Faith in the Game: Lessons on Football, Work, and Life

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Title Faith in the Game: Lessons on Football, Work, and Life
ISBN 0767904222
Author Osborne, Tom
Binding Hardcover
Publisher Broadway
Publisher Year 1999
Condition Fine
Description 0767904222 From Library Journal Osborne coached football at the University of Nebraska for 37 years, the last 25 as head coach. Always a powerhouse team, the Nebraska Cornhuskers won an impressive number of national championships in that time, and Coach Osborne finished with an 84 percent winning record. Now retired, the devoutly Christian Osborne wrote this book to describe his recipe for success on the field and off. Not surprisingly, the values espoused are traditional ones: character, honesty, loyalty, sacrifice, hard work, unity, perseverance, and teamwork. These are illustrated by anecdotes and examples from the coach's vast experience. In his later years of coaching, several Cornhuskers had well-publicized troubles with the law. It is interesting to read Osborne's version of these incidents and how he dealt with them in light of his values. Worthwhile to libraries with interests in college football or Nebraska.AJohn M. Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Camden, NJ Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. From Booklist Osborne was the head football coach at the University of Nebraska for 25 years, winning three national championships during that time. He applied the teachings of Christianity to his coaching technique, and now, as a motivational speaker and as the author of this memoir, he uses examples from his football career to illustrate Christian principles. Writing without a coauthor or ghostwriter, Osborne comes through loud and clear, but unfortunately, his prose is as stiff and monotonous as his football teams, whether he is describing offensive style or defending the university's handling of a series of controversies involving misbehaving players. Despite Osborne's success, he never cultivated a national profile with his low-key, self-effacing personality. This memoir probably won't change that, but just as opposing teams could never ignore Nebraska in the Osborne era, so college football fans shouldn't ignore the life story of one of the game's best coaches. As sports memoirs go, though, it's the football equivalent of a 6^-5 season with no trip to a bowl game. Wes Lukowsky


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