Last week, as it does every year, marked one of the coldest and darkest weeks for some members of the US population. I’m not talking about the people in the frozen Midwest or the snow covered east, I’m talking about football fans. Last week was the week that marks the longest wait until the next football game occurs in the fall. Some of you non-football fans can’t relate and that’s ok, to understand you can compare it to your favorite TV show ending the season on a cliff hanger. To make matters worse negotiations between players and owners could result in a delayed start to next season. If only there was a way to ease this possible long wait!
No, not video games or back yard football.
Our two most recent hits will definitely distract you from the lack of weekly gridiron battles.
Coming Back Stronger by Drew Brees is an excellent book for the football deprived fan. Not only does it blend a personal story of trials and triumph on and off the field, but it stars Super Bowl XLIV MVP Drew Brees (you can read the first chapter here). Below is a picture of me helping Drew at a book signing and I can tell you his intense focus and drive even came out during the event. He was determined to sign every one’s book and when the hours of the book signing were coming to an end and the line was still long, he got that quarterback, 4th quarter, game winning drive look on his face. Everyone got their books signed that day.
The Mentor Leader (read the first chapter here) by Tony Dungy is another recent bestselling book. In the book Coach Dungy talks about his leadership philosophy and how applying it to his life helped propel him to the top of his profession. The picture below is from a book signing right after Coach Dungy spoke at Tyndale’s headquarters. If you ever get a chance to hear Tony Dungy speak you must do it, you won’t be disappointed. Be sure to check out some other bestsellers by Tony Dungy – Quiet Strength and Uncommon.
OK, enough pictures of me and NFL greats (these are the only ones I have…so far), let us move on to some other great football related books:
So if you time it out just right you could read a new football related book every few weeks and it will be a smooth transition right into next season.
Have you read any of these books? Which ones are your favorite?