks

Narrator: Dan John Miller
Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
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Tough Luck

Summary

In the long annals of sports and crime, no story compares to the one that engulfed the Luckman family in 1935. As 18-year-old Sid Luckman made headlines across New York City for his high school football exploits at Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, his father, Meyer Luckman, was making headlines in the same papers for a very different reason: the gangland murder of his own brother-in-law. Amazingly, when Sid became a star at Columbia and a Hall of Fame NFL quarterback in Chicago, all of it while Meyer Luckman served 20-years-to-life in Sing Sing Prison, the connection between sports celebrity son and mobster father was studiously ignored by the press and ultimately overlooked for eight decades. Tough Luck traces two simultaneous historical developments through a single immigrant family in Depression-era New York: the rise of the National Football League led by the dynastic Chicago Bears, whose famed owner George Halas convinced Sid Luckman to help him turn the sluggish game of pro football into America's favorite pastime; and the demise - triggered by Meyer Luckman's crime and initial cover-up of the Brooklyn labor rackets and Louis Lepke's infamous organization Murder, Inc.

©2019 Richard Dean Rosen (P)2019 Tantor

Author: R. D. Rosen
Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
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Relentless

7 ratings

Summary

Bill Belichick: "Julian is the epitome of competitiveness, toughness, and the great things that are possible when someone is determined to achieve their goals." Tom Brady: "It's a privilege for me to play with someone as special as Julian." The Super Bowl champion wide receiver for the New England Patriots shares his inspiring story of an underdog kid who was always doubted to becoming one of the most reliable and inspiring players in the NFL. When the Patriots were down 28-3 in Super Bowl LI, there was at least one player who refused to believe they would lose: Julian Edelman. And he said so. It wasn't only because of his belief in his teammates, led by the master of the comeback, his friend and quarterback Tom Brady - or the coaching staff run by the legendary Bill Belichick. It was also because he had been counted out in most of his life and career, and he had proved them all wrong. Whether it was in Pop Warner football, where his Redwood City, California, team won a national championship; in high school, where he went from a four-foot-ten, 95-pound freshman running back to quarterback for an undefeated Woodside High team; or college, where he rewrote records at Kent State as a dual-threat quarterback, Edelman far exceeded everyone's expectations. Everyone's expectations, that is, except his own and those of his father, who took extreme and unorthodox measures to drive Edelman to quiet the doubters with ferocious competitiveness. When he was drafted by the Patriots in the seventh round, the five-foot-ten college quarterback was asked to field punts and play wide receiver, though he'd never done either. But gradually, under the tutelage of a demanding coaching staff and countless hours of off-season training with Tom Brady, he became one of the NFL's most dynamic punt returners and top receivers who can deliver in the biggest games. Relentless is the story of Edelman's rise, and the continuing dominance of the Patriot dynasty, filled with memories of growing up with a father who was as demanding as any NFL coach, his near-constant fight to keep his intensity and competitiveness in check in high school and college, and his celebrated nine seasons with the Patriots. Julian shares insights into his relationships and rivalries and his friendships with teammates such as Tom Brady, Wes Welker, Matt Slater, and Randy Moss. Finally, he reveals the story behind "the catch" and life on the inside of a team for the ages. Inspiring, honest, and unapologetic, Relentless proves that the heart of a champion can never be measured. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Julian Edelman (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Gregory Abbey
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
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Mind and Matter

3 ratings

Summary

A New York Times best seller John Urschel, mathematician and former offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens, tells the story of a life balanced between two passions By the time he was 13, Urschel was auditing a college-level calculus course. But when he joined his high school football team, a new interest began to eclipse the thrill he felt in the classroom. Football challenged Urschel in an entirely different way, and he became addicted to the physical contact of the sport. After he accepted a scholarship to play at Penn State, his love of math was rekindled. As a Nittany Lion, he refused to sacrifice one passion for the other. Against the odds, Urschel found a way to manage his double life as a scholar and an athlete. While he was an offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens, he simultaneously pursued his PhD in mathematics at MIT.  Weaving together two separate narratives, Urschel relives for us the most pivotal moments of his bifurcated life. He explains why, after Penn State was sanctioned for the acts of former coach Jerry Sandusky, he declined offers from prestigious universities and refused to abandon his team. He describes his parents’ different influences and their profound effect on him, and he opens up about the correlation between football and CTE and the risks he took for the game he loves.  Equally at home discussing Georg Cantor’s work on infinities and Bill Belichick’s playbook, Urschel reveals how each challenge - whether on the field or in the classroom - has brought him closer to understanding the two different halves of his own life and how reason and emotion, the mind and the body, are always working together.  “So often, people want to divide the world into two”, he observes. “Matter and energy. Wave and particle. Athlete and mathematician. Why can’t something (or someone) be both?”

©2019 John Urschel (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Sullivan Jones
Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
Available on Audible
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Football for a Buck

17 ratings

Summary

The United States Football League was the last football league to not merely challenge the mighty NFL but also to cause it to collectively shudder. It spanned three seasons, featured as many as 18 teams, secured multiple television deals, drew millions of fans, and launched the careers of legends - but then it died beneath the weight of a particularly egotistical and bombastic owner, a New York businessman named Donald Trump. In Football for a Buck, Jeff Pearlman draws on more than 400 interviews to unearth all the salty, untold stories of one of the craziest sports entities to have ever captivated America. From 1980s drug excess to some of the most enthralling and revolutionary football ever seen, Pearlman transports listeners back in time to this crazy, boozy, audacious era of the game. He shows how fortunes were made and lost and how, 30 years ago, Trump was a scoundrel and a spoiler. This is sports as high entertainment - and a cautionary tale of the dangers of ego and excess.

©2018 Jeff Pearlman (P)2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Narrator: Joel Richards
Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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When Pride Still Mattered

Summary

When Pride Still Mattered is the quintessential story of the American family: how Vince Lombardi, the son of an immigrant Italian butcher, rose to the top, and how his character and will to prevail transformed him, his wife, his children, his players, his sport, and ultimately the entire country. It is also a vibrant football story, abundant with accounts of Lombardi's thrilling life in that world, from his playing days with the Seven Blocks of Granite at Fordham in the 1930s to the glory of coaching the Green Bay Packers in the 1960s. It is also a study of national myths, tracing what Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer David Maraniss calls the fallacy of the innocent past, and an absorbing account of the mythmakers from Grantland Rice to Howard Cosell who shaped Lombardi's image. By the time he died of cancer in 1970, after one season in Washington during which he transformed the Redskins into winners, Lombardi had become a mythic character who transcended sport, and his legend has only grown in the decades since. In When Pride Still Mattered, Maraniss renders Lombardi as flawed and driven yet ultimately misunderstood, a heroic figure who was more complex and authentic than the stereotypical images of him propounded by admirers and critics. Using the same meticulous reporting and sweeping narrative style that he employed in First in His Class, his classic biography of Bill Clinton, Maraniss separates myth from reality and wondrously recaptures Vince Lombardi's life and times.

©1999 by David Maraniss, All Rights Reserved (P)1999 Simon & Schuster, Inc., All Rights Reserved, AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

Narrator: David Maraniss
Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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Go Long! My Journey Beyond the Game and the Fame

1 rating

Summary

Football legend Jerry Rice was selected for the Pro Bowl 13 times and won three Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers in his 20 NFL seasons. Rice grew up in Crawford, Mississippi, the son of a brick mason. He developed his hands by catching the bricks that his brothers threw at him. From these humble beginnings, Rice blazed a path to greatness, becoming the leading wide receiver in the NFL. In spite of Rice's legendary gridiron skills - or even his ability to transform himself into an instant ballroom-dance prodigy on ABC's hit TV series Dancing with the Stars - the surprising fact is that a guy like Jerry Rice is made, not born. In Go Long! Rice shares the inspirational lessons and empowering practices that have helped him attain success, both on and off the football field. Through the ups and downs of Rice's life and incomparable career, we discover how self-motivation, determination, and humility are the keys to achievement and true fulfillment.

©2006 Jerry Rice (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

Narrator: Mirron Willis
Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
Available on Audible
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The Truth About Aaron

13 ratings

Summary

The unvarnished true story of the tragic life and death of Aaron Hernandez, the college All-American and New England Patriots star convicted of murder, told by one of the few people who knew him best, his brother. To football fans, Aaron Hernandez was a superstar in the making. A standout at the University of Florida, he helped the Gators win the national title in 2008. Drafted by the New England Patriots, in his second full season with the team he and fellow Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski set records for touchdowns and yardage, and with Tom Brady, led New England to Super Bowl XLVI in 2012. But Aaron’s NFL career ended as quickly as it began. On June 26, 2013, he was arrested at his North Attleboro home, charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd, and released by the Patriots. Convicted of first-degree murder, Aaron was sentenced to life in prison without parole. On May 15, 2014, while on trial for Lloyd's murder, Aaron was indicted for two more murders. Five days after being acquitted for those double murders, he committed suicide in his jail cell. Aaron Hernandez was 27 years old.  In this clear-eyed, emotionally devastating biography - a family memoir combining football and true crime - Jonathan (formerly known by his nickname DJ) Hernandez speaks out fully for the first time about the brother he knew. Jonathan draws on his own recollections as well as thousands of pages of prison letters and other sources to give us a full portrait of a star athlete and troubled young man who would become a murderer, and the darkness that consumed him. Jonathan does not portray Aaron as a victim; he does not lay the blame for his crimes on his illness. He speaks openly about Aaron’s talent, his sexuality, his crimes and incarceration, and the CTE that ravaged him - scientists found that upon his death, Aaron had the brain of a 67-year old suffering from the same condition. Filled with headline-making revelations, The Truth About Aaron is a shocking and moving account of promise, tragedy, and loss - of one man’s descent into rage and violence, as told by the person who knew him more closely than anyone else.

©2018 Jonathan Hernandez (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Josh Bloomberg
Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
Available on Audible
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Relentless

1 rating

Summary

New York Times best seller "Julian is the epitome of competitiveness, toughness, and the great things that are possible when someone is determined to achieve their goals." (Bill Belichick) "It's a privilege for me to play with someone as special as Julian." (Tom Brady) The Super Bowl champion wide receiver for the New England Patriots shares his inspiring story of an underdog kid who was always doubted to becoming one of the most reliable and inspiring players in the NFL. When the Patriots were down 28-3 in Super Bowl LI, there was at least one player who refused to believe they would lose: Julian Edelman. And he said so. It wasn't only because of his belief in his teammates, led by the master of the comeback, his friend and quarterback, Tom Brady - or the coaching staff run by the legendary Bill Belichick. It was also because he had been counted out in most of his life and career, and he had proved them all wrong. Whether it was in Pop Warner football, where his Redwood City, California, team won a national championship; in high school, where he went from a 4'10", 95-pound freshman running back to quarterback for an undefeated Woodside High team; or college, where he rewrote records at Kent State as a dual-threat quarterback, Edelman far exceeded everyone's expectations. Everyone's expectations, that is, except his own and those of his father, who took extreme and unorthodox measures to drive Edelman to quiet the doubters with ferocious competitiveness. When he was drafted by the Patriots in the seventh round, the 5'10" college quarterback was asked to field punts and play wide receiver, though he'd never done either. But gradually, under the tutelage of a demanding coaching staff and countless hours of off-season training with Tom Brady, he became one of the NFL's most dynamic punt returners and top receivers who can deliver in the biggest games. Relentless is the story of Edelman's rise, and the continuing dominance of the Patriot dynasty, filled with memories of growing up with a father who was as demanding as any NFL coach, his near-constant fight to keep his intensity and competitiveness in check in high school and college, and his celebrated nine seasons with the Patriots. Julian shares insights into his relationships and rivalries, and his friendships with teammates such as Tom Brady, Wes Welker, Matt Slater, and Randy Moss. Finally, he reveals the story behind "the catch" and life on the inside of a team for the ages. Inspiring, honest, and unapologetic, Relentless proves that the heart of a champion can never be measured.

©2019 Julian Edelman (P)2019 Hachette Books

Narrator: Gregory Abbey
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
Available on Audible
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God and Football: Why Men Love the Sport

Summary

Men love the game of football because it mimics the eternal war perpetually existing between good and evil. This recondite battle is analogous to football because like human beings themselves, football is half a physical game and half a spiritual undertaking. Football is fierce in nature because tests the hearts of men via healthy competition while simultaneously offering a healthy means of catharsis for deep-seated masculine fervor and release of emotion put there by God. Football makes men better by reminding us of our mortality, because severe injuries and even deaths have resulted from partaking in the game. Being cognizant of this transience of life in turn instills a deep sense of awe and humility because the gifts brevity dawns on us. While playing football might not be able to source the evangelistic sprout of becoming a Christian, it can implant and nurture the seed of faith given to mankind in the anagogical nature of the Bible. The game of football has many parallels to the word of God, everyday life challenges that mature adult face, and aids in spiritual development while being an effective tool of discipleship. Has the spiritual effect of football on Americas youth ever been researched in the short and long-term? It is my hope that this book carries both theoretical and practical implications for athletes, coaches, and even more so to those entrusted with carrying out the calling of Jesus great commission commandment.

©2019 Waldorf Publishing (P)2019 Waldorf Publishing

Narrator: Walter Byrne
Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
Available on Audible
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The Dynasty

28 ratings

Summary

New York Times Best Seller From the number-one New York Times best-selling coauthor of Tiger Woods comes the definitive inside story of the New England Patriots - the greatest sports dynasty of the 21st century. It’s easy to forget that the New England Patriots were once the laughingstock of the NFL, a nearly bankrupt team that had never won a championship and was on the brink of moving to St. Louis. Everything changed in 1994, when Robert Kraft acquired the franchise and soon brought on board Head Coach Bill Belichick and Quarterback Tom Brady. Since then, the Patriots have become a juggernaut, making 10 trips to the Super Bowl, winning six of them, and emerging as one of the most valuable sports franchises in the world. Today, the team’s 20-year reign atop the NFL stands as the longest in league history.  How was the Patriots dynasty built? And how did it last for two decades? In The Dynasty, acclaimed journalist Jeff Benedict provides richly reported answers in a sweeping account based on exclusive interviews with more than 200 insiders - including team executives, coaches, players, players’ wives, team doctors, lawyers, and more - as well as never-before-seen recordings, documents, and electronic communications. Through his exhaustive research, Benedict uncovers surprising new details about the inner workings of a team notorious for its secrecy. He puts listeners in the room as Robert Kraft outmaneuvers a legion of lawyers and investors to buy the team. We listen in on the phone call when the greatest trade ever made - Bill Belichick for a first-round draft choice - is negotiated. And we look over the shoulder of 40-year-old Tom Brady as a surgeon operates on his throwing hand on the eve of the AFC Championship Game in 2018. But the portrait that emerges in The Dynasty is more rewarding than new details alone. By tracing the team’s epic run through the perspectives of Kraft, Belichick, and Brady - each of whom was interviewed for the book - the author provides a wealth of new insight into the complex human beings most responsible for the Patriots’ success. We watch the NFL’s savviest owner treat Brady like a son, empower Belichick to cut and trade beloved players, and spend sleepless nights figuring out diplomatic ways to keep Brady and Belichick together for two decades. We come to understand how a genius head coach keeps his players at an emotional distance and blocks out anything that gets in the way of winning. And we experience the relentless drive, ferocious competitive nature, and emotional sensitivity that allows Brady to continue playing football into his 40s. The result is an intimate portrait that captures the human drama of the dynasty’s three key characters while also revealing the secrets behind their success. This is perhaps the most compelling and illuminating book that will ever be written about the greatest professional sports team of our time.

©2020 Rockspring Media, LLC. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Narrator: Todd Menesses
Length: 25 hrs
Available on Audible
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Brain Damage in Contact Sports

Summary

Dr. Omalu provides answers to parents who fear contact sports might cause injuries that have long-term effects. Should your child play football, ice hockey, mixed martial arts, boxing, wrestling, rugby, gymnastics, soccer, lacrosse, BMX bike riding, trampoline jumping, and gymnastics or other sports? This audiobook will help you answer this question, but only you, the parent, can answer this question. However, after you have finished this audiobook, it will be a very easy question for you to answer.  The simplicity of the truth can even be more fantastic and more beautiful than football or any other sport.  Dr. Omalu has received phone calls, emails, texts, and social media messages from thousands of parents reaching out to him from across the world for help - asking the same questions: “Should my son continue to play rugby after his last concussion six months ago?”  “I do not want my daughter to play soccer but she loves it so much. What should I do?” “Are concussions permanent brain damage?”  “Is it true helmets can cause brain damage?”  “My son never suffered any brain injury while he played, but did ice hockey cause his depression, diminishing intelligence, and drug abuse?”  “Was my son’s suicide caused by football?”  “If my child shouldn’t play football or ice hockey, can I let him play lacrosse or soccer?”

©2018 Bennet I. Omalu (P)2018 Bennet I. Omalu

Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
Available on Audible
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NFL Confidential

1 rating

Summary

A current pro player takes fans on a pseudonymous trip through one of the most infamous years of football - the very long, sometimes funny, often controversial 2013-2014 season - sharing raucous, behind-the-scenes, on-the-field, and in-the-locker-room truth about life in the National Football League. "Well, to hell with being safe. I'm going to be honest." Johnny Anonymous' life goal was to be nothing greater or less than the Best NFL Back-Up of All Time™. For two years, he was content earning hundreds of thousands of dollars to stand on the sidelines doing absolutely nothing. But early in his third year, a starting lineman is injured, and he suddenly finds himself on the field. For most players, this moment is a dream come true. But not so for our author, one of the incredibly rare birds in football who reach the highest echelons, but who actually hate America's favorite game. That's right. Johnny Anonymous hates football. He hates what it does to his body, his brain, his life. Luckily, he can see the humor in his own situation, but also in the machinations of the NFL. Part truth-telling narrative, part whip-smart commentary that only a true insider could bring, part hilarious, NFL Confidential gives football fans a look at a world most would give anything to see, and gives non-fans a wild ride through the strange, and sometimes disturbing customs and realities of football today. Here is a truly unaffiliated look at the nation's biggest, most lucrative pastime over the course of one of its most transformative seasons. From hard-to-stomach diets, showdowns in the weight room, shenanigans in the locker room, the looming dread of being cut from the team, the racial issues that still exist in modern-day football, the rock-star lifestyle that players find themselves able to afford and sometimes enjoy a little too much, the notion of being lauded in a league plagued by controversy, and the sharp contrast between the love/hate of the game and the reality of the job, Johnny reveals a never-before-seen side of the NFL.

©2016 Johnny Anonymous (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Jeffrey Kafer
Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
Available on Audible
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Tiki Barber of the New York Giants on Playing to Win at the 92nd Street Y

Summary

New York Giants star Tiki Barber, who grew up playing football alongside his brother, Ronde, has become one of the most versatile and productive players in the NFL. Hear Tiki interviewed by NY 1 sports anchor Budd Mishkin at New York's 92nd Street Y. This event took place on January 10, 2006.

©2006 92 nd Street Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association (P)2006 92 nd Street Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association

Narrator: Budd Mishkin
Author: Tiki Barber
Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
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My Own Story

Summary

The extraordinary memoir from baseball icon Jackie Robinson - originally published in 1948, just a year after he shattered baseball’s color barrier, and now released as an audiobook for the very first time.  “I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me...all I ask is that you respect me as a human being.”  So says number 42, who comes alive to share his story, up to and through that historic first season, as told to famed sportswriter Wendell Smith, with a foreword by Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey.  Travel back in time, as the Dodgers legend guides you through his athletic upbringing, his short stint with the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues, and his breakthrough to the big leagues, at the age of 28.

©1948 Jackie Robinson (P)2020 Spoken Realms

Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
Available on Audible
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Out of Their League

Summary

Dave Meggyesy had been an outside linebacker with the St. Louis Cardinals for seven years when he quit at the height of his career to tell about the dehumanizing side of the game - about the fraud and the payoffs, the racism, drug abuse, and incredible violence. The original publication of Out of Their League shocked readers and provoked the outraged response that rocked the sports world in the 1970s. But his memoir is also a moving description of a man who struggled for social justice and personal liberation. Meggyesy has continued this journey and remains an active champion for players’ rights through his work with the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA).

©1970 David M. Meggyesy (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
Available on Audible
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Scout Speak

Summary

While the NFL has millions of fans all over the world, the most serious fans entertain dreams of becoming professional scouts. This book is for those people who are fascinated by player evaluation. Scout Speak tells the stories of scouts, talks about how they do their jobs, and shares insights, observations, and anecdotes from more than 30 current and former NFL evaluators.

©2020 Neil Stratton (P)2020 Neil Stratton

Narrator: Neil Stratton
Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
Available on Audible
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Collision Low Crossers

1 rating

Summary

The definitive portrait of day-to-day life in the NFL, as told by the writer who was there. We watch football every Sunday, but we don't really see it. By spending a year with the New York Jets, Nicholas Dawidoff explored the game in such an intimate way that he can now put you right inside the NFL. Collision Low Crossers is a story that is part Paper Lion and part Moneyball, part Friday Night Lights and part The Office. In this absorbing, funny, and vividly written narrative, he describes the Combine, the draft, the practices, the strategy meetings, all while thinking deeply about such fundamental truths and the nature of success and disappointment in a massive and stressful collective endeavor. Most of what happens in today's NFL takes place at team facilities, walled off from fans and, until now, from writers. The New York Jets issued Dawidoff a security code, a locker, and a desk in the scouting department: for an entire year he lived with the team, from early-morning quarterback meetings to edgy late-night conversations. Dawidoff makes an emblematic NFL season come alive for fans and nonfans alike. Most of what happens in today's NFL takes place at team facilities, walled off from fans and, until now, from writers. The New York Jets issued Dawidoff a security code, a locker, and a desk in the scouting department: for an entire year he lived with the team, from early-morning quarterback meetings to edgy late-night conversations. Dawidoff makes an emblematic NFL season come alive for fans and nonfans alike. Dawidoff has written the book of depth and feeling that football has long deserved, one that will forever change the way people watch and think about the sport. "Collision low crossers" is a phrase defensive coaches use for the act of making legal contact with any potential pass receiver within five yards of the line of scrimmage. Beyond five yards, "collisioning" someone becomes a penalty. The term also evokes the most fundamental elements of the game - speed, aggression, the interplay between space and time, and meticulously planned events that likely will not come to fruition.

©2013 Nicholas Dawidoff (P)2013 Hachette Audio

Narrator: David DeVries
Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
Available on Audible
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Russell Wilson: An Unauthorized Biography

Summary

The NFL is a quarterbacks’ league more than ever. Teams that win consistently year after year typically have one thing in common - an elite quarterback. The best quarterbacks of this generation have all won Super Bowls over the past decade, including Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Aaron Rodgers. It is time to add a new name to the list - Russell Wilson. Wilson led the Seattle Seahawks to a dominating 43-8 victory in Super Bowl XLVIII in February of 2014. Wilson completed 72 percent of his throws for 206 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Although some view Wilson as simply a game manager, make no mistake - Wilson is a star. Most fans are aware of Wilson’s Super Bowl victory, but in order to truly understand Russell Wilson, you must first understand where he came from. Inside, you will discover where it all started and learn how Wilson got to where he is today. From football to family to the future, all you need to know about Russell Wilson is right here, right now, in the most up to date coverage of his life. This audiobook also includes all of Russell Wilson’s collegiate and NFL statistics.

©2014 Belmont & Belcourt Books (P)2014 Belmont & Belcourt Books

Narrator: Linda LongCrane
Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
Available on Audible
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Football for Dummies, 6th Edition

Summary

New stadiums have been built, new stars have been born, and records have been broken since the last edition of Football for Dummies. This new edition is the fan's ultimate, up-to-date guide to all things pigskin. Perfect for new and veteran fans of the sport alike, it covers everything you need to be the most knowledgeable spectator in the stadium. With deep explanations of every position, analysis of offense and defense, and detailed strategies for play, football legend Howie Long and established analyst John Czarnecki present the nuts and bolts of football for fans of all ages and experiences. Tackle football basics and enjoy America's favorite sport Grasp the rules and regulations, positions, plays, and penalties Appreciate the different aspects of the game at the professional and college levels Learn about the latest NFL stadium technologies Football For Dummies has something to offer fans of all ages, from peewees to the pros and everything between.

©2019 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Barry Abrams
Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
Available on Audible
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From Underdog to Bulldog

Summary

Candler Cook knows firsthand that dreams can come true - but only if you’re willing to fight for them. A lifelong Bulldogs fan, Candler decided at age seven that he wanted to play football for the University of Georgia. Despite being only a fourth-string linebacker on his high school squad, he remained laser-focused on his quest. Rejection followed rejection, but he refused to give up, even when others insisted that he’d never make the team. And after years of intensive workouts and grueling self-reinvention, Candler Cook finally played his first football game for UGA - 1,543 days after he walked into the coach’s office and requested a tryout. A fascinating inside look at SEC football and a guidebook for anyone pursuing a seemingly unattainable goal, From Underdog to Bulldog is the remarkable true story of one young man's extraordinary efforts to make the impossible happen.

©2019 Candler Cook (P)2020 Candler Cook

Narrator: Vito Gorinas
Author: Candler Cook
Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
Available on Audible
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Al Davis: Behind the Raiders Shield

3 ratings

Summary

Al Davis was such a polarizing figure that people either admired or despised him. Most cared about what Davis thought on any issue, and he was captivating before an audience. Yet Davis rarely revealed much about himself, his philosophy and decision-making. Everyone knew of Davis and his catchy slogans, especially "Just Win, Baby". But no one knew much about the man. Everyone, it seemed, had a strong opinion about Davis, but precious few had enough information about Davis to proffer an informed description. For the first time, people will receive an accurate, detailed portrayal of a man in the pantheon of notable sports figures of the 20th century, in a book chock-full of firsthand accounts from those who were present and played a role in many of the seminal moments in Davis illustrious career as the patriarch of the Raiders. Seldom is so much revealed about someone who went to such great lengths to perpetuate an aura of mystery, and control the nature and volume of information disseminated. Bruce Kebric and Jon Kingdon have teamed with Steve Corkran to take listeners to a place long thought to be forbidden: Behind the Raiders Shield, for an unvarnished look at what it was like working for Al Davis.

©2017 Rather Be Feared Publishing Bruce Kebric, Jon Kingdon and Steve Corkran (P)2017 Rather Be Feared Publishing Bruce Kebric, Jon Kingdon and Steve Corkran

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Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
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Chuck Noll

1 rating

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Chuck Noll won four Super Bowls and presided over one of the greatest football dynasties in history, the Pittsburgh Steelers of the 70s. Later inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, his achievements as a competitor and a coach are the stuff of legend. But Noll always remained an intensely private and introspective man, never revealing much of himself as a person or as a coach, not even to the players and fans who revered him. Chuck Noll did not need a dramatic public profile to be the catalyst for one of the greatest transformations in sports history. In the nearly four decades before he was hired, the Pittsburgh Steelers were the least successful team in professional football, never winning so much as a division title. After Noll's arrival, his quiet but steely leadership quickly remolded the team into the most accomplished in the history of professional football. And what he built endured well beyond his time with the Steelers - who have remained one of America's great NFL teams, accumulating a total of six Super Bowls, eight AFC championships, and dozens of division titles and playoff berths.

©2016 University of Pittsburgh Press (P)2017 Tantor

Narrator: Sean Runnette
Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
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Counting the Days While My Mind Slips Away

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After five major concussions, NFL tight end Ben Utecht of the Indianapolis Colts is losing his memories. This is his powerful and emotional love letter to his wife and daughters - whom he someday may not recognize - and an inspiring message for all to live every moment fully. At the age of 34, Ben Utecht has accumulated a vast treasure of memories: tossing a football in the yard with his father; meeting his wife, with whom he'd build a loving partnership and bring four beautiful daughters into the world; writing and performing music; catching touchdown passes from quarterback Peyton Manning; and playing a Super Bowl championship watched by 93 million people. But the game he has built his living on, the game he fell in love with as a child, is taking its toll in the most devastating way. After at least five concussions - and an untold number of microconcussions - Ben is suffering from multiple traumatic brain injuries that have erased his important memories. Knowing that his wife and daughters could someday be beyond his reach and desperate for them to understand how much he loves them, he penned a secret letter for them to read one day after his essential self is gone. Counting the Days While My Mind Slips Away chronicles his remarkable journey from his early days throwing a football back and forth with his father in Minnesota to speaking about traumatic brain injury before Congress and how his faith keeps him strong and grounded as he waits for a difficult future. Ben recounts the experiences that have shaped his life and imparts the lessons he's learned along the way. Emotionally powerful, inspiring, and uplifting, Ben's story will captivate and encourage you to make the most of every day and treasure all of your memories.

©2016 Ben Utecht (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: Ben Utecht
Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
Available on Audible
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We Own This Game

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Although its participants are still in grade school, Pop Warner football is serious business in Miami, where local teams routinely advance to the national championships. Games draw thousands of fans; recruiters vie for nascent talent; drug dealers and rap stars bankroll teams; and the stakes are so high that games sometimes end in gunshots. In America's poorest neighborhood, troubled parents dream of NFL stardom for children who long only for a week in Disney World at the Pop Warner Super Bowl. In 2001, journalist Robert Andrew Powell spent a year following two teams through roller-coaster seasons. The Liberty City Warriors, former national champs, will suffer the team's first-ever losing season. The Palmetto Raiders, undefeated for two straight years, will be rewarded for good play with limo rides and steak dinners. But their flamboyant coach (the "Darth Vader of youth football") will face defeat in a down-to-the-wire playoff game. We Own This Game is an inside-the-huddle look into a world of innocence and corruption, where every kickoff bares political, social, and racial implications; an unforgettable drama that shows us just what it is to win and to lose in America.

©2003 Robert Andrew Powell. Portions of this book originally appeared in Miami New Times. Recorded by arrangement with Grove Atlantic, Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
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The Mentor Leader

1 rating

Summary

"Your only job is to help your players be better." That single idea had a huge impact on Tony Dungy when he heard it from one of his earliest mentors, and it led him to develop the successful leadership style so admired by players and coaches throughout the NFL. Now, a storied career and a Super Bowl victory later, Tony Dungy is sharing his unique leadership philosophy with you. In The Mentor Leader, Tony reveals what propelled him to the top of his profession and shows how you can apply the same approach to virtually any area of your life. In the process you'll learn the seven keys of mentoring leadership - and why they're so effective; why mentor leadership brings out the best in people; how a mentor leader recovers from mistakes and handles team discipline; and the secret to getting people to follow you and do their best for you without intimidation tactics. As a son, a football player, and a winning coach, Tony has always learned from others on his path to success. Now you can learn to succeed for your team, family, or organization while living out your values - by becoming a mentor leader.

©2010 Tony Dungy (P)2010 Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Narrator: Tony Dungy
Author: Tony Dungy
Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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Pass It On

Summary

Breakout NFL star Deshaun Watson, quarterback for the Houston Texans, shows listeners the lessons that have driven him to become a leader and to put others first.  Houston Texans Quarterback Deshaun Watson is one of the most promising young players in the NFL, but he believes that true success lies in leading his team from a perspective of service. In this inspiring, practical book, Deshaun illustrates how the seven qualities of a servant leader can lead to a more successful life. Deshaun Watson was only 11 when his family qualified for a Habitat for Humanity house, which was furnished by from Atlanta Falcons Running Back Warrick Dunn through Dunn’s charity, Homes for the Holidays. But that early gift left a lasting impression, teaching Deshaun that generosity and service to others are important parts of true success. Now a star in his own right, and one of the most promising young players in the NFL, Deshaun reveals the lessons that have guided him throughout his life. From Deshaun’s early days in Gainesville, Georgia, where he supported his mother through cancer, to his years at Clemson University - where he graduated in three years while being nominated for the Heisman twice - to his first few seasons in the NFL, Deshaun has distinguished himself as a leader by putting others first. In Pass It On, Deshaun opens up about the seven core values that have guided him on his own journey. Generosity Empathy Self-sacrifice Service Commitment Strength Values in action Interweaving stories from his life with practical advice that every listener can apply, Deshaun demonstrates how true strength lies in putting others first. Reflection questions are available in the audiobook companion PDF download.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 Deshaun Waton (P)2020 Thomas Nelson

Narrator: James Shippy
Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
Available on Audible
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Elway

1 rating

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The unauthorized biography of John Elway, Hall of Fame quarterback, two-time Super Bowl champion, now president of football operations and general manager of the Denver Broncos. John Elway's historic moments are known by two-word phrases. He was at the center of the wildest play in college football history, simply known as "The Play". Before he signed a pro contract, there was "The Trade". His NFL career included "The Drive" and "The Fumble", and, of course, "The Helicopter", one of the most iconic highlights in Super Bowl lore. There are so many memorable comeback victories and heroic plays that people have to make lists rather than consider Elway in the context of any singular event. Yet Elway's story is filled with one challenge after another. At Stanford, he never played in a bowl game. He was ripped for being petulant after refusing to sign with the Baltimore Colts when he was drafted number one overall and later for his failure to get along with Coach Dan Reeves. Over the first 10 years of his career, Elway led Denver to three Super Bowls, but lost in progressively worse fashion each time. Finally, after 15 years of perseverance, Elway led the Broncos to back-to-back championships, including one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history. Elway won the MVP award in his final Super Bowl and then walked away from the game. Within four years, Elway's father and twin sister both died, and he went through a difficult divorce. Reeling in his post-retirement, he returned to football...at the bottom, running the Colorado Crush of the Arena Football League. He waited more than a decade to return to his beloved Broncos. While many people doubted him initially, Elway navigated the Broncos through massive changes and to victory in Super Bowl 50, making Elway the rare Hall of Famer to win a title both on and off the field. Elway has put his passion for competition on display in a way that only a handful of other NFL greats have ever done, and Elway is the most complete look at one of the most accomplished legends in the history of American sports.

©2020 Jason Cole (P)2020 Hachette Books

Narrator: Pete Larkin
Author: Jason Cole
Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
Available on Audible
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The Soul of a Team

2 ratings

Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Mentor Leader and Quiet Strength comes an audiobook sure to transform your team or organization!   For most people, succeeding in life requires mastering the art of teamwork. Whether at work, school, church, or home, virtually everyone is part of a team - and when they work well, teams can accomplish more than individuals working by themselves.   But not all teams are created equal. When a team isn’t functioning well, individual strengths can be undermined and weaknesses accentuated, making the work environment a terrible place to be. So what does a truly effective team environment look like, and how can you create one within your own organization?   As a former Super Bowl-winning coach, Tony Dungy is an expert at building and bringing out the best in a team. Drawing on his experiences from years of coaching and working with other leaders, this football fable lays out four essential principles practiced by truly effective teams. Telling the story of a fictional NFL team looking for a turnaround, The Soul of a Team not only identifies some of the most common issues that hold a team back, but also lays out a game plan for winning teamwork.  Whether you aspire to be a better leader or a stronger team player, The Soul of a Team will show you how to contribute to a stronger, healthier, more productive team destined for success.

©2019 Tony Dungy (P)2019 Recorded Books

Narrator: Tony Dungy
Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
Available on Audible
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Still in the Game

Summary

Be proud of your scars. They’re signs that you survived whatever tried to break you. For Devon Still, life has been a journey from one scar to the next. From one challenge to the next. His is a story of pushing through pain and overcoming obstacles of all shapes and sizes - of choosing to fight for the sake of his family, his community, and his faith. Millions of people around the world have been inspired by Devon’s tireless devotion in helping his daughter, Leah, learn how to “beat up cancer.” But in this audiobook, Devon takes listeners behind the headlines to reveal the deeper story of what prepared him for that fight. Still in the Game is Devon’s declaration that our challenges reveal our purpose, that our scars make us stronger, and that no loss is too great to stop our comeback! Follow Devon and Leah’s story with the photos included in the audiobook companion PDF download. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Devon Still (P)2019 Thomas Nelson

Narrator: Devon Still
Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
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Hit Hard

Summary

Life hit Pat and Tammy McLeod hard when their son Zach collapsed on a high school football field; he had sustained a severe brain injury. Facing the devastating possibility that things would never be the same for their beloved son, they committed to staying strong as a family and finding a way to maintain their footing. But the journey would reshape their faith, their family, and their future in ways they never saw coming. What would it take for them to navigate the endless fallout of their son’s life-transforming injury? How could they reconcile their grief over the life Zach lost, with gratitude for the life that remained? And how does a couple move forward together in their search for hope, rather than letting indefinable loss drive them apart?  Hit Hard is the true story of the McLeods’ journey through ambiguous loss - both having and not having their son. It’s the story of a family who faced unexpected heartbreak, a story that offers us all glimpses of how we can pick up the pieces, redefine expectations, and trust God for hope in the midst of unresolved pain.

©2019 Patrick McLeod and Tammy McLeod (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
Available on Audible
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Tim Tebow: An Unauthorized Biography

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Tim Tebow is one of the most talked about athletes of all time. Everybody seems to have an opinion about him, especially on his religious beliefs. But, in order to truly understand Tim Tebow, you must first understand where he came from. Tim Tebow: An Unauthorized Biography explores Tebow's upbringing, his high school and college football careers, and details his breakthrough into the NFL, all the way through his playoff loss to the New England Patriots. ''Tebow-mania'' has fans and critics alike questioning his motives and looking for where God and his career will take him next. Inside, you will discover where it all started and learn why so many fans are ''Tebowing'' alongside their new national hero. From family to football to the future, all you need to know about Tim Tebow is right here, right now, in the most up to date coverage of Tim Tebow's life. This audiobook also includes all of Tim Tebow's college and professional football statistics.

©2014 Belmont & Belcourt Books (P)2014 Belmont & Belcourt Books

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Beyond the Tailgate

Summary

Jim and Cheryl Flint '94 tailgate in Texas where everything is bigger. As passionate football fans, they love planning and participating in tailgating. With more than a decades worth of active tailgating experience in College Station the couple shares their stories and experiences in Beyond the Tailgate.  The couple recently established the Jim and Cheryl Flint '94 Endowed Scholarship at Texas A&M University's College of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Medicine. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this audiobook will fund additional scholarships at Texas A&M University.

©2020 FJCF Enterprises, Inc (P)2020 FJCF Enterprises, Inc.

Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
Available on Audible
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Football 101

1 rating

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This is an entertaining, informative beginner's guide to understanding football. Also, I guarantee* that this is the most enjoyable introductory audiobook ever about football, and that after listening to this audiobook you will know and love the game. *Any guarantees mentioned in this audiobook are imaginary and not enforceable by law.

©2011 Gilbert Klein (P)2014 Gilbert Klein

Narrator: Jack Hicks
Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
Available on Audible
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Fantasy Football Strategy Secrets

Summary

Take your fantasy football abilities to the next level! Discover the strategy secrets that have never been available to the public until now! More people are playing fantasy football every year. This has created a small demographic of professional fantasy football players. People who have made enough money playing fantasy football that they are able to retire early. The strategies they have learned over the years can turn anyone into a Super Bowl winner. With this book you will learn strategies for: Draft player selection Regular season weekly match-ups Using available information to crush your opponent Playoff success Super Bowl winning team selection

©2013 Patrick Bunker (P)2016 Patrick Bunker

Narrator: Trevor Clinger
Length: 34 mins
Available on Audible
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Messi vs Ronaldo

Summary

En 2009 el Real Madrid pagó cerca de 80 millones de euros para hacerse con Cristiano Ronaldo con la intención de frenar a un F.C. Barcelona que parecía imbatible. Desde ese día nació un duelo histórico entre Messi y Cristiano Ronaldo, dos de las más importantes figuras de la historia del fútbol. Nunca antes dos estrellas de esta categoría habían convivido en un mismo momento histórico y en un mismo campeonato.La liga española lleva seis años disfrutando de un pulso entre dos jugadores que no dejan de superarse a sí mismos y cuya ambición no parece tener fin. Luca Caioli nació en Milán en 1958 pero vive en Madrid desde el año 2001. Como periodista especializado en deportes, a lo largo de los últimos años ha seguido muy de cerca los principales acontecimientos internacionales. Ha trabajado en periódicos italianos como Il Manifesto, L’Unitá, La Repubblica o la Gazzetta dello Sport. Ha sido redactor jefe de deportes en Euronews TV y ha colaborado en otros medios como la RAI en Italia y Granada TV en Gran Bretaña.Desde que en 2001 se trasladó a vivir a España, trabaja como corresponsal de Sky Tg24, a la vez que ejerce como comentarista deportivo de La Sexta, Cuatro, Onda Cero y Cadena Ser, así como de columnista del diario Marca y colaborador del Corriere della Sera.

©2020 SAGA Egmont (P)2020 SAGA Egmont

Narrator: Oscar Chamorro
Author: Luca Caioli
Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
Available on Audible
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Finally Free

Summary

One of the most talented and polarizing athletes of our generation, Michael Vick’s stunning story has captured news headlines across the nation. From his poverty-stricken youth, to his success on the field in high school and college, to his rise to NFL stardom and his fall from grace, Finally Free shows how a gifted athlete’s life spiraled out of control under the glare of money and fame, aided by his own poor choices. In his own words, Vick details his regrets, his search for forgiveness, the moments of unlikely grace - and the brokenness that brought his redemption on the way to his celebrated return to the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles.PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2012 Michael Vick (P)2012 Oasis Audio

Narrator: Rodney Gardiner
Author: Michael Vick
Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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Yonkis Y Gitanos [Yonkis and Gypsies]

Summary

En realidad, la obra de Hemingway es un gran críptico sobre la historia sevillista. Y quien diga lo contrario, o se lo dijera a cierto chaval que vio a su equipo bajar con 16 años y ahí quedó tullido de la cabeza para siempre, miente o es un imbécil. Si no fuera así, ¿qué simboliza entonces el leopardo congelado en las nieves perpetuas del Kilimanjaro, sino el título de Liga que nunca podremos alcanzar mientras morimos de gangrena a pocos pasos de él? Es un audiolibro que cautiva al oyente en los primeros instantes, un relato que va más allá de la historia del fútbol. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2014 José Lobo 2014 Libros del K.O., S.L.L. (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Victor Manzur
Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
Available on Audible
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Understanding Football for Beginners

Summary

Learning football is not as difficult as you may have thought. Some people think football is confusing and sometimes, it can seem that way. Often the problem begins with trying to learn football from someone who understands football, but is so wrapped up in the game they are watching that they can't explain football adequately. Fans of football get so mesmerized watching the game that they don't want to explain it and may even get agitated when asked to explain football. That's where this audiobook comes in. Listen to How to Understand Football for Beginners once. Then watch a game on television. You will see that it's possible to understand football in less than an hour! If you find some things about football that are not clear, listen to the short book again and watch another game. By that point, you will understand football enough to enjoy the game. You will pick up on the intricacies of football as you continue to watch and enjoy football. There are no complicated diagrams or discussions of football "formations" or any of that nonsense! You'll just learn how football works and how to enjoy football. It's fun! And you can listen to Understanding Football for Beginners: How to Understand Football in Less Than an Hour in LESS than an hour! Start enjoying Super Bowl parties. Have fun at games with your friends. Spend more time with your significant other and enjoy America's number-one sport: football!

©2015 Mark A Hicks (P)2015 Mark A Hicks

Narrator: Jack Hicks
Author: Jack Hicks
Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
Available on Audible
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Peyton Manning

Summary

Discover the Inspirational Story of Football Superstar Peyton Manning! You're about to discover the incredibly inspirational story of football superstar Peyton Manning. If you're reading this, then you must be a Peyton Manning fan, like so many others. As a fan, you must wonder how this man is so talented and want to know more about him. Peyton Manning is considered as one of the greatest football players in the world, and it's been an honor to be able to watch him play throughout his career. This audiobook will reveal to you much about Peyton Manning's story and the many accomplishments throughout his career. Here is a preview of what you'll learn: Youth and Family Life High School and College Career Professional Career and Personal Life Legacy, Charitable Acts and Much More! If you want to learn more about Peyton Manning, then this book is for you. It will reveal to you many things that you did not know about this incredible football star!

©2013 Bill Redban (P)2015 Bill Redban

Narrator: Michael Pauley
Author: Bill Redban
Length: 26 mins
Available on Audible
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The Proving Ground

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Life in the minor leagues of football, which NFL Europe has been aptly dubbed, can be funny, sad, profound and ludicrous all at the same time. At its heart, this six-team league is a short-stop away from either the glamour of the NFL or the bottom of the professional football scrap pile - a crossroads full of real-life drama where the joy of "making it" can be tempered by failure or injury with one misstep; where the difference between a multimillion dollar NFL contract and abject poverty may only be one play away. Just ask Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner. Author Lars Anderson brings to life the compelling drama of NFL Europe by spending a season with the Scottish Claymores. Anderson lives with the players at a hotel in Glasgow, Scotland, spending every waking minute with them - eating and heading out to the pubs as the Claymores make their championship run. Along with detailing the life and times of the Claymores, Anderson digs deep into the background of the players and coaches to help explain why some succeed and others fail in their quest to make it to that shining city on the hill - the NFL. Through the eyes of Anderson, the listener experiences what it means and what it's like to be a football player in Europe. The men that make up the Claymores are the strength of this book - a funny and complex lot that face many of the same issues we tackle every day. An inspiring portrait of both new beginnings and bitter ends, The Proving Ground will shock and delight listeners, while showing them another side of the professional football player. Of The Proving Ground, Frank Deford, award-winning author and commentator, says "Anderson deftly shows that you can take the football player out of America, but...he's the same creature, loving the game and scrambling for one more chance."

©2004 Lars Anderson (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Jeremy Arthur
Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
Available on Audible
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Just Win, Baby

1 rating

Summary

Revealing how an obscure young assistant coach, in less than a decade, progressed to become a head coach, general manager, league commissioner, and controlling partner of the Oakland Raiders franchise, this biography pays tribute to the late Al Davis. Contrary to Davis’s notoriously quirky and reclusive reputation, this account is based on the inside scoop he personally gave the author, lending his full cooperation to relate the account of his life and career. With a treasure trove of previously untold anecdotes, personal reminiscences, and highlights of Davis’s leadership of the Raiders as professional football became America’s premier spectator sport, this chronicle details the major impact this maverick owner had - not only on professional football, but also on America’s sports scene as a whole. The subject’s influence on the merger of the American and National Football Leagues into the greater NFL is also reviewed as is his election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

©2012 Murray Olderman (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Jeremy Arthur
Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
Available on Audible
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Tom Brady

Summary

This audiobook aims to serve as a biography of Tom Brady, documenting his life and career to date. Inside, you will learn about Brady’s childhood, his high school career, his time at college, as well as all of his NFL achievements!   As you will soon discover, Tom Brady was not a natural football player. His incredible work ethic has been his key to success and has served him well throughout the years.   Although he is now in his 40s, Tom Brady is showing no signs of slowing down. In this audiobook, we also discuss what might be next for Tom Brady and where his career could take him after football!

©2018 Ingram Publishing (P)2018 Ingram Publishing

Narrator: Rob Hegner
Author: David Bowes
Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
Available on Audible
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CLIVE WOODWARD

1 rating

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The greatest coach England has ever produced? Madmen? Genius? This is the ultimate, award-winning, highly acclaimed biography of Sir Clive Woodward. It has been brought fully up-to-date to celebrate the 10th anniversary of England's rugby World Cup victory.  Learn about ever facet of Woodward's life. What made him great? Who did he upset along the way? What do the players REALLY think of him? What went wrong in football and what did he do to help British Olympians in their training for London 2012. He's brilliantly successful but what is he really like? And what does he do with teams to make them so successful?

©2005 Alison Kervin (P)2018 Alison Kervin

Narrator: Adrian James
Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
Available on Audible
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Surviving the Lights: A Professional Athlete's Playbook to Avoiding the Curse

Summary

It's more than a game; it's more than money; it's your life!  This audiobook will help aspiring professional athletes and their families avoid the curse that oftentimes comes with the professional sports culture.  Why do so many NFL and NBA athletes struggle to lead productive, successful lives when they retire? Why do they invest in their talent but not their life? Don’t they know their playing days have an expiration date?  The bigger question is: Why don’t college athletes prepare to be professionals like they prepare to be professional athletes? Why do they repeat their predecessors’ mistakes? Isn’t that insanity?  By studying this playbook, aspiring and rookie NBA and NFL athletes will be able to create a blueprint to prepare them to navigate the world of professional sports and successfully transition into the final stage of their lives. This playbook takes a proactive approach in addressing the common issues that plague athletes, enabling them to move forward strategically and with purpose.  This is your opportunity to change your thinking so you can change the game! By listening to this audiobook, you will give yourself a better shot at surviving the lights!

©2017 Tywanna Smith (P)2018 I'm Hearing Stories

Narrator: Ashley Nero
Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
Available on Audible
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Belief

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From prison to premiership glory; this is Marlion Pickett’s extraordinary story. It’s the third quarter in the biggest game of the season. A young man lines up for goal. The 100,000 strong crowd leaps to its feet and roars as Marlion Pickett sends the ball soaring through the goalposts for his first ever major, celebrated by every teammate, a tradition upheld even on Grand Final day. It was the 2019 AFL Grand Final, and Richmond’s Marlion Pickett was making history as the first player in over 50 years to debut on that "one day in September". Marlion helped the Tigers thrash the Greater Western Sydney Giants in their debut grand final appearance and was judged third best on ground, only six days after steering Richmond’s VFL team with his best on ground performance to their nail biting Grand Final victory. Marlion Pickett’s extraordinary story of redemption is a true fairy tale. The tale of a man who came back from the brink to triumph on Australian sport’s biggest stage, a long-held dream come true. What’s even more remarkable about Marlion’s journey is how this young, troubled Aboriginal kid from Western Australia ever got his chance in the first place. A story all too sadly familiar - about drugs, crime, violence and time spent in jail - but also about a life picked up piece by piece through his own belief in himself and those around him who believed in him too. Belief also takes us inside the South Fremantle and Richmond Football clubs - clubs that have made stars and cult heroes out of other Indigenous players; clubs willing to overlook a talented kid’s troubled past to give him a chance. We meet the fellow players and support network who stood by Marlion’s side as he fought back against injury and the doubters and proudly ran onto the field at the MCG. Marlion’s resilience and strength is inspirational. His is an unforgettable Australian story of triumph over adversity. Foreword by Brendan Gale, CEO Richmond Football Club and Damien Hardwick, Senior Coach Richmond Football Club   "[Belief reads] like a Steinbeck novel cum Tarantino film due to the vividly unfolding drama on almost every page." (Dr. Sean Gorman, AFL.com.au)

©2020 Marlion Pickett (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
Available on Audible
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I Feel Like Going On

6 ratings

Summary

Ray Lewis, legendary Baltimore Ravens linebacker and one of the greatest defensive players of his generation, holds nothing back on the state of football as well as his troubled childhood, his rise to athletic greatness, the storm that threatened to ruin his NFL career, and the devastating injury that nearly cost him a final moment of glory. A lot of folks, they know my game, but they don't know my deal. This audiobook right here, it tells the story of my 17-year NFL career. It tells of my two Super Bowls, the mark I was blessed to be able to make on the game, on the city of Baltimore. But it also tells the story of how I grew up - abandoned by my no-account father, raised with my siblings by our God-fearing, hardworking single mother. It tells how I sometimes struggled off the field. It tells of the anguish and controversy that found me away from the game. Mostly it tells how heartbreak can sometimes lift you to greatness and glory - if you find a way to put your focus on faith and faith in your focus. When I left the game, confetti raining down on my teammates and me after winning the Super Bowl, I made a promise to myself to show how the game is really played at the highest level. That's what you'll find in this audio - a raw, honest look at the business of football and a look behind the scenes at some of the most torturous aspects of the game. The grind of the NFL - that's what shines through. My deal? That grind is a given. Every player who wears an NFL uniform has to slog through the same battles just to get to the league. But it's how you prepare for those battles that defines you - and here I hope to show how an unwavering trust in God and an unbreakable sense of purpose can lift you from tragedy to triumph. From strength to strength, man - that's the deal.

©2015 Ray A. Lewis Jr. (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: JD Jackson
Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
Available on Audible
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Uncommon

2 ratings

Summary

Super Bowl-winning coach and number-one New York Times best-selling author Tony Dungy has had an unusual opportunity to reflect on what it takes to achieve significance. He is looked to by many as the epitome of the success and significance that is highly valued in our culture. He also works every day with young men who are trying to achieve significance through football and all that goes with a professional athletic career, such as money, power, and celebrity. Coach Dungy has had all that, but he passionately believes there is a different path to significance, a path characterized by attitudes, ambitions, and allegiances that are all too rare but uncommonly rewarding. Uncommon reveals lessons on achieving significance that the coach has learned from his remarkable parents, his athletic and coaching career, his mentors, and his journey with God. A particular focus of the book: what it means to be a man of significance in a culture that is offering young men few positive role models.

©2009 Tony Dungy (P)2009 Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Narrator: Tony Dungy
Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
Available on Audible
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Black College Football

Summary

Black College Football: The Game That Time Forgot will re-explain everything that you thought you knew about Black college football. No one has ever discussed the contribution of BCF to the culture or the game of football in this fashion.  Carlos Lock provides accounts of forgotten games, legendary players, and coaches, but most importantly, he instills the narrative that Black College Football matters. This book reinforces that belief and recognizes BCF contributions to African American Culture and the game of football.  This book provides a pocket guide to historically Black colleges and universities’ classic football games to include appropriate etiquette when attending. Lock also recommends solutions for HBCU administrators to chart a new course and revive the Black College Football fan base. Lock grew up a Jackson State fan and lived Southwestern Athletic Conference football for a decade. He attended Hampton University, a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference school, where he noted the subtleties between the two conferences. He is more than equipped to tell this story; football is in his DNA.

©2020 Carlos A. Lock (P)2021 Carlos A. Lock

Narrator: Helena Studmire
Author: Carlos Lock
Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
Available on Audible
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PhD Football: Quarterback

Summary

Success on offense begins and ends with the quarterback! PhD Football: Quarterback covers all aspects of the most important position in football: the quarterback!  In this audiobook, you are led through the incremental process of how the top coaching staffs in the country coach and train the quarterback position. From selecting the right individual to lead the team, to quarterback drills and fundamentals, to detailing intricate coaching keys and progressions when tutoring the quarterback position, PhD Football: Quarterback covers it all!  Go inside the championship football program and discover how the best quarterbacks are taught, coached, and trained by some of the leading offensive minds in the country. When you are finished with this volume, you will truly be a quarterback guru!

©2015 Mike Lowry (P)2018 Mike Lowry

Narrator: Craig Levin
Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
Available on Audible